Mom and child riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • On Dec 30, 2022
    Candace from AR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Both my son and I have health conditions, he has never been to Disney and I went when I was 15 it has been 25 years since I have been. Are there accommodations for those with Autism, Adhd, and sensory processing disorder and epilepsy.

    Hi, Candace! 

    I'm so glad you came to planDisney with this question.  As the mom of a kiddo with special needs, I can tell you from first-hand experience that Walt Disney World goes above and beyond to make the magic accessible to everyone.

    My son is on the autism spectrum, and when we visit Walt Disney World Resort, we use Disability Access Service (DAS).  DAS is a program intended to help Guests who, due to a disability, cannot wait in a typical queue environment.  To see if DAS is an appropriate accommodation for you and your son, you can stop by any Guest Relations location.  If you would prefer to get your plans squared away before you leave for your vacation, you may also pre-register for DAS through a video chat with a Cast Member.  This can be done as early as 30 days in advance of a theme park visit, but no less than 2 days before arrival.  

    If the Cast Members determine that DAS is a good fit for your family, you will be able to select an attraction using your My Disney Experience mobile app.  You will be given a return time based on that attraction's current standby wait.  You may return to experience that attraction any time after the given return time, and once you experience one attraction, you may make your next DAS return time for another.

    As you prepare for your visit, I think you might find it helpful to look over Walt Disney World's Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities.  You also might want to refer to the Attraction Details for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities as you plan your vacation activities.  It is also worth mentioning that Walt Disney World Resort recommends that Guests who have a photosensitivity or seizure disorder should consult with their physician for specific instructions before visiting the theme parks, as specialty lighting effects and other visual effects are used extensively throughout shows and attractions.

    If you should wish to further discuss your particular situation with a Cast Member, contact information can be found on the Services for Guests with Disabilities page on the Walt Disney World website.  We're also always here for you at planDisney if you have additional questions.  I hope you and your son make some magical memories together!

    See ya real soon!
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Hello! I'm Samantha, a wife and mom of two from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  There is nothing I love more than making magical vacation memories with my family, and Walt Disney World Resort is our home away from home.  For years, I have helped my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and now I have the opportunity to help even more people as a planDisney panelist.  I cannot wait to help you plan the vacation of your dreams! Learn More About Samantha

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