Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On May 7, 2012
    Julie from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My son has severe anxiety, boaderline aspergers, and severe eating difficulties. Will he need 2 gacs or can they put everything on one card?

    Hi Julie!


    He will require just one Guest Assistance Card (GAC). Once you arrive at Disney Theme Parks, be sure to stop by Guest Services (GS) to obtain a GAC for your son. The GS Cast Member will add stamps to the GAC alerting attraction Cast Members to the special assistance your son requires. In order to use a GAC your son must be present when entering attractions. You won't be asked to provide proof of diagnosis, but is always wise to bring medical documentation to have handy in case of any unforseen emergencies.


    Since he has severed anxiety, I would recommend the following:


    1. Arrive at the theme parks when they open
    2. Take a mid-day break at your Disney resort hotel before going back to the theme parks for dinner and evening fireworks
    3. If he can't tolerate loud noises, bring ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones
    4. If he needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, consider the following. In Magic Kingdom take a ride to Tom Sawyer Island. In Disney's Animal Kingdom ride the Wild Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch. At Disney's Hollywood Studios stop by the tables and chairs area near Echo Lake, or sit on a bench in the quiet stretch of Pixar Place across from the empty Soundstage One. Epcot has several open spaces and water fountains that can help anyone refocus
    5. Try to maintain his regularly scheduled meal times and be sure to alert Cast Members of your son's diagnosis. Explain that you would prefer being seated in a quieter area of the restaurant, if at all possible


    There is no guarantee he will not experience anxiety during the trip, but these steps will go a long way in ensuring an enjoyable vacation for the entire family. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.


    Enjoy a most magical visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!
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