• On Jun 27, 2019
    Ericha from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    7 y/o son wants Disney for Bday, but I'm afraid it will be a nightmare. He is sensitive to loud noises, crowds, fireworks, fire, rides, etc.He is gluten intolerant. he wants to see characters and play games (we can't afford extra prices of games

    Hiya, Ericha,

    Oh boy! Celebrating birthdays at the Disneyland Resort is one of my favorite things! I do understand your concerns still. When my son was younger, he felt anxious and uncomfortable while standing in attraction lines. Over time, we developed special strategies to help ease his anxiety. Mostly that involved having small activities and snacks available for him. Of course, every child is unique. And you will want to employ the strategies you know work best for your son.

    The Disneyland Resort strives to provide necessary accommodations for guests with disabilities, including guests with cognitive disabilities. Because circumstances vary for each guest, in order to access certain accommodations, it is necessary to consult individually with a cast member at the main Guest Relations locations. In Disneyland Park, start your visit off at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. In Disney California Adventure Park, head over to Chamber of Commerce on Buena Vista Street. While visiting there, I recommend picking up a complimentary birthday button for your son. It’s a great way to send some special pixie dust his way.

    Some of the best Character Experiences with our young children have been at the various Character Dining experiences of the Disneyland Resort. I loved chatting with Chip and Dale about the special badges on their uniforms at Mickey’s Tales of Adventure Breakfast Buffet. And the cavalcade that Mickey leads through Storytellers Cafe is such a fun game. Another fun game we love is Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. This attraction is a slow-paced ride that includes a fun element of basting the evil Emperor Zurg’s army of marauding robots to save the galaxy’s batteries.

    When making reservations at table service restaurants, be sure to note special dietary needs, including food allergies. The online reservation system allows you to indicate restrictions from corn, wheat/gluten, milk, egg, peanut, fish, shellfish, soy, tree nut, and other ingredients. When you arrive at a restaurant, you may ask to speak with the chef or restaurant manager about any specific questions you may have. This is particularly useful at Character Dining experiences and other buffets so that appropriate items can be pointed out or even prepared specially in the kitchen. Many Quick Service restaurants have allergy-friendly menus online and in the Disneyland app. You may also email the Disneyland Resort Special Diets team with any specific questions or concerns.

    May your son have a magical birthday, Ericha!

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