Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • On Mar 23, 2022
    Luna from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are there special acommodations for families with an autistic child with ADHD? We’re concerned about the need to wait in long lines as our daughter struggles with incontinence and low emotional regulation. Also, is proof of diagnosis required? Thanks!

    Hey there, hi there, ho there, Luna! You’re as welcome as can be. Thanks for visiting us at planDisney! I am honored to answer your question and help you plan for your visit to the Happiest Place on Earth.  

    One of my favorite aspects of Disney vacations is the effort and care that goes into making it a special and inclusive experience for every Guest. I am pleased to tell you more about the Disability Access Service (DAS) program, including a feature called DAS Advance. DAS is designed for Guests like your daughter who have difficulty waiting in line for extended periods of time. Though it doesn’t provide immediate access to attractions, you are able to schedule return times which will reduce your time spent in queues significantly. Through DAS Advance, you can request a video chat 2-30 days in advance of your arrival. Your daughter needs to be present for the chat. If you are deemed eligible for DAS, you can even pre-select two attractions per day of your visit. I suggest setting a reminder for yourself so you can request a video chat once you’re within 30 days of your visit. I love that you can reserve your DAS return times now through the Disneyland mobile app! This makes it very convenient to manage your day. (Tip – bring a mobile charger with you, as you’ll be using the app quite a bit throughout the day!)

    Another tip - you can use Disney Genie+ paired with DAS, which will increase the number of attractions you can experience in a day. Genie+ gives you the ability to use Lightning Lanes for major attractions, which are faster queues, reducing your wait times. Read more about my Magic Carpet Top 5 tips to help you plan!

    Luna, try to make at least one dining reservation per day of your visit. You can make reservations 60 days in advance, and they do fill up, especially during summer months. It's helpful to have a reservation secured for at least one sit down meal to rest your feet and regroup! Goofy’s Kitchen is one of my favorite character dining experiences. There is a huge, delicious buffet spread and Chef Goofy and pals will dance around the restaurant typically every 15-20 minutes. If you book exactly 60 days in advance, you should be able to find a reservation. Another fav for my 'ohana is Naples Ristorante e Bar in the Downtown Disney District. You can dine al fresco and enjoy delectable pizzas and pastas!

    Staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel is amazing! I shared tips with another Guest recently here. Also, have a look at the Good Neighbor Hotels, some across the street and within walking distance! 

    If you’re celebrating a birthday, 1st visit or any special occasion, pick up complimentary buttons at any Disney gift shop! You might get some pixie-dusted wishes from Cast Members throughout the day. 

    Luna, you shine bright as a caring mom. I wish you the most magical vacation ever. Please come by and see me with more questions – I'm all EARS! 


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Meet the Panelist: Kamini, California

Greetings from the Golden State! Like Elastigirl, I am a committed wife and mom, resourceful, passionate, and will stretch to any length for my loved ones! Two of my favorite places to spend time with my family are Disneyland Resort, and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. Being there is a treat for all the senses - the amazing sights, sounds, aromas, and flavors make us smile from ear to ear. I have decades of magical Disney moments woven into my heart, and I can't wait to share the magic with you! Learn More About Kamini

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