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  • On Jan 6, 2010
    Jessica from TX 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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    I am a special ed. teacher and my room is all DIsneyed out. Since all my parents know I know about Disney they come to me for help when they are planning their trips with their special children, What do you feel is the most important information?

    Hi Jessica,

    Let me begin by thanking you for being a special needs teacher! Being a mom of a special needs son, I know how hard you work! There is a section on the WDW website devoted specifically to guests with special needs.  Clerk here to view it. 

    Disney is a great place for special needs kids. Its sometimes hard for a parent to take their child out of their comfort zone but WDW is an awesome place to do it. Its a magical place where they can come & leave their worries behind & just have a great time as a family. The cast members are awesome at accommodating special needs as much as possible. 

    Most resorts have handicapped accessible rooms to make visits more comfortable. Guests can request a Guest Assistance Card at Guest Relations when they enter a theme park to indicate that they need special assistance at the attractions (you only have to request it once & get it dated to last to the end of your trip).
    I like people to know that depending on the extent of their disabilities, Disney may not be able to accommodate them at every attraction. Safety is Disney's # 1 concern.  Guide Maps for the parks will indicate as to whether a person is allowed to remain in a wheelchair for the attraction or if they are required to transfer out of the wheelchair to be allowed on the attraction. A parent should know their child's limitations & plan around them. They may not get to see everything but can make the most of what they can do. A lot of restaurants can accommodate special diets. Hoop Dee Doo Revue even pureed my son's food.  Tell parents to relax & go with the flow.  I could go on & on but I'm limited on space when answering questions. Please feel free to send more questions. I'm honored to assist in any way possible. Thanks for all you do for your students & parents!
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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