Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Nov 8, 2011
    Mimi 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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    We are taking a family vacation to WDW from Dec. 26- Jan 2. I have a 4 year old boy with Down's Syndrome and am wondering if there are any special programs that my child can participate in? He loves Mickey, Minnie, and pirates!

    First and foremost, congratulations on your upcoming trip; it'll be here sooner than you know it!  Secondly, while there aren't any specific programs aimed at children with Down syndrome (I have a twelve-year-old daughter with it), that doesn't mean that your son can't participate in most things.  For example, since he's a lover of all things buccaneer, you might consider taking him to The Pirates League where he can get his own pirate on.  The Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage is another great activity for children his age.  My daughter loves every minute of it!  Your son's love for Mickey and Minnie means he'd probably have a great time dining at Chef Mickey's where the characters will come by his table for a short visit while he's eating. 

    I've always found that my daughter is more alike other children than different; for the most part, she enjoys the same types of activities that my typically-developing kids do.  There are a ton of options for kids (and kids at heart) all around Walt Disney World.  My suggestion would be to read up on some of these tours and special experiences and see which--if any--your son would most enjoy.  Have a great trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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