Mom And Son Safari
  • On Mar 17, 2013
    Rebekah 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.

    Thanks for the advice about character dining. I would appreciate any tips you might have about thr best attractions and shows with Mickey in to take my autistic son to. Also would you advise doing the family magic tour with him?

    Hi, Rebekah! Thanks for sending me your follow-up question. 

    I've come up with a list of the top attractions, shows and character experiences featuring Mickey in the theme parks which I think your son may enjoy:

    Magic Kingdom:

    - Mickey's PhilharMagic
    - Meet Mickey in the Town Square Theater
    - Celebrate A Dream Come True afternoon parade
    - Dream Along with Mickey (live stage show in front of Cinderella Castle)
    - Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party

    Hollywood Studios:

    - Disney Junior - Live on Stage!
    - Meet Sorcerer Mickey in the Magic of Disney Animation building
    - Walt Disney: One Man's Dream

    Animal Kingdom:

    - Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade
    - Meet Mickey and friends at Adventurers Outpost on Discovery Island


    - Meet Mickey and friends at the Epcot Character Spot

    I would actually not recommend doing the Family Magic Tour with your son. We took my 7-year-old daughter on the Family Magic Tour a few months ago and she enjoyed it, but it was an exhausting experience! In my opinion, this tour is best suited to children age 6 and up. The tour lasts nearly 3 hours and involves hunting for clues all over Magic Kingdom park. The kids and their parents - along with their tour guide - run at full speed from one location to the next with only one break for a snack and drink. The kids get very excited and swarm around the tour guide at each stop - it makes for a bit of a frenetic atmosphere. The whole experience may feel too crowded and may be too overstimulating for your son. 

    Rebekah, please don't hesitate to write me back with any other questions as you plan your trip. I'd be happy to provide additional recommendations to help make your son's visit extra magical


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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, New Jersey

I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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