Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Jan 26, 2014
    Kevin from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi there! I have two little boys, age 6 and 3. My youngest is autistic. We are coming to the parks in early February. I was wondering if there were special viewing areas for parades and/or fireworks. If so, where are they and how would we access them? THX

    Hi Kevin,

    I hope this question reaches you prior to you leaving on your Walt Disney World Vacation. 

    Disney does a good job of accommodating guests who may need a little extra pixie dust to make their stay magical. This does include use of the Disability Access Service (DAS) card and Rider Switch. The Disability Access Service card is new to the parks and replaces the Guest Assistance Card (GAC). One of the major changes between the two is the wait time for an attraction. The GAC allowed as needed access to the attractions where as the DAS assigns a time. As a parent with an autistic child, timing is everything and the assigned time might not meet up with what is best for your child. 

    While the DAS system is new, the hope is that only the guest that truly need it will have access to it. In addition, when paired with FastPass+ and real time wait times available on mobile devices, some of the obstacles will be removed.

    As for special viewing areas for parades and fireworks for guests with disabilities, Disney does not offer this to guests. However, my daughter has Aspergers and fireworks are only now tolerated at 17. If you are in Magic Kingdom, stay in the outer lands like Fantasyland by Gaston's or Frontierland for viewing. The fireworks are not as loud. Or head to the Polynesian resort and watch from their beach. 

    For Epcot, Illuminations takes place on the water around World Showcase. If you can do without seeing this small piece of the show, watch it from the big water fountain in Future World.

    I recommend earplugs or headphones to keep the noise at a minimum.

    Wishing you a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Beth, New York

My name is Beth C. and I love Disney. Since I can remember Disney has been a part of my life including my first movie in the theater – "The Aristocats." Learn More About Beth

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