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  • On Mar 17, 2009
    Cindy from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be traveling to Disney the 1st week of April. Our son has autism and cannot stand the sound of loud fireworks but loves to watch them. Can you suggets somewhere we can go inside to watch them?

    Hi Cindy!

    I have a few suggestions to help ensure your pirate-in-training experiences Wishes (the fireworks spectacular) in a way that's best for him.  The most low-key (in my opinion) would be to secure dinner reservations at either the California Grille (at the Contemporary Resort) or Narcoosee's (at the Grand Floridian) at a time that corresponds to the evening show.  At either of these, the music from the show is piped into the restaurants, but you won't here the crackling/popping, etc.  Other options involve watching the show from one of the beaches of the resorts on the monorail line.  The Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Contemporary will all afford a good view of the show.  You may still hear some of the popping sounds, but its no where near as intense as being in the Magic Kingdom.  The beach at the Polynesian is our favorite non-Main Street spot.  

    The independent website www.allears.net has some great tips from families who have travelled to Disney with a child with Autism.  If you are interested in reading about their experiences, simply type "autism" in the search funtion from the home page.

    There are lots of other great tips on the Panel for traveling with special needs friends.  If your son cannot wait in long lines, I recommend a Guest Assistance Card in a number of posts for example.  Click HERE for more information.

    I hope your son has a magical trip!

    Tanya 
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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