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  • On May 9, 2011
    Kathleen Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am traveling with two children.. one with moderate anxiety disorder.. we are looking forward to this trip but want it to be as comfortable as possible for her.. any suggestions other than fast passes? Thank you.

    Hi Kathleen,

    My children like to know where they are going. On our third trip, we tried to surprise them by waking them up and saying "Your Going to Disney World" and it be the television commercial in my home. Well this was a disaster because my children like to know what is going to happen.

    I recommend preplanning with your daughter. Have her get involved with what activities she would like to do during your stay. While you may determine the park you are going to visit, have her review the maps and pick the order of attractions. You could also have her help you plan where to eat.

    I would also concentrate on only one park each day. This way she is not worrying about the transition to the next park. When you arrive at the Walt Disney World Resorts, you could give her the maps for each park and review your day on the way in.

    Do you have a smart phone? If so, there are many wonderful apps that manage wait times as well as others that gives you a brief summary food options at restaurants and attractions highlights. I love WDW Complete Travel Guide as it has helped me figure out what to eat at a new restaurant. Plus it is written by my friend and Moms Panelist, Doug.

    Finally, if after the a time in the park if she is still not managing well, you can ask for a Guest Assistance Card (GAC). This is available at Guest Services and is valid for all your touring days.

    Have 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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