• On Feb 19, 2021
    Donna from VA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Traveling to wild kingdom in April 2021 with son who has autism. We need help planning our trip and where to stay in a Disney resort close to wild kingdom park. Thank you, Donna 

    Jambo (Greetings), Donna! 

    There’s nothing like taking a vacation to Walt Disney World Resort with your family. The magic feels all too real as you are immersed in the stories being told throughout each Theme Park and Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

    The first thing I’d recommend for your Mouseketeer is the Disability Access Service (DAS) which helps Guests who may be unable to wait in a traditional queue. Head over to Guest Relations, located in every Theme Park when you first enter with your entire party; they can provide your son with a disability pass by setting up the service. The way it works is a Cast Member at your attraction of choice will provide you a return time for that attraction. My family has used the Disability Access Service before, and I cannot begin to explain how wonderful I think is. You may also find the Services for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities helpful.

    I am wild about Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park! We are huge fans of Kilimanjaro Safaris and love exploring Pandora - The World of Avatar! A really great way to tackle this and any other Theme Park would be to go in as early as Park opening. Another tip that helped my kiddo prepare during his first trip to Walt Disney World Resort was watching videos of some of the attractions so he knew what to expect. A simple Internet search will bring up lots of options. My pal and fellow panelist, Jackie P.  reminded me she brings along Post-it notes to place on toilet sensors to prevent auto-flushing! Relaxing as you have a meal is wonderful and I adore Satu’li Canteen at Pandora. Be sure to download My Disney Experience Mobile app so you can place your order ahead of time with Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering!

    Check out Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village as an option for your Walt Disney World Resort hotel. It is the closest to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and I love that Kidani Village borders the savanna and many of the rooms have spectacular savanna views!

    Here is a Know Before You Go guide to help you with all of the latest updates! Also, to limit capacity in each Theme Park, Disney has introduced the new Disney Park Pass system!  If you haven't already, be sure to make your Disney Park Pass reservations, along with your tickets, so you’re able to enjoy the magical Theme Parks of your choice!

    Donna, I hope you and your son have the most enchanting vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Aena, Texas

Hi friends! Consider me your own Fairy Godmother, full of helpful tips to make your Walt Disney World Resort vacation magical. I'm Aena, wife to my Prince Charming, mom to future Imagineers, and forever a kid at heart. I call Walt Disney World...I mean, Texas home, and spend my time singing Disney tunes. One of my favorite things to do is to stay on property and explore everything the resorts have to offer. I'd love to help you find the best Instagram-worthy spots for your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Aena

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