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  • On Aug 23, 2010
    Leighann from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    1st trip to WDW in January! My DS4 has Autism and has trouble staying seated sometimes. During a show like Mickey's PhilharMagic can he stay in his stroller so he won't want to run around? Also can you exit a show or attraction like this early if needed?

    Hi Leighann,

    WDW is an AMAZING place for Guests w/ special needs. When you enter the 1st theme park during your visit, go to Guest Relations, explain that your son has Autism & request a Guest Assistance Card for him. The GAC will indicate to Cast Members that he may require special assistance at the attractions such as an alternate entrance if he unable to wait in line. 
    You will be able to use his stroller in lines & in shows when you feel its necessary. There are a couple of things you need to help facilitate this. When you are at Guest Relations getting the Guest Assistance Card, tell them that he uses a stroller instead of a wheelchair. They'll need to stamp the GAC to indicate that "Guests can use their stroller as a wheelchair" in addition to the "Guests can use an alternate attraction entrance, where available". Also be sure to obtain a red band which indicates his stroller is being used as a wheelchair. Put it in a location Cast Members can easily see - I put it on the handle. If you don't have the stamps & band, you will be asked to park the stroller in designated stroller parking areas for an attraction. 

    When you enter an attraction such as Mickey's PhilharMagic, a CM will direct you to handicapped accessible seating. You are more than welcome to exit a show if for some reason he needs to exit early.  Look for the nearest CM so that they can assist you.  Being on an attraction is a little different - it would be very difficult to get off Buzz Lightyear's Span Ranger Spin in the middle of a battle with the evil emperor Zurg.

    If your son has any comfort items, be sure to bring them. If he becomes agitated or upset, remember to breathe - it will be okay. You've chosen a wonderful place to visit w/ him. Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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