• On Jul 27, 2017
    Mandy from MI 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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    We are trying to plan a trip for the spring of 2018. My son has high functioning Autism and sometimes gets overwhelmed. Are there quiet areas in the parks where he could step aside and regain his composure?

    Hi Mandy,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Thanks for sending us this excellent question.

    My youngest LOVES Disney, but he too can get overwhelmed with all the pixie dust flying at the theme parks sometimes. My first recommendation is to stop by Guest Relations to obtain a Disability Access Card. They are for Guests with a wide variety of special needs, including "invisible conditions" such as high functioning Autism. Here is the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card Fact Sheet.

    If he needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, consider the following. In Magic Kingdom take a ride to Tom Sawyer Island. In Disney's Animal Kingdom ride the Wild Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch. At Disney's Hollywood Studios stop by the tables and chairs area near Echo Lake. Epcot has several open spaces and water fountains that can help anyone refocus.

    I suggest arriving at the theme parks when they open, then take a mid-day break at your Disney Resort Hotel before going back to the theme parks for dinner and evening fireworks. If your son can't tolerate loud noises, bring ear plugs or even noise canceling headphones. Try to maintain the family's regularly scheduled meal times. At dining locations, be sure to alert Cast Members of your son's diagnosis. Explain that you would appreciate being seated in a quieter area of the restaurant, if at all possible. This will go a long way in ensuring an enjoyable vacation for the entire family.

    Wishing you a most unforgettable vacation at the place where The Magic is Endless!

    Ritzy ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Ritzy, Rhode Island

People describe my love for Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as intoxicating and contagious! My family fell in love with the Disney Magic aboard our first Disney cruise with Captain Mickey in 2006. I personally love to spread pixie dust, as I truly enjoy sharing my Disney experience with everyone! Learn More About Ritzy

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