• On Jan 8, 2019
    Astrid from CA 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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    I will Visiting Disneyland with my nephew that is autistic. any suggestions to make his experience less stressful? It's his birthday and he wants to celebrate at Disneyland. We are nervous since the crowds and line can be to stressful for him

    Hiya, Astrid,

    As a parent of children on the Autism Spectrum myself, I find it touching that you feel such compassion for your nephew's well-being. Helping him enjoy your family visit to the Disneyland Resort will help make it a magical experience for your whole party.

    The Disneyland Resort provides many accommodations for guests with disabilities, including for guests with cognitive disabilities. Because circumstances vary for each guest, it is important to consult individually with a cast member at the main Guest Relations locations. In Disneyland Park, start your visit off at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. In Disney California Adventure Park, head over to Chamber of Commerce on Buena Vista Street. While visiting there, ask for a complimentary birthday button for your nephew. It’s a great way to send some special pixie dust his way!
    As our children with autism are relatively high-functioning, we have found that planning ahead and employing creative coping strategies has helped to work with their specific sensory and social needs. Our children happen to do well if they have a favorite snack or activity available. This helps to keep them calm and content while waiting in attraction lines. For times when the excitement in the parks overwhelms their senses, we find that simply finding a quiet place to rest and relax helps out a lot. One of our favorite spots is the Disney Animation Building in Disney California Adventure Park. In Disneyland Park, we like to enjoy a snack of Mickey-shaped beignets at the Mint Julep Bar.
    Please come back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel with any more questions you may have. Have a magical time, Astrid!

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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! I’m excited to help you discover the storytelling magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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