Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Nov 14, 2013
    Jennifer from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be visiting in February 2014 with my daughter who is has severe ADHD and my nephew who is autistic. I know the pass has changed since we were there last which we are nervous about but wondering if the pricing is different for a child w/ disability?

    Hi Jennifer ~

    I have a son with Cerebral Palsy and we've grown accustomed to using the Guest Assistance Card. We were comfortable going to the parks because we knew what to expect. With the Disability Access Service (DAS) Card, they're hoping to serve Guests on a more individual basis while making the wait experience fair to all Guests.

    The pricing for Guests with Disabilities is the same as other Guests but Disney does try its best to accommodate Guests with Disabilities to make their experience as enjoyable as possible. If your daughter or nephew is under the age of 3, they will not need a ticket to enter the parks. If you see that they are not able to make it full days in the parks, you may want to speak to Guest Relations to see if they can offer some suggestions.

    Disney is trying to assist Guests with Cognitive Disabilities. They have put together A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which you can find on the link shown above.

    I'm limited in space but answered a question with details of how the DAS works that may help you. Here's a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the DAS.

    Bring comfort items if possible. Head phones or ear plugs help keep the noise level down. If they become anxious, remember the things you do at home to calm them down (like singing). Remember to breathe. Sometimes you may just have to take a break and try again later.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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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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