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  • On Jun 6, 2016
    Nicola Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, we are visiting WDW in November 2016, our son has Developmental Delay and struggles with overwhelming environments, fireworks and waiting. Are there any allowances that can be made, tips etc. We have visited before with him and he coped OK.

    Hello, Nicola! 

    As a mom to a son with special needs, I understand how overwhelming the theme park environment can be. For my son, he does best early in the morning, so we utilize morning hours which usually tend to have fewer crowds and most attraction have a reduced wait time. We also take advantage of the complementary FastPass+ service included with our theme park tickets. Our son helps select the three FastPass+ experiences for our day, and he can view those as a visual schedule in My Disney Experience mobile app. To finish our time in the park, we have a late lunch before returning to our Disney Resort hotel for an afternoon of rest. Using the Disability Access Service (DAS) in tandem with FastPass+ allows us to maximize our morning in the theme park. The DAS allows your child (and up to 5 Guests) to obtain a return time to an attraction and can be requested at any theme park Guest Relations lobby.  

    Be sure to take a look at A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This resource offers a "What to Expect" section, planning strategies and transportation information, as well as detailed sensory information for each attraction. You will also find a list of locations at all four theme parks where you can take a break and have some quiet time.  

    I hope these suggestions are helpful. Please let me know if you have additional questions. 

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Texas

Hello, I’m Missy from Texas! I love all things Disney, especially the Walt Disney World Resort. Although we visit several times a year, there’s always something new to experience, making each vacation unique. As a mom to a son with special needs, I know the importance of cherishing every park visit and look forward to helping you plan magical moments for your family! Learn More About Missy

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