Mom And Son Safari
  • On Oct 9, 2013
    Dana from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Will be in WDW March 2014 and 2 of my children have CP. Hoping to use the DAS. Are there any maps that show where the new DAS kiosk are located within each park?

    Hi Dana!

    I have a son with Cerebral Palsy and we've always found Disney World (WDW) to be a great place for special needs Guests. The Disability Access Service (DAS) at WDW will work a little different than Disneyland's DAS. At WDW, you'll need to visit Guest Relations when you visit the first theme park of your trip to request a Disability Access Service (DAS) Card. You will not be required to bring any medical documentation regarding your children's conditions but they will need to be present with you to obtain the DAS to have their photo taken for the cards so be prepared for it to take a few minutes.

    Once you obtain a DAS, you can go to an attraction and see a Cast Member at the entrance to get a return time to enter the FASTPASS (FP) or other alternate entrance if necessary. Your children will not need to be present to get a return time for attractions. The DAS differs from a FP in that there is no window return time so there is no pressure to make it back to that attraction within a certain time frame. I know from experience it can take longer to eat, take potty breaks and maneuver through the parks.

    You can only obtain a return time for one attraction at a time but you can go and get another DAS return time for a different attraction once you've finish one. FP and FastPass+ can be used in addition to the DAS return time. Please keep in mind that there may be some changes along the way for the new DAS system before your trip.

    In addition to mobility disabilities, my son also has some Cognitive Disabilities. Disney has put together A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which you can find on the link shown above. This will give you a lot of things you can do before and during your trip to help it go as smoothly as possible.

    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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