Kids on attraction
  • On Dec 16, 2019
    Antoinette from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi ya My name is Tonie and Me and My family will be coming to Disney World in May 2020 ( Only 138 days to go!!) I wanted to Know If you can give me some much needed tips for my Son he is a high functioning Autistic boy who also has ADHD i need tips please!

    Hi Antoinette,

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and greetings from a fellow mama of a Mouseketeer with autism. I'm so glad that you stopped by, and I'd be happy to share some tips with you to help your vacation run super smoothly for all of the members of your family!

    First, I'd encourage you to check out all of these fantastic resources available for Guests with cognitive disabilities. If you feel like your son will struggle with waiting in traditional queues due to his disabilities, definitely look into the Disability Access Service. It will allow you to skip the standby lines one attraction at a time, and can even be used in conjunction with the FastPass+ service. To set it up, you'll want to have your entire family go with you to a Guest Relations location inside a theme park when you first arrive. Simply share your concerns with the Cast Member there and he or she will be happy to set everything up for you. It's all managed digitally now, so it's easy peasy, and once it's all set up, it will be valid for the entire length of your stay. When you're ready to use it, simply have one member of your party approach a Cast Member at the attraction entrance and ask for a Disability Access Service return time. You'll be able to enjoy the attraction at any point after the time they give you, and to do so, you'll simply have your son scan his MagicBand or card first at the FastPass+ queue. The Cast Member will be able to see that he's utilizing the Disability Access Service and will need to click a button to approve his admission, but nothing will need to be said about it. Once he's been approved, then the rest of your party will be able to follow.

    I'd also suggest packing some things that will help him feel safe if he begins to get overstimulated. I usually bring a sensory brush, some sensory toys, headphones, and snacks with me into the theme parks just in case my little guy has a tough time. I'm happy to let you know, though, that he absolutely loves our Disney vacations, and our family has found "The Most Magical Place on Earth" to be a magical place for everyone.

    Thanks so much for bringing us this really important question, Antoinette, and please come see us again if we can help with anything else as you're planning your trip. I hope that you and your entire family have a truly magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Virginia

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom originally from Indiana, but recently transplanted to Virginia.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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