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  • On Aug 1, 2021
    Susan from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I also have a 16 year old adopted son that is on the autistic spectrum. He is much calmer now than he was when he was younger but has a hard time in crowds or if he becomes overheated. Is there anything that can ease his visit on the rides also.

    Hi Susan,

    Welcome to planDisney! As the mama of an Autistic Mouseketeer myself, I'm happy to let you know that Disney offers many wonderful services for Guests with disabilities, and we've found our Disney vacations to be magical for everyone in our family!

    If you're concerned about your son's ability to wait in a traditional queue, I'd encourage you to stop by City Hall at Disneyland Park or Chamber of Commerce at Disney California Adventure Park with your entire party when you first arrive. You'll be able to share your concerns with a Cast Member there and they'll determine whether or not the Disability Access Service would be the best way to meet your son's needs. If it is, they'll get everything all set up for you, then you'll be able to use this helpful service one attraction at a time throughout your visit. While it doesn't provide you immediate access to the attractions, your group will be able to pass the time outside of the traditional queue. Please feel free to grab a snack, hunt for the perfect souvenir, or even enjoy another attraction while you wait! It really is a wonderful service for Guests who struggle with crowds due to their disabilities!

    Oh, want a few other suggestions from my personal experience? Please feel free to bring a cooling towel, sensory toys, headphones, snacks, drinks, or anything else that will help your son feel comfortable during his visit. Also, don't hesitate to ask a Cast Member for recommendations about nearby quiet places if a sensory break would be helpful. You'll find lots of other helpful tips in this handy dandy Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities, too!

    Thanks so much for stopping by planDisney with your important question, Susan, and please let us know if we can help with anything else. I'm sending pixie dust that you and your son have a truly magical Disneyland Resort adventure together!

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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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