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

    I have a 10 year old with Autism. I am afraid he will not tolerate the waiting in line and was wondering how the fast pass works. If it's free for anyone then is it even worth it?

    Hello Erica!

    Thanks so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Visiting Walt Disney World is such a magical experience, but it can also be a bit overstimulating. 

    My youngest is 7 and autistic with sensory issues. He has a hard time with the noise and  hustle and bustle of the crowds. We got him noise canceling headphones (Peltor brand is the one we use) for him to wear throughout the parks when it gets too loud.

    I also like to plan our days with breaks in between louder rides with quieter ones. At Epcot we love The Seas with Nemo & Friends. It is a nice, quiet ride and an aquarium at the end that calms my son. In Magic Kingdom we always ride Peter Pan’s Flight a few times. Another calming, quiet and dark ride to take a break.

    Be sure when you arrive at the parks for the first day of your trip to go to Guest Relations and ask about the Disability Access Service. Cast Members are trained to give great information and can provide ideas on what accommodations you may need. Different attractions have different queues so while one may be fine for you to wait in, another might not work out as well.

    The Disability Access Service will allow you to get a return time for an attraction so you can take your time and visit rides with shorter wait times instead of standing in the regular queue. You then go to the FASTPASS entrance when it’s your return time. You don’t have to use it for all attractions, just those that might be difficult with standing for long periods of time.  

    I hope this helps and please let me know if you need anything else!

    See you real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Emily, Colorado

I’m a wife and mom to three boys, ages 15, 10 and 6. My youngest is autistic so I love helping other special needs families plan Disney vacations and show them that they, too, can have a magical time together. In addition to being a total Disney fanatic, I am also a blogger who enjoys fashion, shopping and knitting. Learn More About Emily

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