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  • On Mar 1, 2021
    Jacquelyn from FL Asked

    My 7 year old daughter has ADHD and we have difficulty with long waits. Previously, the fast passes were our solution. Is there any provisions for these children now that there are no fast passes? We can provide paperwork attesting to her condition. Ty!

    Hi there Jacquelyn, and welcome to planDisney! I'm so glad you stopped by to chat with us today.

    Jacquelyn, from one mom to another, I hear you; I feel like I could have written this exact question about my soon-to-be 7-year-old Mouseketeer. We have been visiting since he was just an infant, and have also relied on FastPass+ to minimize waits. The good news is, my family has enjoyed several visits since the parks reopened last July, and they have all been successful, even without strategies we've become accustomed to like FastPass+ and snacking while waiting in line. I'd be happy to share some tips from our experiences.

    First, keep in mind that the parks are operating at a limited capacity, and we have rarely encountered a prohibitively long line. I recommend arriving at least thirty minutes before published park opening to get a jump on things; use this time to prioritize your daughter's favorite attractions before the midday crowds descend. We like to take an afternoon break and return to the theme parks a few hours prior to closing, as the lines tend to be shorter at this time as well. Be sure to keep track of wait times on the My Disney Experience Mobile App to see which rides you might want to revisit in case of a long line. I know my son would struggle if we walked up to a ride, saw the wait time, and then changed course.

    The physical distancing markers have also been great for my son. Because Guests are more spaced out, the near-constant movement helps him in line. He also loves to follow the "Stand Here" signs on the ground; it's like a game and keeps him quite entertained.

    If you anticipate waiting in line will be difficult, consider visiting Guest Relations to obtain a Disability Access Service Card. It works similarly to a FastPass, but you will have to visit each attraction to receive a return time that will be approximately the current time plus the posted wait time. This will allow your family to wait in a more comfortable location. 

    I hope this is helpful to you, Jacqueline. I was really worried about how our first trip to the parks would go without FastPass+, but we found that with a little flexibility we were able to enjoy them. Our son was just so happy to be back at Walt Disney World, even if we skipped a few rides due to long waits, he was okay with it. Try to visit her must-do attractions at park opening, and look into the Disability Access Service to help things go smoothly. I wish you the best, and if there is anything else we can do to make your trip more magical, come back and see us again. We're all ears!

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Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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