Mickey Mouse with Special Needs Guest
  • On Apr 15, 2024
    Nicole from OH Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My 4 year old son has complex special needs and does not eat by mouth, is g-tube fed. What options can I do for food packages and are there different options for lines do we have to get lightning passes or is there a different line for handicap families?

    Hi, there!

     Welcome to planDisney, Nicole. We're so pleased to see you! And we're thrilled to hear you're planning a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. Yay!

     The Walt Disney World Resort is committed to making sure that all Guests have an accessible, inclusive, and of course, magical stay. There are lots of services available that may meet the unique needs of your little guy. Let's chat!

     I think you're asking about the dining plans that are available to Guests of Disney Resort hotels. Adding a dining plan to your Walt Disney World Vacation Package is totally optional, but typically, if you purchase a dining plan, it must be purchased for everyone listed on the Disney Resort hotel reservation. There is an exception for Guests with a g-tube, however. If you'd like to purchase a dining plan for your travel party, you would not need to include your son in that headcount. When booking a Walt Disney World Vacation Package that includes a dining plan online, you won't be able to exclude your son, so I recommend calling the Disney Resort Hotel Reservation line. A friendly Cast Member there will be happy to assist you! They'll be able to book your Disney Resort hotel reservation and add a dining plan for everyone but your little guy.

     In terms of accessing attractions, I encourage you to check out the Accessibility Planning Guide & Recommendations. It has lots of valuable information on how to navigate the theme parks with a disability! There are a variety of programs available to minimize attraction wait times like the complimentary Disney Genie Service and the paid Disney Genie+ Service. If your son has a developmental disability like autism or similar, he may qualify for Disability Access Service. In checking out the Accessibility page on the Walt Disney World Resort website and the Accessibility Planning Guide & Recommendations, I'm confident you'll find some appropriate solutions for your kiddo's complex special needs. If you have any questions about those specifics, though, don't hesitate to email the Disability Services Team at disability.services@disneyparks.com. 

     I hope this was helpful, Nicole. Please let us know if you have any other questions about your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! We'd love to help you plan a magical stay.

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all-things-Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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