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  • On Sep 5, 2015
    Maria from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a 14 yr old son who is in the autism spectrum. He is high functioning but needs supervision. We are going on a Disney Cruise vacation and would like to know if there are any supervised areas or services for teenagers with disabilities on board.

    Welcome Aboard, Maria!

    I'm so happy to hear you'll soon be sailing with Disney Cruise Line! Let me assure you that Disney does their very best to ensure that every single guest has an amazing experience on their Disney Cruise. They provide a safe, fun, comfortable environment for kids - especially for kids with special needs.

    Each situation is handled uniquely, depending on the child and his/her specific needs. The Youth Counselors will do their best to make sure children are included in activities planned for their age group. I encourage you to speak with the Youth Activities Director on your first afternoon onboard. He/she can provide reassurance that your son will be able to participate in and enjoy activities offered in the clubs each day. Most of all, they want your child to feel engaged and welcome when they enter the club! If the counselors need to reach you while he is in their care, you're just a phone call away with your Wave Phone. Wave Phones are issued to each guest at no extra charge, and can be found in your stateroom.

    Disney Cruise Line has a special team in place to answer questions and provide peace of mind for those traveling with guests with special needs. I encourage you to get in touch with the DCL Special Services Team to discuss your son's particular needs. They can be reached Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM ET at (407)566-3602 or by email at

    I hope this helps with your planning! You're in for such a magical time on your upcoming cruise. Get ready to make memories to last a lifetime! - Diane W.
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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