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  • Going to Disney at the end of August, and want to go to one of the water parks I have a High functioning autistic daughter, who doesn't like crouds. Other than getting there as soon as it opens , what day of the week would be better to go?
  • - Asked by joan from New Jersey on 5/14/2011
  • Hi Joann! I'll be happy to assist you with this question. The Walt Disney World Resort is a magical place for many people, including children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. It is difficult to predict high attendance solely based on the day of the week. There are many factors that contribute to higher attendance at any particular theme park on any particular day. However, once you arrive on property, you may obtain a Guest Assistance Card (GAC) from Guest Relations at any Disney theme park. A GAC is for guests with a wide variety of special needs, including "invisible conditions." Each GAC will accommodate the bearer, and up to five other members of the travel party, by allowing access to alternate attraction entrances where available. You may have to wait to enter an attraction, but you won't be waiting with the crowd. Once you arrive at Guest Relations, please explain that you are traveling with a special needs child. Be ready to describe your daughter's specific challenges. The Guest Relations Cast Member will add a stamp to the GAC alerting attraction Cast Members as to the type of special assistance and accommodations she may require. Please be advised that in order to use the GAC, your daughter must be present when entering each attraction. You won't be asked to provide proof of diagnosis, so you won't need a doctor's letter in order to request a GAC. However, it is always wise to bring medical documentation to have handy in case of any unforseen emergencies. I will also suggest trying to maintain her regularly scheduled meal times and bedtime. This will go a long way in ensuring an enjoyable vacation for the entire family. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. I'll be glad to answer any questions you have regarding this matter. This is the year of making memories at Walt Disney World. May your family enjoy making many lasting memories together!
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