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  • On Jun 12, 2009
    Paula from PA Asked

    I have an autistic 3 year old. What areas of the park do you recommend the most that he won't be overwhelmed with. Any suggestions is appreciated. THanks

    Hi Paula!

    Thanks for writing!  I would recommend starting at the Magic Kingdom with your little pirate-in-training.  Here are a few thoughts on helping to facilitate a smooth and magical trip.  First, stop at Guest Relations, which is located at City Hall at the Magic Kingdom.  (It will be on your left as you enter the main gates.)  Explain that your son has autism to the Cast Member who helps you, and you'll receive a Guest Assistance Card (GAC) which will enable your family to access attractions via an alternate entrance (with a much shorter wait time).  I strongly recommend keeping your son in a stroller. At Guest Relations, mention you have one, and you'll also get a special sticker that will enable you to use your stroller as a wheelchair, and use accessible entrances.  This comes in super handy with special needs kids.

    As for attractions that he will like, obviously every child with autism is different, but some great, low key rides include:
    • It's a Small World
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
    • Peter Pan
    • Dumbo
    • Aladdin's Flying Carpets
    • The Carousel
    • Tomorrowland Transit Authority
    • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

    If you'd like to see Wishes (the fireworks spectacular) but are concerned by the noise level, I'd recommend checking it out from one of the resort beaches on the monorail line, including the Polynesian, Grand Floridian or Contemporary.

    Finally, the independent website has some wonderful tips and stories from families who have traveled to Disney with kids with Autism.  You may want to check it out for some additional suggestions.

    I hope your little guy has a trip that's as magical as he is!


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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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