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  • On Jan 17, 2017
    Kim from TX Asked

    Hi Beth,My sister and I are taking her 2 special needs sons on the Disney Dream Feb 6! Any advice on traveling with special needs boys? They are 25 year old twins. Jacob has Autism and Gage has Aspergers and Cerebral Palsy. Scooter rented!

    Hi Kim! I'm honored to answer your question regarding your upcoming cruise aboard the Disney Dream with your sister and nephews! I can't thank you enough for bringing this question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Here are some helpful hints that we've discovered while sailing with my son.

    If you haven't already, reach out to the Special Services Team and talk with them about any accommodations that Jacob and Gage might need onboard. They may offer an accommodation you didn't think was possible! Have you read the Information for Guests with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? It's loaded with ideas for a smooth-sailing cruise! If your nephews enjoy meeting Captain Mickey but find it challenging waiting in line, you can hold your family's place and they can reunite with you once it's your turn. My son loved the "Family Movie Fun Time" in the Buena Vista Theater! It's a great way to watch a movie and be comfortable knowing the kiddos can laugh, clap or yell without disturbing other viewers. You will be sailing to one of my favorite places on Earth, Castaway Cay. There, they have sand wheelchairs available at a first-come, first-served basis across from Scuttles Cove. We didn't use one for my son during our last cruise and wish we had!

    My fellow Moms Panelist, Jacqueline P., mentioned that the Youth Counselors have accommodated her son by including him in activities within Vibe! Even though there is an age restriction and her son is older, the Counselors try their hardest to include him in activities within the club. I suggest attending the Vibe open house as a family and chat with the Youth Counselors to see if this might be a possibility for Jacob and Gage!

    I'm so excited for your family! Beth
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Meet the Panelist: Beth, Illinois

Let's talk about the WONDER and MAGIC of your FANTASY DREAM vacation aboard the Disney Cruise Line! I'm a proud stay-at-home mom to my little buccaneer with special needs and, along with my husband, a lover of everything Disney! We've had so many unforgettable memories and adventures while sailing on Disney Cruise Line. I can't wait to help you navigate through any questions you may have while planning your family's adventures at sea! Learn More About Beth

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