Mom With Kids After Run
  • On May 18, 2011
    Fonda from GA Asked

    We have a child with special needs. Any recommendations to make things a little easier once we arrive to the parks?

    Hi Fonda! I'll be happy to assist you with this question. The Walt Disney World Resort is a magical place for many people, including children with special needs and their families. 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. Once you arrive at Guest Relations, please explain that you are traveling with a special needs child. Be ready to describe your child'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 s/he may require. Please be advised that in order to use the GAC, your child 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 your child's regularly scheduled meal times and bedtime routine. 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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