Father and Child on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • On Nov 17, 2017
    Bandon from OH Asked

    Are children with severe ADHD considered specials needs or categorized as a disability at Disney? We room our son last week and it was extremely hard with him in the long lines and it really made it less enjoyable for him and us both. Planning another trip

    Hi Brandon ~

    As a Mom to a son with special needs, I completely understand your challenges. When you arrive at the first theme park during your visit, stop by Guests Relations and talk to them about Disability Access Service (DAS). Cast Members will ask you some questions to best accommodate your son's specific needs. You won't be required to provide any type of supporting documentation. Here's a link with details explaining how DAS works.

    Here are some other suggestions:
    * Read A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) available online. That will give you some great information to help you before and during your trip.
    * Make advanced dining reservations and FastPass+ selections as soon as possible to cut down on wait times.
    * Bring any comfort items including electronics.
    * Headphones or ear plugs help keep the noise level down.
    * If your son becomes anxious, remember to relax, and remove him from the situation until he calms down. There are quiet places in the parks to give him a break. A suggested list is provided on the link above or ask the nearest Cast Member.
    * If you see he has had enough, pack it up, and head back to your resort. You may not get to do everything on this trip but you can make the most of everything you do.

    I'm limited in space but please feel free to visit again. Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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