Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Apr 20, 2010
    Kelly from PA Asked

    Hi! Coming to WDW 9/2010; 2 high-functioning autistic kids, ages 7&9; some fear of the dark; strong startle and sound sensitivity with my son; got him the kid's guidebook (loves reading it) Advice on what to avoid/ not miss? Tips for preparing them? T

    Hi Kelly!

    Thanks for writing.  Many families with kids on the spectrum find that Disney is a very user-friendly destination for their families.  I'm one of them!  I think it's great that you got your son a guidebook.  My boys love flipping through the pages of their guidebooks before every trip as they plot out the "perfect" itinerary!   My son also loves looking at the park maps as we enter each theme park.  No matter how many times we visit a park, he insists on having his own map to review!  Feel free to pick some up as you enter each park.  Another great resource is the independent website, allears.net.  If you click on "attraction info," you can get a thorough description of all of the main attractions, which can help you determine which your kids would likely love, and those that you might want to skip.  For example, if your kids are sensitive to the dark, I would avoid Space Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom.  If your kids like fireworks, but prefer to view them in a less intense (less loud) environment, I'd recommend viewing Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian Resort.  The show is just as spectacular, without the intense "booming" that makes some kids uneasy. 

    Finally, if your kids' disabilities make it difficult for them to wait on long lines be sure to stop by Guest Relations at whichever park you visit first for a Guest Assistance Card.  This card will enable your family to use an alternate entrance (that is generally less crowded and easier to tolerate for kids on the spectrum) on attractions.

    Have a magical visit!

    Tanya
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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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