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  • On Dec 14, 2017
    Randy from FL Asked

    We will be doing the parks for the first time with a 5 year old anxious autistic boy. We are concerned about his ability to stand in lines. I already did the fast passes that are available in advance but are there any other options in this situation?

    Hi Randy,

    My youngest LOVES Disney, but he can sometimes get overwhelmed at the theme parks. Not to fear! The Walt Disney World Resort offers many Services for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities that will help.

    My initial recommendation is to arrive at your first Disney Theme Park when it opens for the day; then stop by Guest Relations to obtain a Disability Access Service Card (DAS) for your child. The DAS is issued to Guests with a wide variety of special needs, including Autism. For an in-depth explanation about how it might help, please read the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card Fact Sheet. Also, keep in mind you can use the DAS in conjunction with FastPass+ too.

    If he needs some down time, consider taking a break in a quieter area. For a complete list of locations please download the Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities. If your son can't tolerate loud noises such as fireworks, then ear plugs or noise canceling headphones will prove quite helpful.

    If at all possible, do try to maintain your family's regularly scheduled meal times. At dining locations, be sure to alert Cast Members of your son's challenges. Explain that you would appreciate being seated in a quieter area of the restaurant. This will help ensure a magical vacation for the entire family.

    Wishing your family a most memorable first visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Ritzy ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Ritzy, Rhode Island

People describe my love for Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Cruise Line as intoxicating and contagious! My family fell in love with the Disney Magic aboard our first Disney cruise with Captain Mickey in 2006. I personally love to spread pixie dust, as I truly enjoy sharing my Disney experience with everyone! Learn More About Ritzy

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