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  • On Jan 19, 2016
    Mindi from MA Asked

    Hi! We were given a surprise trip to Orlando. I have a 5 year old with Autism and an 8 year old with Sensory issues. How should I approach this trip? The flight alone is giving me stress, let alone going to a busy park. Must do's? How to begin??? Thank

    Hello Mindi!

    Thanks so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Visiting Walt Disney World is such a magical experience, but it can also be a bit loud and overstimulating as well.

    My youngest is 7 and autistic with sensory issues as well. He has a hard time with the noise and hustle and bustle of the crowds. He wears noise canceling headphones (Peltor brand is the one we use) throughout the parks when it gets too loud.

    I also plan our days with breaks in between louder rides with quieter ones. At Epcot we love 
The Seas with Nemo & Friends. It is a quiet ride and an aquarium at the end that calms my son. In Magic Kingdom we always ride Peter Pan’s Flight a few times. Another calming, quiet and dark ride to take a break.

    Be sure when you arrive at the parks for the first day of your trip to go straight to Guest Relations to inquire about the Disability Access Card Service. The cast members are trained to give great information and can provide information and ideas on what accommodations you may need. Different attractions have different queues so while one may be fine for you to wait in, another might not work out as well.

    The Disability Access Card will allow you to get a return time for an attraction so you can take your time and visit attractions with shorter wait times instead of standing in the regular queue. You then go to the FASTPASS entrance when it’s your return time. You don’t have to use it for all rides, just those that might be difficult with standing for long periods of time.  

    I hope this helps and please let me know if you need anything else as you plan your visit!

    See you real soon!
    -Emily
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Meet the Panelist: Emily, Colorado

I’m a wife and mom to three boys, ages 15, 10 and 6. My youngest is autistic so I love helping other special needs families plan Disney vacations and show them that they, too, can have a magical time together. In addition to being a total Disney fanatic, I am also a blogger who enjoys fashion, shopping and knitting. Learn More About Emily

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