Child in wheelchair watching parade
  • On Oct 22, 2017
    Cindy from SC Asked

    I'd like to know what other parents with a special needs child do when that child cannot handle going to the parks? I contacted Disney and there is no partial ticket option so parents can swap out half day.

    Hi Cindy,

    Indeed, there is no partial admission ticket option being offered at this time. However, there are several other strategies you may implement to insure a magical vacation for everyone in the family.

    My first recommendation is to stop by Guest Relations to obtain a Disability Access Card. They are for Guests with a wide variety of special needs, including "invisible conditions." Here is the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card Fact Sheet. Please note this service may be used in conjunction with FastPass+ and the Rider Switch service too.

    If your special needs child needs a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, consider the following. In Magic Kingdom take a ride to Tom Sawyer Island. In Disney's Animal Kingdom ride the Wild Express Train to Rafiki's Planet Watch. At Disney's Hollywood Studios stop by the tables and chairs area near Echo Lake. Epcot has several open spaces and water fountains that can help anyone refocus.

    I suggest arriving at the theme parks when they open, then take a mid-day break at your Disney Resort hotel before going back to the theme parks for dinner and evening fireworks. If your child can't tolerate loud noises, bring ear plugs or even noise canceling headphones. Try to maintain the family's regularly scheduled meal times. At dining locations, be sure to alert Cast Members of your child's special needs. Explain that you would appreciate being seated in a quieter area of the restaurant, if at all possible. This will go a long way in ensuring an enjoyable vacation for the entire family.

    Ritzy ºOº
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