Mom And Daughter Glass Slipper
  • On Mar 2, 2014
    Mary from NM Asked

    I have 4 kids - 9, 8, 7, and 5. Three have special needs...Autism, Anxiety, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, low muscle tone, etc. We have scheduled a trip to Disneyland in April. Going to a ride, to say we'll return later? Ha ha...panicking here.

    Hi there Mary,

    Being a mama of a special needs son on the Autism Spectrum, I understand where you are coming from. I'm very excited for your upcoming trip to The Happiest Place on Earth with your family.

    The Disney Parks website has a very helpful section called Cognitive Disabilities.

    The Disability Access Service (DAS) Card is designed to accommodate Guests who aren't able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to disability (including non-apparent disabilities). You will visit the main entrance Guest Relations to discuss your child's special needs and concerns with the Cast Member to see if the DAS Card would benefit your child's needs. The child's photo will be taken for the issued card.

    With the Disability Access Service Card, you will go to an attraction you wish to ride, see a Cast Member at the entrance to get a return time to enter the FastPass (FP) or alternate entrance if directed. The Cast Member will fill the information in on your DAS card with your return time. The DAS card is not the same as a FP in that there is not a window return time so there isn't pressure to make it back in a certain period. You can only access one DAS card return time for one attraction at a time. While waiting for your DAS return time, you are welcome to grab a magical snack, enjoy a show, or watch a parade.

    Another note, the Guest(s) that the DAS card is assigned to, does not have to be present at the attraction queue when the CM assigns a return time. So if there is another adult that can sit with the younger Guests while you go get the next DAS card return time that may relieve some anxiety of seeing the attraction before the return time.

    I hope this helps. If you have any more questions, please visit me here and let me know how I can help you plan your pixie-dusted vacation.

    Wishing you magic!

    ~Lynette
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Meet the Panelist: Lynette, Utah

I'm a mama, a wife, an artist, a believer in Pixie Dust and I love fashion with a Disney twist. I live Disney every day, quite literally. My family and I live in the real "UP" house replica from the beloved Disney•Pixar film. We are always chasing our dreams by living our family motto, unashamedly borrowed from Walt himself, "Keep Moving Forward." Learn More About Lynette

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