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  • On Jul 26, 2019
    Margaret from FL Asked

    Looking for H2O Park Cognitive Disability Info. My 7y/o autistic nephew is coming in Aug & loves H20! He's used to DAS & he's used to the disablity queue access utilized at other water parks. How do WDW Water Parks accommodate?

    Hi Margaret,

    I'm super excited to hear that you'll soon be visiting the Walt Disney World Resort! Your trip is less than two weeks away! Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah! As a mama to a Mouseketeer with autism myself, I understand what a blessing the Disability Access Service is, and I'd be happy to help you and your family navigate the water parks smoothly during your visit!

    Because the Disability Access Service utilizes the FastPass+ queues for return times, the service is only available for attractions and experiences that offer that queue. That means that during Extra Magic Hours, special events with a separate ticket like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, parades and fireworks, and also visits to the Disney water parks, Guests will not be able to use the Disability Access Service. Hakuna Matata...no worries, though, as I have some tips for you! First, I'd recommend arriving before the water park even opens. This will not only allow you to find some chairs in a shady spot, but you'll also find the shortest wait times of the entire day first thing in the morning. I'd suggest choosing your nephew's most-anticipated attractions and enjoying those first. Then once other Guests begin arriving, he can enjoy something like Cross Country Creek at Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park or North America's largest wave pool, Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. One of my son's favorite places to play was in a smaller pool near Crush 'n' Gusher. It was a bit quieter over there, and he loved watching the reactions of the Guests coming down the nearby slides. If your nephew is under 48" tall, Ketchakiddee Creek and Tike's Peak are always a splashing great time, and if he happens to be too tall for those, Bay Slides and Ski Patrol Training Camp are great options, too. My personal favorites are Teamboat Springs and Miss Adventure Falls because the whole family can enjoy them together!

    On each of our Disney trips, I pack some extra supplies that my son will find comforting - headphones, sensory toys, a sensory brush, favorite snacks, etc. Please feel free to bring anything like that along with you to the water parks in case your nephew is feeling overwhelmed. The great thing about the water parks is that there are lots of shady nooks and crannies where he can go if he needs a break, there's sand to dig in and play with (which is always calming!), and as a water-lover, he'll find LOTS of wonderful options where he can play or relax!

    Thanks so much for visiting us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Margaret, and please feel free to bring us any other questions you may have as you're putting together all of the final details of your trip. I hope that you and your nephew have a truly magical vacation!

    Missy
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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Indiana

Hi!  I'm Missy, a homeschool mom and part-time music teacher from Indiana.  With a husband and five kids, I understand what busy family life is all about and how important it is to get away and create magical moments with your loved ones.  I also believe planning is half the fun, so I'd be honored to help you plan your Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Missy

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