Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Oct 9, 2014
    Lori from NL Asked

    Does the new DAS card work at character meet & greets? My daughter has autism & is unable to handle large crowds & loud noise. We were disappointed in the old system because we couldn't use the card at character spots

    Hi Lori ~

    While everyone's experience may vary, we have been able to get a Disability Service Access Card (DAS) return time for character meet and greet locations that are in a permanent venue like meeting Mickey in the Town Square Theater that offer Disney FastPass+ service (FP+). Cast Members at these locations have an estimated wait time and are able to issue DAS Return Times. Once you reach your DAS return time, go back to the FP+ entrance to enter.

    If you feel that your daughter will need assistance for character meet and greet locations that do not offer FP+, it won't hurt to ask a Cast Member. Some are willing to help and others are not.

    For character meet and greet locations that are out in the open, Cast Members usually let one of us walk around in the area with our son while the others in our party wait in line.

    It may help to bring things to entertain your daughter while waiting in line (favorite toys, electronics, etc.). Head phones or ear phones help reduce noise levels in the parks. I also try to keep my son engaged by talking to him or playing little games while we wait in line. It doesn't always work and sometimes we just have to take a deep breath and regroup.

    Here is some information regarding the DAS and children with autism that may assist you before and during your trip.

    Please feel free to visit us again with all of your planning questions. We are hEAR for you!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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