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  • On Sep 22, 2012
    Sid from WA Asked

    In the planning stages for a 75th Birthday trip to DW and/or a Disney Cruise for 11-13 people. One of the children has Down's Syndrome (he will be 4) and most likely not be potty trained. Gma and Gpa will watch him a bit, but are there other options? TY!

    Wow, Sid!  Sounds like an extraordinary celebration. Thank you for directing your question to me.  I hope I can help!  You do have some options for childcare at the Walt Disney World Resort.  You might consider calling Kids Night Out.  They are a Disney recommended child care service that will come to your resort room to babysit.  They don't have the same rules regarding potty trained children as Disney does.  My husband and I have used them in the past to care for our children, including our then five-year-old daughter with Down syndrome.  I would recommend them as a great option.

    If you decide to cruise, you may have a bit more difficulty.  The Youth Clubs on board Disney's ships are open to fully potty trained children ages 3-17.  They do make accommodations for children with special needs to allow them to partake in modified participation for limited time periods.  Those situations are decided on a case by case basis after speaking with the counselors on the ship.  In other words, there is no guarantee that your almost but-not-quite potty trained little guy will be permitted to visit the Youth Clubs outside of open house hours.  With that in mind, I would advise you only to book the cruise if you would feel comfortable doing so without the option of having the four-year-old participate in the Youth Clubs.  Still, I'm sure you're going to have an amazing time no matter which trip (or combos of trips) you choose.     
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If you're looking to plan a trip for a large party or if your group includes special needs travelers, you've come to the right mom! I'm a southeastern Arizona girl, eager to help you plan the most magical trip you'll ever take.  Learn More About Darcie

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