Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 12, 2015
    Angela from TX Asked

    Can you please explain in detail how to use a DASC with FP+? I'm concerned that my autistic son will still be required to wait in a loud, crowded line which could lead to a meltdown. The previous version (GASC) seemed like a much better fit for us...

    As a mom to a son with special needs, I understand your concern. I am happy to share how my family uses the Disability Access Service (DAS) Card and FastPass+ system. Yes, the new system does take some planning. However, it can be just as enjoyable.   

    We create a must-do list so our son can help us plan.  Since the FastPass+ system reserves three experiences per day at one theme park in one-hour windows, I try to arrange experiences that are close in proximity in back to back hours. Between our scheduled FastPass+ I will use the DAS Card to secure other experiences on his list.

    Here's a Magic Kingdom example: I secure a DAS Card return time while my husband and son walk to the first attraction. Early mornings allow us to walk-on most attractions. We meet to ride Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan's Flight and Mickey's PhilharMagic before our first FastPass+ attraction, Under the Sea. Stop for pictures with Gaston then to Seven Drawfs Mine Train using his DAS Card. After stopping for a snack and securing another return time, it's time for second FastPass+ at Mine Train. After a few Character interactions on the walk to Tomorrowland, it's Space Ranger Spin using his DAS Card. An encounter with Stitch and laughs at Monsters Inc. then off to Tony's for lunch, but first secure another return time to meet Mickey Mouse. After lunch, meet Mickey and shop before using third FastPass+ for Festival of Fantasy Parade. We then secure a fourth FastPass+ at the kiosk and another DAS Card return time. 

    I hope this helps give you an idea of how this works for our family.  Keep in mind that this is our experience, and we still occur wait times due to crowd levels or waiting our turn to use attraction accessible vehicles. I make sure to have favorite toys, iPods or activity pages in my bag to help my son occupy his time in queues. Let me know if you have further questions. I'm here to help!

    Have a magical day!

    Missy
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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Texas

Hello, I’m Missy from Texas! I love all things Disney, especially the Walt Disney World Resort. Although we visit several times a year, there’s always something new to experience, making each vacation unique. As a mom to a son with special needs, I know the importance of cherishing every park visit and look forward to helping you plan magical moments for your family! Learn More About Missy

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