Mom And Son Safari
  • On Oct 27, 2010
    Elaine Asked

    I am a single mother of 2 special needs children under the age of 10, one with downs syndrome (who likes to wander off) and one with autism (who doesn't like crowds). What would be the best package for us? (hotel and parks and dining)

    Hi Elaine,

    Many guests with children with special needs report that Walt Disney World is an incredibly "user-friendly" destination.  I'm one of them!  It's not clear what your budget is, but if possible, I would recommend staying at a resort on the monorail line.  Based on your children's ages, I'm guessing you will be spending quite a bit of time exploring the Magic Kingdom, and getting there from any resort on the monorail is very convenient.  I would also strongly recommend that you bring along a double stroller for your kids, even if it's been years since they sat in one at home.  Most double joggers can accommodate older kids, and are a snap to push. If you prefer to rent one, the strollers at the parks are very easy to push, and can also accommodate older children.    Keeping your kids in a stroller will enable you to maneuver around the parks more easily as well as to keep tabs on your kids.  Plus, strollers are a great place to store your park gear. Finally, I would recommend picking up a Guest Assistance Card for your family.  I'm guessing your child with Autism has a tough time waiting on lines, and this card will enable all of you to access attractions via an alternate entrance with a much shorter wait time.  You can pick up a card at any Guest Relations location.  (At the Magic Kingdom, you'll find Guest Relations at City Hall on Main Street.)

    As for which package to select, I would allow your budge to determine what works for your family.  I'm a big fan of the Dining Plans, because they are convenient and can save money.  Depending upon when you are travelling, Disney occasionally offers free dining promotions that are a great deal. I would also recommend travelling at off-peak seasons, when crowds are light, and Disney often offers fabulous deals.

    I hope your children and you have a trip as magical as your special family!
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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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