Child in wheelchair watching parade
  • On Jul 17, 2018
    Amanda from TN Asked

    I have a son with autism and epilepsy. I am trying to set up our fast passes but need to know which rides to avoid at each of the 4 parks before I arrive. HELP!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Amanda! I'm SO EXCITED for your family's visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Not knowing the specifics of your son's aversions, fears, and triggers to sensory or visual stimuli, it's difficult to assess what FastPass+ rides and entertainment options might work best for your family. For example, if he doesn't like to get wet then it's best to stay away from Splash Mountain. Is he claustrophobic or afraid of the dark? Some inside waiting areas at the Haunted Mansion might provoke anxiety. Stay away from Astro Orbiter if he has a fear of heights. Do strobe lights trigger epileptic seizures? Then bypass Avatar Flight of Passage. Generally, I would suggest avoiding any attractions with health advisories. Do consult the signage posted at each ride— it will include all health and safety advisories.

    Disney Mom Tip: I recommend arriving at your first Disney theme park when it opens. Then stop by Guest Relations to get the Disability Access Service (DAS) for your child. These are issued to Guests with a wide variety of special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. For an in-depth explanation about how it might help, please read the Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card Fact Sheet. Also keep in mind you may use the DAS in conjunction with FastPass+.

    For other ideas about how to make your family's first visit more enjoyable, please read HERE.

    Ritzy ºOº
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