Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Apr 4, 2010
    Lesli from NH Asked

    Are there special acommodations for children with special needs (sensory/OCD)?

    Hi Leslie,

    Thanks for writing.  Many families who have children with special needs feel that Disney is a wonderful destination for their special kids.  I'm proud to say that I'm one of them.  For guests whose disabilities prevent them from waiting in long lines (for example, Autism), Disney offers a Guest Assistance Card that enables them to access attractions via an alternate entrance (which often has a much shorter wait).  Guest Assistance Cards can be obtained at Guest Relations at any of the the theme parks.  There are many tips and suggestions for kids with sensory disorders on the panel, including finding "less intense" spots to view the fireworks, travelling at off-peak times to enjoy smaller crowds, etc.  (Feel free to browse the "Disabilities" section on the panel for some great suggestions.)  In addition, the independent website, allears.net has many wonderful stories from special needs families with suggestions and tips for travelling "the World."  A good place to start is by searching "Autism," as many families discuss sensory concerns.

    Have a magical trip!

    Tanya
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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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