Mom And Son Safari
  • On Feb 15, 2015
    Jennifer from MA Asked

    We are traveling to DW soon, my sons are 5 & 7, my older son has autism. My concern Is with the new DAS card. I understand the process, but am concerned it won't meet my child's needs, he struggles waiting in line, are there any other services to help

    Hello, Jennifer!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The Walt Disney World Resort strives to make the resort accessible to everyone, even Guests with non-apparent disabilities. As a mom to a son with special needs, I understand how challenging it can to be touring the theme parks.

    You can request a Disability Access Service (DAS) card at any theme park Guest Relations Lobby. Discuss with the Cast Member your son's specific needs and what accommodations would be beneficial to him while touring the park. The Cast Member will be able to provide assistance and reasonable accommodations based on your individual situation. Keep in mind that this must be done in person, and you must bring your son with you.

    We have found that utilizing both FastPass+ and the DAS card allows us make the most of our time in each theme park. By pre-scheduling three FastPass+ experiences, we can make a plan before we arrive. We have also found that arriving at the theme parks early and taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours allows us to experience many attractions with little to no wait time.

    Take a look at this resource, Planning a Trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort: A Resource for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). You will find information about planning strategies, transportation, places to take a break and even charts describing details of each attraction. This resource is packed with lots of information and guidance.

    I hope I have helped to ease your concerns. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

    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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