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  • On Aug 10, 2008
    Helen from NJ Asked

    Whispering Canyon sounds fun but it also seems like will be a bit over stimulating for our DS daughter who also has CP. Darcie, how does your daughter do here? Are the antics just enough or are they too much? Also have daughter with Epilepsy. Thanks.

    I'd be happy to offer my experiences, but I'd be remiss not to tell you a bit about Cassidy (my daughter with Down syndrome) first.  This child doesn't have a shy bone in her body.  Nor does she know any fear, not a lick.  She is a very spirited little girl who has grown up in a busy household where lots of noise, and antics like those that go on at Whispering Canyon, are nothing new to her.

    One word that describes Whispering Canyon Cafe: loud.  Between the stick horse races, and the servers who "gallop" serving trays across the expansive wooden floor, there is a whole lot of booming that echoes throughout the restaurant.  A meal there is almost sure to be interrupted by hollers (and I really mean HOLLERS) for ketchup.  In the past we've also had our straws "sneezed" to us by our server as she tossed them to the table with a very loud "kachoo."

    As you might have guessed, this is not the place to go if either of your daughters are uncomfortable with noise.  Besides the noise though, there isn't much I can think of that might upset them.  There is no physical contact of any kind and, in my experience, the servers will not pressure anyone in your party to do anything that they clearly aren't comfortable with. 

    The crazy things that take place in the dining room have always served as a "sideshow" for my Cassidy and she thoroughly enjoys laughing right along with us as we participate in the fun.  Of course, you know your children best and are most capable of deciding what kinds of things they'll tolerate.  Like I said though, aside from the noise (and there is a lot of it) I wouldn't be concerned.  You probably run a higher risk of sensory overload just walking around the parks and experiencing some of the attractions.   :)

    Hope that helps!
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