Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jun 18, 2010
    Patricia Asked

    Hi! I have a 11 years old girl,who has autism. We are planning to go to disney this summer. I want to know if there is a way to get a special pass,so she doesn't have to wait in line for hours because it is very difficult for her.

    Hi Patricia,

    There are many families with children on the Autism Spectrum who have had excellent experiences with Disney vacations.  I'm one of them.  You may want to visit the independent website allears.net, which has several stories submitted by parents who have successfully traveled "The World" with their special kids.  Search "autism" from the site's home page.  Many families offer suggestions and tips that they found helpful.

    Once you arrive, I would suggest that your first stop is the Guest Relations Office at whichever park you start out in.  (At the Magic Kingdom, Guest Relations is located inside City Hall, which is on the left as you enter the park.)  There, explain your daughter's needs and your concerns to the Cast Member (CM) who assists you, and s/he will issue a "Guest Assistance Card" (GAC), which will enable your family to enter attractions through an alternate entrance. In most cases, this will greatly reduce waiting times.

    The card will only need to be issued once, and will be good in every park for the entire length of your stay.  Some families chose to bring along a doctor's note if their needs are not readily apparent.  Most special needs families that I have spoken with are very satisfied with the accommodations available at Disney.  You should find that the GAC is a discrete way to help your daughter have a vacation that is as magical as she is!

    Have a wonderful 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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