Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Oct 28, 2014
    Stacy from NC Asked

    My youngest 3 year old son is Autistic. Can you please explain how the DAS card works during Extra Magic Morning and Evening hours? I'm assuming we won't be able to use FastPass+ during EMH's, but he can only tolerate waiting in lines for about 15mins max.

    Hi Stacy ~

    Disney FastPass+ service
    (FP+) is not available during Extra Magic Hours (EMHs). The theory is that because only Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel have access to EMHs, it lowers the crowd levels in the park offering EMHs so FP+ isn't needed.

    Guests utilizing a Disability Access Service Card (DAS) are usually allowed access through the FP+ queues (or alternate entrances if necessary) once they reach their DAS return time. Typically, Guests are not given a DAS return time during EMHs. However, I have found this to vary based on crowd levels in the park.

    You can try talking with a Cast Member at the attractions to ask for assistance. Just know in advance that sometimes they may accommodate you and sometimes they may not be able to at that time. If your son will have a melt-down if he sees you walking up to his favorite attraction and you aren't able to go on, don't let him see you talking to the Cast Member. I can't take my son anywhere near Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin until we have reached his DAS return time.

    Scout out attractions that have a lower wait time during EMHs. Also take something to keep your son entertained. Does he have a favorite toy or book that you could take? When my son was younger, he loved this toy where he pushed buttons to make things light up. He would play with it for hours. Now we always take his iPod Touch along with his ear phones. The ear phones also double as a way to keep the noise level down in the parks.

    Take a deep breath and ask Cast Members for help but understand they are not always in a position to accommodate you. I know it is hard and I want to spend every waking minute in a theme park. However, we have found out that doesn't always work for us. We have learned to explore our resorts and places outside the parks and we have discovered that can be just as magical.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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