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  • Hi Jonas- Partner and I DVC members. Taking 2 sons-1 autistic. New to the DAS card, usually have GAC card. New to the FP+ system. Read reviews that return lines longer than the stand by lines . Any advice for navigating the parks to avoid meltdowns.
  • - Asked by Stephen from Ohio on 2/25/2014
  • Hi Stephen:

    My husband and I are also DVC members. We always look forward to our time at Disney World. To best answer your question, I turned to awesome mom and friend, Allison V, to get more first hand experience with the DAS card.  Allison pointed me to a recent similar answer she gave on the subject. While the new system may make waiting times a bit longer than the old GAC card, you should be able to maneuver through with some planning. 

    Guests with the DAS card do not need to be present to get a return time for attractions, however, they must be present when returning to board the attraction.  If your son won't understand walking up to an attraction only to get a return time and have to walk away, you can send someone else in your party. Since there isn't a strict return timeframe with the DAS card (unlike FP+), if you see that the line is too long when you return to ride, head to another attraction or return later.  You can also use the DAS card in addition to FastPass+, which may help speed things along.

    Take breaks and find quiet places in the Parks to relax.  Bring something to keep your son occupied, such as a favorite small electronic device or head phones if your son has noise sensitivity.  As you probably know, somewhere along the line, a meltdown is bound to happen to just about anyone.  Just find an out of the way spot to have some privacy.  People may look, but all parents understand a child meltdown.  Also take a look at the Disney website for Guests with Autism and Cognitive Disabilities for more information.

    Enjoy your vacation.
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