What are some tips for taking special needs kids on a Disney vacation?

Check in time , standing in lines, cost of everything...just would appreciate personal experience wisdom. Boys ages 3-10

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momofsix1966

Asked by momofsix1966 at 10:26 PM on Dec. 29, 2008 in Travel

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  • I close to Orlando.... there will definitely be waiting. Waiting in traffic, lines, for characters, food, bathroom.... Just try to get to the park as early as possible, and be organized. Good luck the trip
    charisma10

    Answer by charisma10 at 10:53 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • We always stay on disney property a little more expensive but well worth it..You can ride the monerail to parks and back to hotel easy to go back for naps and you can get in the parks earlier and stay later...good luck have a great trip
    3boyz1princess

    Answer by 3boyz1princess at 10:57 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • When we went we took two days there because it takes about that long to see everything. lol And bring lots of water or your own drinks. My kiddos got really thirsty and the drinks in the park are so expensive! Of course we went in late July when it was really hot - may not be that bad this time of year. Have a great time!!
    scarlett0720

    Answer by scarlett0720 at 11:23 PM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • well momma... they are very special needs friendly... not that your kids have wheelchairs, that i do not know... BUT!!! i will give you a little tip... rent one, they have back entrances to most of the rides for handicap visitors, and just say that you are the only person in line, they will let you on with your child first, so not a long wait, if any at all.. they usually say that if the person is wheelchair bound and can sit alone, they will have the other person wait in line, but sometimes that line is real LONG!! even with the flex pass. the prices are kinda high, but also, because you have special needs kids in your group, you will be allowed to bring your own water, dont bring alot but enough. I could go on.. msg me if you want more.. they are gonna cut me off
    sweetscrappin

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 2:42 AM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • we always stay on property, take the Ferry to the park, its nicer and less crowded, especially on the top deck, you can also see the manatee's. I would stay away from space mountain, if you have children that might have a seizure... just never know, also, the rides will list warnings if you think there might be a problem, with darkness and flashing lights... after splash mountain, my mom and i would always get a popsicle... 3 bucks a piece. when you plan your trip, before you go, you can contact a travel agent, some actually plan trips for children who are sick, or have certain needs that need to be met.
    sweetscrappin

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 2:46 AM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • disney is a very friendly place. the employee's are very helpful,i think you can ask for a tour guide to help you with your journey thru the happiest place on earth... good luck, and have a great time... you will love it
    sweetscrappin

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 2:47 AM on Dec. 30, 2008

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  • I do have a son with sensory issues and just the fact of waiting fo so long for a ride drives him crazy....We go to Sea world instead...For us Disney is too Overwhelming. We tried a few times, different season and is always packed!
    Good Luck!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:21 PM on Jan. 1, 2009

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  • Don't try and put too much in one day. Take time to slow down and enjoy it WITH the boys, have some R&R time and remember even if you don't get to see everything, you and daddy will still be rock stars in your boys eyes for taking them there. oh yeah, remember the boys pick up on your mood, so stay organized, relaxed and flexible! love you woman! HAVE FUN!!!!
    donnadoo27

    Answer by donnadoo27 at 11:26 PM on Jan. 1, 2009

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  • Are you staying on Property? If so or even if you are not I would call Disney and personally ask them. If you are staying on Property be sure to get a handicap room so it will be closer to buses and eating places on the property. If at least one in your party is in a wheelchair , my MIL and SIL were wheelchair bound, then the enter party boards a bus and any rides first.
    krazeerosie

    Answer by krazeerosie at 11:09 PM on Jan. 7, 2009

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  • Thanks for all the WONDERFUL answers!!! We are staying on property and I am learning more each day about the trip. Thanks! Leaving one week from today!!!
    momofsix1966

    Answer by momofsix1966 at 9:27 AM on Jan. 8, 2009

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