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Posted by on Jan. 31, 2016 at 10:45 PM
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My mom insits on taking the kids to Disney world this summer. Maybe i have no reason to fear but i do fear huge sensory meltdowns that cpuld impede how we experience the park. I dont want to take advantage other those with real handicaps. But i wonder if they have passes or escorts for those with autism. Its honestly a terrible thing to excpect with so much else going on at the park, but i just w8ndered what you moms think, and if yoj have any experiences.
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dawncs
by Dawn on Jan. 31, 2016 at 10:48 PM

Yes, they do have a program or pass in place for the disabled as most amusement parks do these days. It is free to use the program or pass.

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MixedCooke
by Group Admin on Feb. 1, 2016 at 4:16 AM

well I didnt know at the time, but they do have handicap passes at guest relations.  As for the park itself, the only thing mine had an issue with was waiting in those long lines. so what we did is we waited in the line while she did something else with another couple we brought with us and then we brought her back when we were closer to the front.  We got some stares but Im not concerned with other people's issues.  Maybe keep them distracted with apps on your phone.  Best to try and go during the times they are the least busy.  For ex: When we went in May, we could get out of the ride and then run right back in but when we went in March it was an hour wait for each ride, sometimes 2 hours!

SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM
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At guest relations in all parks you can get a guest w/ disabilities card. You can get 1 card that will cover 8(?) people in your party. What this card does is enables you to just wait elsewhere. If the line for space Mtn is 40 minutes, you hand the Disney person at the end of the line your card, he writes down a time on your card for 30 minutes in the future & you just come back... You have to wait- but its not standing with people in front, people behind, standing still, waiting. Its a "place holder".... You can walk around for those 30 minutes, find a simpler ride with 20 min wait (you can only have 1 placeholder at a time)
The return time isn't exact; its a window. So if you arrive at Space Mtn at 12, for a 40 min line you cant return to SpMtn at 12:30-1:15... :)

People with make a wish or ? Their pass is MUCH different (as it should be!) so don't feel badly using the accommodations your family needs to be successful.
SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Feb. 1, 2016 at 8:39 AM
I should also add you dont just walk on the ride after your return time. You typically get on the "fast line" (the one for people who have fast passes) so you're still waiting another 10 minutes on a line.
gdiamante
by Bronze Member on Feb. 1, 2016 at 9:14 AM

There are lots of accomodations available. But know your child's limits and make sure SHE knows them. We were just talking about Disneylad (Anaheim) last night. We used to go quite often when my husband was an Imagineer. For us, the lines weren't so much a problem as many of the rides themselves. My son doesn't like anything with dips or drops, so no "Pirates," "Indiana Jones" or roller-coaster type rides. He was scared by things like "Snow White" and "Alice in Wonderland." About the only rides he really liked were the boat-types: "Small World," "Jungle Cruise" and "Storybook Cruise." And "Autopia" was fine for him. He didn't even care for "Star Tours," though he liked the shop!

Before your mom spends big bucks on Disney World, she should try a smaller amusement park if there is one in your area. She can get an idea of what will and won't work for him, to avoid disappointment with a big trip. 


Rhodin
by Member on Feb. 1, 2016 at 10:10 AM

My biggest fear would be DD5 wandering off.  Her ability to stay with a group falls off sharply when she's tired or overwhelmed.  Also, she can only say 5 words, two of them aren't very clear and none of them happen to be my name, phone number, or address.  I'd want to rent a wagon (I hear they do that), and have my name and number somewhere on her.  I have a big box of tyvek bracelets i ordered off the internet with my name and number on them (they're like those ones you get at the fair that require scissors to remove).  I put one on her ankle when we go to the beach, mostly because she tends to chew it if it's on her wrist and that makes the number too hard to read.

karene999
by Karen on Feb. 1, 2016 at 3:59 PM
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yes you can rent wagons, but even better is you can get order temp tattoos from this website and use those to help identify her and you in case something happens.

http://www.safetytat.com/

LauraSanta
by Member on Feb. 1, 2016 at 4:19 PM
Lots of good advice here! We also got there right when the park opened and brought a ton of snacks. The kids ate while we waited in line and done of the rides have th bus to play with in line, too. We left around 2 each day. Marco only had one really bad meltdown, but we didn't even know he was on the spectrum when we went. His sister was only 18 months. We had the best time. The fast pass system was great. And not going in with high expectations was also key. We went back one not get gor the electric light parade. It had just happened to rain that day and the park had cleared out. Then the rain stopped just before the parade. We sat right in the front of the park and left immediately before the fireworks. It was awesome. I hope you have a great time!!
mammakittykat
by on Feb. 1, 2016 at 4:56 PM
You can also make your own temp tattoo with a fine point sharpie marker and liquid bandage. That is what we do with our kids when we go to six flags. We also take pictures of each kid so we have a reference if one gets seperated from us. We also dress everyone in bright colors that are easy to spot.

Quoting karene999:

yes you can rent wagons, but even better is you can get order temp tattoos from this website and use those to help identify her and you in case something happens.

http://www.safetytat.com/

magmommy
by Silver Member on Feb. 1, 2016 at 6:38 PM
I wish she would. :(

Quoting gdiamante:

There are lots of accomodations available. But know your child's limits and make sure SHE knows them. We were just talking about Disneylad (Anaheim) last night. We used to go quite often when my husband was an Imagineer. For us, the lines weren't so much a problem as many of the rides themselves. My son doesn't like anything with dips or drops, so no "Pirates," "Indiana Jones" or roller-coaster type rides. He was scared by things like "Snow White" and "Alice in Wonderland." About the only rides he really liked were the boat-types: "Small World," "Jungle Cruise" and "Storybook Cruise." And "Autopia" was fine for him. He didn't even care for "Star Tours," though he liked the shop!

Before your mom spends big bucks on Disney World, she should try a smaller amusement park if there is one in your area. She can get an idea of what will and won't work for him, to avoid disappointment with a big trip. 

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