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Disney Guide for Guests with Special Needs

As a person with special needs, it may be a difficult feat to enjoy Disney World as easily as others.

Many factors may contribute to a person, especially one with special needs, requiring special accommodations in order to make the experience a more pleasant and comfortable one.

Disney understands this, and offers several options to make each and every one of their guests feel more at home, with special accommodations from designated break areas to dietary substitutions, Disney is there for you.

Disney Guide for Guests with Special Needs

Pre Purchase Tickets

In order to avoid lines, guests may purchase their tickets for the parks ahead of time online.

This will avoid unnecessary wait times to get into the parks.

Use Rider Switch Service

Another useful tool is the Rider Switch service that Disney offers.

If one of the members of your group is unable to or chooses not to go on a ride but is unable to remain alone, Disney allows a Rider Switch option in which the riders can switch after one enjoys the ride, without having to wait on line again.

This can make things go much more smoothly, and allow family members to enjoy the rides in a timely fashion, without extra wait times.

Disability Access Service Card

The new program is designed to provide the special experience guests have come to expect from Disney.

It will also help control abuse that was, unfortunately, widespread and growing at an alarming rate.

The new disability access service card (DAS) will allow Guests with disabilities at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time.

Guests Relations at the front of each park will continue to assist

Guests and provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances.

Special Dietary Accommodations

Individuals with special dietary restrictions can rest assured knowing that Disney is willing to work with you to meet the needs of your family.

Special dietary accommodations can be made at many locations throughout Disney World.

Other Useful Tips

Wheelchairs and scooters should be rented in advance due to a first come first serve policy.

Also offered are Companion Restrooms with ample space for guests who need assistance, and break areas throughout the park where guests who are feeling over-stimulated or overwhelmed can take a break as needed.

Striving to make guests feel more comfortable, Disney offers many useful tips and guidelines for visiting with individuals with special needs including being prepared with a visual schedule, watching videos on what to expect at the parks, reviewing maps, practicing being among the crowds and waiting in line, and choosing a special meeting location if your party gets separated.

Along with this, individuals are encouraged to check out Disney's Guide for Guests with Disabilities (which provides tips and guidelines for individuals with special needs) or Attraction Details for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities, (which will give guests an overview of what to expect at each attraction so that guests can be prepared).

Both guides can be extremely helpful for individuals traveling to Disney World with individuals with special needs.

Area Served: Disneyworld, Orlando, Kissimmee, Claremont, Davenport

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