A great time can be had for guests with any type of disability at the OrlandoTheme Parks including WDW. Probably the best option to avoid the crowds and the hottest part of the day , is to go early in the morning, having a break midday and then returning in the evening. The theme Parks Guest Services centres and can provide assistance for guests with special needs and the guest services centres can be found close to the entrance at each park.
Walt Disney World Resort Services for Guests with Special Needs
A comprehensive guide for guests with cognitive disabilities including autism is available from Walt Disney World and they also provide one for guests with mobility disabilities. This latter guide also includes information about which attractions allow guests to remain in wheelchairs
Visitors who cannot wait in lines can obtain a Disability Access Service (DAS) pass at any Guest Services Lobby, where a photograph will be taken at registration to ensure the pass is not abused. TheDAS provides the guest and 5 other party members with a return time when the wait is more than 25 minutes. Once given a return time the DAS works like the FastPass+ program
Guests with cognitive disabilities can take a break in one of the several quiet areas in the WDW theme parks
If there are more than two adults in the party and a child does not want to or cannot ride an attraction , families can make use of the Rider Switch option
Almost all attractions have a wheelchair accessible queue ir and alternate entrance to ensure guests can ride the attraction . Some attractions require guests in wheelchairs to transfer into the ride vehicle.
It is possible to rent wheelchairs and electric scooters near the entrance of WDW parks if you don’t already have one. There are even pool wheelchairs for use at the water parks
If you have a valid disabled parking placard valet parking is free at WDW
Most food allergies and special dietary needs can be accommodated if you let a cast member, server or manager know and guests can also bring food and snacks into the park.
Guests with cognitive special needs should bring a bracelet or name tag, headphones or earplugs, a favorite device ,reinforcers for good behaviour and a sensory toy if needed
Parking for the Magic Kingdom is at WDW TTC . from there guests can transfer by monorail to MK or Ep , ferry to mk and busses to other parks. Parking for the other disney parks is located in front of the parks’ entrances . All parks have trams to take guests from their car to the entrance and back again when its time to go home. Disability parking is located at the front of each parking lot
Should you lose a party member , immediately make contact with WDW cast member who will help you and bring you to the lost persons location. WDW suggest that family members with cognitive disabilities should be provided with a name tag to and a photo taken of them in case they get lost or tend to wander off
photos courtesy of Michael Holden – Thank you Michael