On June 22nd my family left for our first vacation. Our destination was DisneyWorld and we had some advice given to us that really came through and I thought I would share with the masses (just in case you didn’t know).
The first thing you should know is that Disney supports Autism. They have a special needs pass that you can get at any guest relations desk at any of the theme parks that will allow you to SKIP THE LINES. Now, this of course can be abused by people so we had brought a note from Eli’s doctor showing his diagnoses and how standing on 60-75 minute lines would drive him (and us) crazy. I have to admit I was completely against getting this pass because I thought Eli could handle it, but I was wrong and this pass proved to be invaluable.
At almost every ride Disney has three lines: Regular, Fast Pass and an alternative entrance. If the line was long we simply showed our pass and our entire party was either put in the fast track line or moved to the alternative entrance. We waited literally at the longest 20 minutes to get on any ride. This was amazing. There were no meltdowns, no whining and no panic attacks. Eli simply enjoyed the day.
If you have a special needs child, Disney will help you survive the park and lines. All you have to do is ask for the help. As for the trip so far, we are on day 6 of 9 and Eli has been a roller coaster junkie. Nothing phases him, and it has been amazing. He has done all of the big rides and spent a day at Typhoon Lagoon. It is funny because at one point in his life he had such an aversion to being splashed or getting wet and now I couldn’t get him out of the wave pool and slides.