846.9 #219 (DL Qual #478

Mar 10, 2013 8:50 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
New to MW and still learning the ropes! My family is planning our second family trip, for five days in November. My 15 year old son is autistic, even though we had a great visit last time, I'd appreciate any tips from other families, who have children with special needs. We utilized the special pass, for accommodations on wait lines and boarding. Also, Andy loves the Pixar movies and characters. Any hints for meeting the characters or tips for Cars land? Thanks for any and all assistance!

I just wanted to comment that we're also going in November! My friends child is autistic and she said that she had him watch videos of the rides so there were no surprises. She said it helped during their trip. - Autty40  4.6 #20295 10:50PM
Great idea! - DreadPiratesRogers  846.9 #219 11:03PM
My son is Autistic and 16. We too use the special needs pass. I also will ask to sit in the back row of rides like its a small world and on pirates just so he doesn't feel surrounded by people and some times we juat sit down on a bench or go on the train or somewhere peaceful just do he can take a break. Hope you have a great time. - Apples2  625.3 #325 8:59PM
I have an escape in all parts of the park. Somewhere we can go and calm down at. We had to utilize about 3 of them to get to first aid and the main gate last night. Bring earplugs or noise canceling ear buds so an escape can be made. - MeridasHair  346.5 #687 10:09PM
I'll be using the features on MW for this type of planning! Thanks for your reply! - DreadPiratesRogers  846.9 #219 11:19PM
As far as the characters go a CM let a lady and her son go in front of us once and of course I didn't say anything because I'm aware of the pass and know there was a reason that was done so I didn't mind. The woman turned around though and apologized explaining he was autistic and of course told her there was no need to apologize and we were so thrilled to see his interaction! So maybe check with a CM that helps the characters. Also in DCA many rides offer a return time pass for busier rides. If they argue with you ask for a lead to talk to. Have fun! - Cinderella_Schnooks  3370.7 #42 10:26PM
My son and I were coming out of Astro Blasters and literally walked into Buzz. My son was so amazed and thrilled! I was so excited for him, that I didn't notice that others were lined-up to see him. I was grabbing for my camera, when I was met by someone not as gracious as you. I felt bad for jumping the cue, I felt bad for my son and wished I could have captured a photo of his surprised meeting with Buzz! I hoping to capture some good memories this next time around! Thanks for your response, then and now! - DreadPiratesRogers  846.9 #219 11:15PM
If smells are a sensory issue, keep in mind that the area near POTC has a musty, swampy smell. The Redwood Creek Challenge area at DCA has some quiet, shady spots and also allows for physical activity, climbing etc if this is calming. The 3D Bugs Life show causes my daughter some anxiety so we skip it. Animation Theater is a great place to meander at your own pace. What type of issues are you most concerned with? - MamaRoo  466.7 #465 11:38PM
The climbing tip for DCA is awesome - thanks! My guy is active, he will love that as break! He loves the zoetrope in the animation theater too! We added two extra days to this visit from our previous trip, so we can do things at a pace that keeps Andy happy without the rest of us feeling like we are missing out on the fun! Moving in crowds is hard physically and wears down his tolerance for other things. We also learned that he's not a coaster guy, but does well on slower, themed type rides, POTC, jungle cruise, autotopia, small world, etc... I've already decided that if we attempt something more daring, we'll do it at the end of the day. Last year we did space mountain early in the day, he freaked out and was resistive to everything else that day. I'm hoping to learn as much from other families who have had more opportunities in the park than we've had. Thanks for your help! - DreadPiratesRogers  846.9 #219 4:45PM
I hadn't thought about requesting back row seating - thanks! Yes, the train is perfect for both of us to take a break! We don't go often, so I want to make each trip a great experience for each of us! - DreadPiratesRogers  846.9 #219 9:37PM

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