This week, guest blogger, Claire, continues her series on Disney with disabilities.
Disney offers THIS printable guide to help with what to expect for your special child. In it is a VALUABLE chart of everything you can expect on rides and attractions. From loud noises and smells to very specific things that might make your child uncomfortable. To me this is a must read and must print!
Sight and Sound sensitivity.
Disney has taken the guess work out of the rides for you with an extensive list of each and every ride and what to expect on each. You can find this information HERE. Another helpful tip is searching for the rides on You Tube and watching them with your child from the comfort of home so that they know what to expect and you can make a decision on if this is the right ride for them.
My oldest daughter has a severe sound sensitivity and I highly recommend getting a pair of Baby Bands Ear Protection Muffs. This makes loud rides and movies tolerable for her, and helps with the loud noise of the nightly fireworks display. If your child can not handle the sights or sounds of fireworks then plan on going to the parks when they open and leaving before the loud bangs begin.
Never be afraid to ask a Cast Member for help:
Take it from my dear friend Erin Vest, even if both you and your child are disabled, you can still have a magical time at Disney:
“Once, it was just the kids and I going on Star Tours, I didn’t have a fast pass and I was in my scooter. I told the kids we may have to wait and both seemed to be in good moods and excited enough to handle a line. Big mistake. By 10 minutes in line Jack was jumping and flapping and I was in the sun….a big no-no for those with Lupus. I Flagged down a cast member, planning on asking if we could just have help getting ‘out’ of line…going backwards in a line with two kids and scooter is no easy task. Instead he lead us through and up to the front … seeing as I was struggling. Gave a wink, and told us to have a magical day.”
Spend Some Time on You Tube:
You Tube can be a valuable resource for your child. Not only can you find tours of the resort hotels and of the parks, you can also find videos of rides, fireworks shows and even character meet and greets. Let your child watch and explore and get familiar with the parks. This way they know what to expect, what they are going to see, and you can also gauge their reaction ahead of time. Make a list ahead of time of what rides and attractions your child seems to be excited about and which ones your child seems a tad bit overwhelmed with. Once you get to the parks, you will be ready with the knowledge of what your child can and cannot handle attraction wise at any specific time during your trip.
If you need more proof that your special child can have a magical time at Disney, just take a look at Nora’s smile in this video!
Finally I want to share with you some of the BEST websites and blogs that I have found that give you a wealth of information about planning your Disney Trip with your special Needs child.
Share any Disney tips in the comments below, and stay tuned! Next week we dive into my Top Tips for Saving Money at Disney!