Disney world

Hi everyone 

We are planning to take our 2 boys to Disney in Florida next year however we are somewhat apprehensive about how my son will manage. His sensory needs are quite high and he can become overwhelmed in these sorts of environments. I don’t want him to miss out and obviously want him to enjoy himself so just wondered if any of you have been and any tips on making the trip successful? 

Thanks :) 

  • Hello,

    I don’t have experience of this, but Disney have a page about it here. And there is an article here by a parent of an autistic child who explains what you can do. My apologies if you have already seen these.

  • How old is your son?

    I have to be honest with you, I can think of nothing worse than going to disney. This is not just because I am old, I hated the idea of going when I was a child as well and I didn't feel that I missed out by not having to do something as terrifying as that.

  • Greetings. (Yet I surely  I am the only one who HAS actually been there... long ago, about 30 years... y'know, before the Internet, and when television was in black-and-white, and cars had to be wound up...y'know...?   (!) )
    Seriously, though. Diagnosis did not exist for me back then. But, around age 10, I was taken there, and was excited about meeting certain characters which I liked (Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, etc.).

    This is my advice, maybe...
    Waiting in line for HOURS was difficult, so try to go at a quiet time (very early, very late, in winter)... but I was excited about going upon the Rides (thinking about the rides and surroundings excited me)... but in the end I was looking forward to meeting my favourite characters. (But Daisy Duck did not show, Minnie Mouse was on-stage only... and so I had to make do with Chip and Dale!)
    Provide lots of distractions and information about what to look forward to (rides, characters, food, whatever) and do not leave the child alone. Do not become anxious yourself, and point out a lot of the other things going on (not people.). If children are upset, and distraction does not work, then ask what is wrong in consideration of what THEY want to see instead.

    The main idea is a sort of "immersion in their/the fantasy"... or something like that...?! And that applies to ANY theme park, I think. If there is an interest in something, then focus upon that.

  • I went last year, and took my two children (10 and 7 at the time - not AS).  At some parks, for example on the Harry Potter rides, we queued for about an hour and a half but there were lots of things to do / look at on the way, snaking through the queue.  Some rides however don't have this and so can be a bit boring waiting.  You can get fast passes on some rides which help, just book them in advance to make sure you get them for the days / times you want.  There are a lot of people, noise and colour there but it was fantastic.

  • Yet I surely  I am the only one who HAS actually been there...

    ...This is not a very busy Thread, and so I did not spot this until now. I meant that surely I am NOT the only one... but so far, it seems that I am...? I was just a child... I cannot afford to Travel much nowdays.

    Also, I may add... the sight of PLUTO (the Dog) walking upon his hind legs was a little scary at the time, also. (!) And upon the Rollercoaster Rides, they insist that persons take their spectacles off, and so I did not enjoy "Space Mountain" at all, because I could not see a thing in there. This is another thing to consider. Not sure that I may Post more, now, but Thanks for the Thanks anyway..