Now there are many other people out there with other Disabilities or Special Needs. This blog may give you some tips but not all may apply. This is not to be abused by anyone as it takes away from those who truly need it and if you do abuse it you should be ashamed of yourself! A perfect example is someone I know who I no longer speak to. She can go dancing and out to clubs all year round but when in Disney she throws on a Ace bandage and complains she can't walk or stand for too long. That, to me, is abusing the system. She tries to get on the rides a bit quicker when in reality she CAN wait. Makes me so angry!! Now I am not one to judge anyone else as I know there are hidden disabilities but for this one person I know if full of it!
*The following is our experience with our son with Autism and Apraxia at Disney World. Your experience may differ from ours but this is how it has worked for us the many times we have gone to Disney World from 2009-2013.*
Some of the other sites I like to check out are:
|Our picture from O'hana's.|
|Sam was more interested in eating his chips..|
****The GAC card is only to be used if the person name that is on the card is GOING on that ride.**
Fastpasses - We do use Fastpasses for the rides Sam doesn't go on. The GAC card is only supposed to be used when the person whose name is on the card is actually going on the ride. I know some people feel that the person should not have to wait for their family for an hour if they dont want to ride. I am not one of those people. I will take Sam off somewhere else or on rides he likes while my older boys ride a bigger ride. Here is some info on Fastpass - https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/fast-pass/
Disney is also trying something new called Fastpass+. You can reserve a rides in advance before leaving for your trip. Here is some more info on that http://micechat.com/17855-walt-disney-world-fastpass-plus/ I have yet to try the Fastpass plus as it wasn't an option the last time we went.
|Example of GAC card.|
This in not my picture.
I found it on google images.
|Example of sticker|
for your stroller. Not my picture.
|Sam LOVED meeting Sully and Mike!|
If you stay on site you also have access to Disney's Extra Magic hours. That is on certain days a certain park will open early or stay open late only to those who are staying on site. Cast Members will ask to see your room key as proof that you are staying onsite.
When to go?
I get asked this question a lot. I always say anytime you can go is good!! But there are times that are less crowded than others. Also there are a few weeks that I would stay away from at all costs!!
The summer time can be crowded and hot. We have gone in July and August and we prefer August. The last 2 weeks seem to be less crowded than the first two. When to avoid? Thanksgiving week, Christmas through New Years, Sping Break and most Holidays. The last 2 weeks in December I heard are very crowded too. We have gone in May,July, August, October, November and December. I love going either the first 2 weeks in November or December but the temps may be a bit cooler and the parks may close a bit earlier.
This website has a great crowd calendar. You need to pay to subscribe to view it. Your subscription lasts a year. I do it because I find their Crowd Calendars to be right on.
Again I will say - go when you can! If you have the option of choosing a time then I would research it more but I know very well sometimes you don't have a choice.
|Steak from Tony's Town Square|
|Tomorrowland Dessert party -|
|One of our Photopass pictures. Also an example of some of|
the things you can add to your pictures on the PhotoPass
|Example of what the PhotoPass photographers wear.|
Picture is from a great site called http://www.stitchkingdom.com/
|Example of the back of the shirts we had made.|
If you are make sure to tell them when you book your trip and also when you make your ADR's. some places will give you a Birthday cupcake.
There are also other things you can do. When we celebrated my son's 7th Birthday I had ordered him a special cake through the cake hotline. 407-827-2253
You can order a generic cake or ask them to make you something special. I had this cake made because it is my sons favorite ride. I had it delivered to our dinner reservation at Liberty Tree Tavern.
|Josh's Birthday Cake|
There are also places you can order things from and they will be delivered to your room. I have used
http://www.disneyflorist.com/ and http://www.memoriesbybetsy.com/mbb/index.php. Both were great!
|Here is one of the relief spots in Hollywood Studios.|
|Sam and Hagrid|
|The Kitchen Sink at Beaches N Cream |