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Old 03-14-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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Question/opinions regarding parade

OK. I'm an A+ worrier. It's hard to worry more than I do. I'm not proud of it, but there it is.
What has me up at nights recently is the idea that we actually want to see the FoF parade this year. We haven't seen any of the Disney parades in over 10 years. The biggest reason is the stress of the masses of people and how far in advance you need to stake out a spot and even then, trying to save space for your family starting at an hour and a half or 2, and keeping it open even up to half an hour before it starts for the family to return is incredibly stressful for me. Daniel would NOT deal w/ waiting there for that long, there is no way. I mean, it's ulcer inducing stress for me. My youngest is autistic and we use his stroller as a wheelchair in WDW. Not only do we use it as a buffer between him and others and his safe zone, but also as a way to calm him down and remove him quickly from situations that escalate quickly and badly out of control. I'm not quite sure if he's going to be able to handle a parade with the crowds and noise, but the only way to know is to try, right? We haven't before becuase he handled lines and rides so poorly most of the time, parades were an automatic no-go.

SO! All that said, I'll be seeking out the help of a DAS to help us keep him calm in situations we know that usually don't go well. But what can I do about a parade? I could try and find a spot that's perhaps like on the upper deck of the train station near the entrance so that if we need to get away quickly, it might be a little easier to do up there than if we were having 12 people deep behind us. But I don't even know if that is realistic. I know people like it up there too. I'm really at a loss here. Does anyone have any suggestions to help put my mind more at ease? I don't mind staking out a spot, but people WILL invade it even if I tell them to return to our spot 30 minutes prior. I don't want to get into arguments w/ people. I'm very non-confrontational. We plan so carefully to make our trips possible and we do our best to not impact any one else's experience adversely, but sometimes, the best laid plans, just aren't enough. We do a ton of pre-trip "prep" to acclimate him to what will be coming, but you can only do so much.

ME-Stephanie (44) Brian (DH 49) , Nicholas (DS14), Daniel (DS7)
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