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Old 10-22-2012, 04:08 PM   #1
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Info on ride line pass for autistic child

I am taking my 10 year old brother to WDW in May and he is autistic. I had read on here somewhere befpre that Disney offers a pass so you don't have to wait long in the rides (which would be great for him because I know he gets antsy around crowds and standing around). I was just looking for more info on this and what is required for it as i cannot remember?
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:12 PM   #2
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you are thinking of guest assistance card. If you go to disablities board they could give you more info
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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I have read on here about the Guest Assistance card, but from my understanding it isn't a pass to the front of the line but maybe a special waiting area away from the big crowds at some rides

I think you get it when you get there at Guest Services. If you search for GAC or guest assistance card you will find a lot of posts. Or check the disABILITY section of the forums
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Hello,

my brother is 18 has a pervasive development disorder and we went to guest services at the park and told them that he has this and they were more than happy to give us a guest accessibility card for the week of our trip and it's so great it really helped my brother too!
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:23 PM   #5
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Hi there

My niece is autistic. We have gone 2 times. There is a pass. My niece has a hard time standing in lane for to long so any time that was over 10-15 minutes we used. It also works for the characters. Don't be afraid to use it. You might get people looking at you or comments but don't listen. If my sister did not have that pass it would not have a good trip for them. We also brought a letter from her doctor. When you go to your first pass just go to customer service and they can give you the pass.



Does your brother like rides? The only ride that my niece had problems on was Space Mountain and she didn't ride Rock and Roller Coaster. Space mountain we think it was because it was dark and no one could sit next to her. But all the others she loved!! She just laughed. She is non verbal but she dragged my BIL back on Splash Mountain 3 times in a row.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:40 PM   #6
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Ask for a Guest Assistance Card at Guest Services. You may be able to get one.

The GAC is not intended as a way to skip lines or waiting, however it is very helpful.

Show it to the Cast Member at the entrance and they will help you

For rides without a Fast Pass they will typically direct you to a "side" entrance used by wheelchairs. There is typically a long wait here, but it is usually in the shade away from crowds. For example, on Spaceship Earth the handicapped entrance is a roped off area inside the attached pavilion.

For some rides using the handicapped entrance will mean you miss part of the "pre-show" for example, the stretching room at HM.

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Just moving to the disABILITIES board where the folks there will be able to offer you lots of support and advice
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Follow the link in my signature to the disABILITIES FAQs thread.

Post 6 of that thread is about Guest Assistance Cards. They are NOT passes, but are a way to communicate the needs a person with a disability has to Cast Members at attractions.

Each attraction has different accommodations, so what you need may not be available at each attraction.

They are not officially not used at character greetings, but the Cast Members at permanent character greetings may be able to help you in some way. Outdoor greeting areas are generally not, since it is usually one CM along with he character and there isn't a blocked off line.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:55 PM   #9
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I am taking my 10 year old brother to WDW in May and he is autistic. I had read on here somewhere befpre that Disney offers a pass so you don't have to wait long in the rides (which would be great for him because I know he gets antsy around crowds and standing around). I was just looking for more info on this and what is required for it as i cannot remember?
There is no "pass" that offers either front of the line or short waiting, except for a few children on Make a Wish trips. There is a Guest Assistance Pass (GAC) that many people with autistic children find helpful. It is not intended to shorten lines and may in fact result in longer waits at some attractions. Another useful tool many use is a good touring plan and FastPasses.

As others have pointed out, more about the GAC can be found in the disABILITITIES FAQ sticky at the top of the forum.

Enjoy your vacation!
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #10
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Ok thanks that's def the card I was thinking of. We go down all the time ourselves so we are pros with fast passes and the best way to plan our days so I think for the most part we would be ok. I had just heard about this and know if there is an instance where this would help it would be good to have for him to enjoy himself. I don't want him to get overwhelmed by things that for him could be an issue.
I'm not sure if he likes rides as he has never been to an amusement park. We have a little fair that comes here annually with a Ferris wheel and such and he likes those but they are very different from Disney rides. But I think he will at least try the rides (I hope). I know certain things will be more challenging than normal and we are just going to build our plans around him and what he needs. So any options available that could make a difference in certain situations are great! Anything with a 20 min or less wait I would just wait in line for.
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Old 10-23-2012, 12:05 AM   #11
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We went in May a few years ago with our 3 autistic children. They are high functioning but 2 hate crowds, one especially.

Best thing we did was being there at rope drop (at Mk we stood by front wall, other places we tried to find wall, boys stood along wall, we stood between them and crowd) Then I had detailed touring plan. My kids like to know what is coming up, so we had a book about rides and they looked at pictures and knew where we were going and in what order. I even picked out where we were eating and they new that. My daughter would say, now we go___________. Very helpful for us. Checking restaurant menus ahead made sure I knew there was something they would eat. We took a pbj for my daughter a few days

Last helpful thing was leaving around 1-2 most everyday. A couple days we went back. But having the break from the crowds was as important as the break from the heat

It was worth the pre planning, if nothing else I knew what was coming up and felt more in control, so when something went wrong I had an idea where to go to get cool, out of the crowd, or a drink, etc

One son was in a wheelchair so we didn't get a GAC but honestly it was more trouble and we hated having to use it, he has had surgery now and is looking forward to going back and not needing it. He got so sad sitting there watching others load, he didn't remember the times it was faster, and he could get out and load regular, just not stand and walk long.

The plan was much much more helpful (not that I wouldn't get a GAC, just our experience)
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We went in May a few years ago with our 3 autistic children. They are high functioning but 2 hate crowds, one especially.

Best thing we did was being there at rope drop (at Mk we stood by front wall, other places we tried to find wall, boys stood along wall, we stood between them and crowd) Then I had detailed touring plan. My kids like to know what is coming up, so we had a book about rides and they looked at pictures and knew where we were going and in what order. I even picked out where we were eating and they new that. My daughter would say, now we go___________. Very helpful for us. Checking restaurant menus ahead made sure I knew there was something they would eat. We took a pbj for my daughter a few days

Last helpful thing was leaving around 1-2 most everyday. A couple days we went back. But having the break from the crowds was as important as the break from the heat

It was worth the pre planning, if nothing else I knew what was coming up and felt more in control, so when something went wrong I had an idea where to go to get cool, out of the crowd, or a drink, etc

One son was in a wheelchair so we didn't get a GAC but honestly it was more trouble and we hated having to use it, he has had surgery now and is looking forward to going back and not needing it. He got so sad sitting there watching others load, he didn't remember the times it was faster, and he could get out and load regular, just not stand and walk long.

The plan was much much more helpful (not that I wouldn't get a GAC, just our experience)
Thanks for sharing your experience I plan to have a detailed touring plan as well I think they make a huge difference. It's funny you mention the food I was actually going through the restaurant menus today as my brother is EXTREMELY picky with food. He eats very little selection and pretty much just wants potatoes, fries or plain pasta. I mentioned to my husband today I will have to buy some peanut butter and bread down there and be ready to make sandwiches and also bring some because he does like peanut butter sandwiches so you mentioning taking them for your daughter made me think of our conversation.
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If you ask for a GAC, you need to tell them what his needs are, not his diagnosis. There is no blank card saying if you have this diagnosis, then you get these accommodations. Everyone, even with the same diagnosis is different and needs different things. You need to be able to tell them what he needs. If once you get one, and find that the accommodations that you were given is not working, you can go back to Guest Services and explain what is working and what is not and see "if" there is anything else that can be done to help.
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I plan to have a detailed touring plan as well I think they make a huge difference.
A detailed touring plan in your pocket can be a good reference, however don't expect to follow it to the letter. You will want to take your cues from your brother. If he's overstimulated (or getting there), take a break. Maybe a quieter area of the park and a snack will be all he needs, or leave the park and return to your resort for a swim and/or a rest. Hopefully you know some of his "cues" to recognize that he's getting overstimulated and try to react then before meltdown occurs. Touring will be very different than what you are used to and you likely will get much less accomplished than you usually do. Don't think that's bad - if he enjoys 2 hours in the park, you've had a "good day."

You're a wonderful big sister to take your little brother on vacation! Enjoy!
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My niece is autistic. We have gone 2 times. There is a pass. My niece has a hard time standing in lane for to long so any time that was over 10-15 minutes we used. It also works for the characters. Don't be afraid to use it. You might get people looking at you or comments but don't listen. If my sister did not have that pass it would not have a good trip for them. We also brought a letter from her doctor. When you go to your first pass just go to customer service and they can give you the pass.

Does your brother like rides? The only ride that my niece had problems on was Space Mountain and she didn't ride Rock and Roller Coaster. Space mountain we think it was because it was dark and no one could sit next to her. But all the others she loved!! She just laughed. She is non verbal but she dragged my BIL back on Splash Mountain 3 times in a row.
I didn't realize you could use the gac for character lines.
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