Vacationing at Walt Disney World
with Special Needs

As of October 9, 2013, the Guest Assistance Card, one of Disney's programs to assist guests with disabilities at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, is being discontinued. The program, which provides access to attractions for guests with disabilities, is being modified to help serve the guests who truly need it, as well as control abuse with the current program. The new Disability Access Service (DAS) Card will replace the Guest Assistance Card. Guests will be able to request a Disability Access Service Card at Guest Relations, and they will receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. Guests can still visit Guest Relations to discuss their individual situations for assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances. Meg Crofton, president Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, recently shared a letter of reassurance and continuing commitment to organizations representing the autism and disabled communities. Click here to visit Disney's official site for additional information about the new program.

 

Walt Disney World is not only one of the most magical places on earth but also one of the most friendly for folks requiring special needs!

From accessible water fountains, accommodating chefs, handheld captioning, companion restrooms and much more -- folks with special needs can and do travel to WDW and have an enjoyable vacation.

In this special section of AllEars.Net, we go into specifics that you'll want to know, whether you use a wheelchair, have hearing or vision impairments, require a special diet, have Austism Spectrum Disorder or AHDH, are a person of large size, or travel with a service animal.

General Information

-- Companion Assisted Restroom Locations
-- Accessible Resort Room Photographs
-- Attraction Seating Photo Gallery

ADD/ADHD

-- Reader Stories

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

--General FAQ
--Firsthand Report
--Other Reader Experiences
--Tips

Epilepsy

Hearing

--Assistive Listening
--Handheld Captioning
--Reflective Captioning
--Sign (ASL) Interpreted Attractions
--Video Captioning

Latex Allergy

Mobility

-- Mobility Disabilities
-- Wheelchair/ECV FAQ
-- Animal Kingdom in a Wheelchair
-- Epcot in a Wheelchair
-- Airline Experiences

Service Animals

-- General Information
-- Tips Before You Leave Home
-- Disney Transportation
-- Disney's Hollywood Studios
-- Epcot Future World
-- Epcot World Showcase
-- Magic Kingdom Tips and Hints

Size Concerns - WDW at Large

Special Dietary Needs

--Celiac Sprue
--Food Allergies
--Kosher
--Low Carb
--Other Special Diets

--Vegetarian/Vegan

Parks Counter Service
Parks Table Service
Strategies for WDW Vegetarian  Dining

Special Medical Needs

Visual Impairments

Overview and Tips
Guide to Visiting WDW with a Vision Impairment

We so strongly believe that WDW is a place for everyone, that we have joined forces with PassPorter Press to write Passporter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line - Easy Access for Travelers with Extra Challenges.

Order the Book from PassPorter Press Click Here
Read the Press Release Click Here

It is our hope, through researching the book and talking with many of you, that these pages and the book will help put your minds at ease and enable you to have a magical vacation at Walt Disney World.

Deb Wills
Debra Martin Koma