If you missed last week, go here to read about Disney’s Disability Access Service and how to set it up!

So, now it is set up, let’s talk about how to use Disney DAS…

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Establishing a DAS Return Time…

In order to use the DAS, you’ll need your MagicBand (again, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go here).

First, the person with the disability does NOT have to be at the attraction to establish a DAS return time. Anyone in the party can do that.

Sidenote: I cannot imagine if my son had to go to the entrance of a ride and then walk away and come back 20 minutes later…

That is Autism Hell.

If he were to think he was going to ride Dumbo and we just walked away, we may as well end our day because he might not recover from it!

DAS is meant to be a service, not a hindrance. So, if the person with a disability is like my son, do not make him/her go to establish the return time.

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Back to establishing the DAS return time…

First, you walk up to the attraction for which you’d like to establish a time, find the cast member working the entrance and say, “I’d like to establish a DAS return time please.”

Yes, it’s really that easy!

Most cast members were happy to help and quickly got it ready for us.

They have a device, a modified iPhone, that they will touch to your MagicBand. They’ll ask you how many in your party and tell you what time to come back.

They decide your return time by looking at the current wait time and subtracting 10 minutes…

So, if the wait for It’s A Small World is 30 minutes, your return time will be in 20 minutes.

You can use the My Disney Experience app on your phone to keep track of your times.

Then, you can do whatever you like for those 20 minutes…

When you come back for your DAS return time, the person with the disability MUST be present…

You’ll all go to the FP+ (Fast Pass Plus) entrance together.

Make sure to scan the DAS enabled MagicBand first. (This solved many minor issues for us.) The attending cast member will approve the group as each person scans his/her band.

You may still have to wait in a very short line like everyone else using FP+, but it is never as crowded and really is a minimal wait.

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Nate practicing scanning his MagicBand!

How to Use DAS: The Rules…

?You can only have 1 DAS Return Time scheduled at any time.

?Your Return Time is good for any time after your wait. So, when we are leaving the park for our early afternoon break, we establish a DAS time before we leave. The wait may only be 20 minutes, but it’s good for any time after the wait is finished. When we return the park early evening, we go straight to that attraction first.

?You can still use rider switch.

?You can set up your DAS in Guest Relations before the park opens in Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.

?You only need to set up DAS the first time you enter a park; it’s good for your whole stay or up to six months after initial setup.

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Okay, let’s see this in action!

Here’s a sample “How to use Disney DAS” plan that I have used in Magic Kingdom:

Arrive before the park opens to visit Guest Relations and set up the DAS (remember you can find that out how to do that here).

*Remember, the person with the disability MUST be present.

9:00 Park opens

Family in line to meet Merida…

Mom goes around the corner to establish DAS with whichever set of princesses we do not have FP+ scheduled for.

?Meet Merida

?FP+ Cinderella & Elena

?DAS Rapunzel & Tiana

10:00 Family in line to ride Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel…

Mom to Enchanted Tales with Belle to establish DAS.

?Ride Carrousel

?Use bathroom

?Visit Enchanted Tales with Belle

11:00 Stop in at Gaston’s Tavern for a Cinnamon Roll…

While waiting, one parent establishes DAS for meeting Ariel in her grotto.

11:30 FP+ Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid…

?DAS Meet Ariel in her grotto.

At this point, around noon, we usually take a break. Before we go, we stop to establish a DAS return time on the way out…

We normally choose to Meet Mickey Mouse in Town Square because it is convenient to do as we’re walking back into the park.

Now, this isn’t an exact schedule that would work for every family and it doesn’t even make the best use of FP+…

But I hope you get the gist which is this: remember to establish DAS return times as you go and immediately after you finish using one.

Doing this helps you get the best bang for your buck.

I mentioned in this schedule that I often walk ahead a little to establish the DAS time while my family is waiting for something…

I am never away from them for more than a couple minutes when I do this. It’s a family vacation and we want to be together.

We also want everything to go as smoothly as possible and this method works well for us.

Familiarizing yourself with the park will help you to be fast about it, so maybe it can work for your family too. Remember that you can use the My Disney Experience app to see detailed park maps.

Okay, that’s all you need to know about how to use Disney DAS!

It is a really simple, effective service to meet so many different needs!

Next week, I’ll talk about other resources available at Disney World for individuals with disabilities.

As always, if you have questions or anything to add, scroll to the bottom and say something in the comments!

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