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During this Doing Disney with Disabilities series, we’ve been talking about Disney DAS and what that is and how to use Disney DAS…

If you just joining us and you want to catch up, here’s PART 1 & Part 2.

They are packed with so much helpful information that can make your Disney trip even more magical!

Today we are going to dive into some other Disney resources that are available during your vacation…

Walt Disney World offers several other amenities to all its guests that are especially helpful for individuals with Autism.

First, each park has a Baby Care Center

We’ve only used this once when my son was 4 years old.

Long story short, he had a meltdown right on Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom. We were along the street by Casey’s Corner, so the Baby Care Center was close.

It was nice because it got us out of view of everyone…

There was a rocking chair in a quieter corner that we used. It is available to anyone, not just babies or nursing mothers.

I want to help you by outlining where the Baby Care Center is in each park. 

I’ll also highlight a few places that my family uses to take a break while in the parks.

Magic Kindom

Baby Care Center…

""This is located on the backside of Casey’s Corner, across from The Crystal Palac

It is available for anyone to use, not just babies. It’s air-conditioned. Usually, very few people are in there.

My favorite places to take a break in Magic Kingdom are…

#1: On the benches next to the train station in Storybook Circus.

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There are usually few people here and sometimes there is shade. 

#2: At the tables down the side street on the right about halfway down Main Street USA.

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Again, this area usually has no crowd…

It also is much quieter than the bustling sounds from Main Street.

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#3: The kiddie play area near Splash Mountain.

This area usually has several young children playing, but it’s shaded and offers a safe space for kids to move.

#4: In a train car riding around the Magic Kingdom.

You can board in Storybook Circus, Frontierland, or Town Square.

To ride the whole route takes about 20 minutes. You can also choose to get off at any stop or ride more than once without getting off.

Also, sometimes cast members give away train stickers!

Epcot

Baby Care Center…

""In EPCOT this is located in the World Showcase in the back of the Odyssey Center.

You get there by crossing the bridge just past the Friendship Ambassador Gazebo (where you can sometimes meet characters) and right before entering Mexico.

My favorite places to take a break in Epcot are…

#1: Around the aquariums at The Seas Pavilion.

There’s so much space here, we’ve always been able to find a quieter area with less people to sit and take a break.

It’s air conditioned and pretty quiet. Plus, there’s something soothing about an aquarium.

#2: On a bench in France.

If you’re looking at the Eiffel Tower, there’s a section of rose bushes to the right and a small gazebo where Princess Aurora meets. Past that, there are a few benches…

Few people walk back this way unless Princess Aurora is meeting and it’s sometimes shaded.

#3: You can find slightly secluded spaces all over in EPCOT…

You just have to be looking away from the crowd. There are many small pathways and hidden shaded spots here.

Hollywood Studios

Baby Care Center…

""In Hollywood Studios, this is located on the left just inside the entrance, which is a pain because if you need to utilize it, you have to go all the way to the front of the park.

My favorite places to take a break in Hollywood Studios are…

Well, Hollywood Studios is currently under lots of construction (adding Toy Story Land!) and has changed tremendously in the past couple years…

Because of this, many of my favorite “chill spots” are no longer accessible.

However, I can still think of a couple of locations that would work most of the time.

#1: Near Rock’n’Roller Coaster.

This is a super popular attraction, but it has a large courtyard.

My family often sits of the ledges to take a break or wait for someone riding Tower of Terror or Rock’n’Roller Coaster…

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#2: Past Tower of Terror, on a path leading to the Fantasmic! Theater.

If it’s during the daytime, these paths will be clear and there is shade, but there are no benches.

I’m certainly not above plopping on the ground though!

Animal Kingdom

Baby Care Center…

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In Animal Kingdom this is located near Creature Comforts on Discover Island.

My favorite break spots in Animal Kingdom are…

#1: On the bridge between Expedition Everest and Finding Nemo: The Musical.

The water is calming and my family likes to watch Expedition Everest run.

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Also, there are sometimes Photopass photographers there with Magic Shots!

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#2: Any of the paths around the Tree of Life.

This area is very nature-focused, obviously…

The paths are shaded and cool. Plus, it has an earthy smell, which, in my experience, can help you feel grounded.

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#3: In Africa around the drums.

This is not a quiet experience, but beating drums can help to get out excess energy…

When we stop in this area to play, everyone always has a smile too!

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You can find more official quiet locations on pages 43-45 of Disney’s Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities. This guide is a useful tool!

Here are a few other services worth mentioning for families traveling with disabilities…

Family Restrooms…

These are available in all parks.

Service Dog Relief Areas…

Service Dogs are welcome in Disney Parks. We see them every time we go. There are a few relief areas in each park, so you don’t have to traverse to the front of the park to use them. You can find them on the park maps with a dog and handler symbol. Make sure to clean up after your dog!

Rider Switch…

This is a service that allows everyone in the party to ride without having to wait twice. It is commonly used for parties with small children who cannot ride due to height restrictions. It can also be used in the case of disabilities…

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If my husband and I both want to ride the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster when Toy Story Land opens, but my son, Nate, is too overstimulated to ride, we can still both ride with Rider Switch.

We all wait in line together and then at the ride, my husband and our other son can ride while I wait with Nate. Then, when my husband gets back, he can wait with Nate while I ride.

It’s easy and a good option for families traveling with cognitive disabilities.  

I hope you’re learning a lot about how to navigate disabilities at Walt Disney World…

If you missed the first two segments of this series, click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2 to learn about Disney’s Disability Access Service.

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