Traveling to Disney with a Disability

Life before the Disney Disabilities Pass

We had been planning a trip to Disney World for months for my daughter’s birthday.  Nothing could have prepared me for our first day in the park.  My daughter was having difficulty handling large crowds, and managing the heat.  She struggled waiting in lines and every opportunity she had she would fall asleep.

I mean seriously….who falls asleep at Disney world?

Laughter filled the air, the smell of popcorn filled our nose, the excitement of being in the Happiest Place on Earth lingered all around us and my beautiful daughter was in tears.  Real tears.  Tears that burned her sun kissed face.  We tried everything in our power to “make her happy” and we were unsuccessful.  The only thing that was going to change this trip was a nap.

Disney’s Disability Pass

After posting about our trip on social media and writing the most honest post I could, I was told about the Disney Disabilities Pass.  I can not express how much this pass changed our vacation.  We went to an office at the entrance of the park and requested a disabilities pass.  The staff was overly gracious.  We explained the symptoms was exhibiting the day before.  I told them how she was having panic attacks, was freaking out in lines and having complete meltdowns.  We had an option of getting her a wheel chair.  I decided that for the first day with the pass we would test out having her just use the pass to avoid the lines.  The wheel chair option would also be something we could fall back on.

From the Disney Website

The DAS Card is designed to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities). DAS will be issued at Guest Relations main entrance locations and will offer guests a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. As soon as the Guest finishes one attraction, they can receive a return time for another. This service can be used in addition to Disney’s FASTPASS Service and Disney FastPass+ service.





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