Is your family or loved one’s planning a magical vacation to a beautiful destination called Disney in the near future?
If yes or maybe, I’m here to give you the run down of EVERYTHING you need to know if you have a child (or family member) with a disability and plan on visiting one of the four main Disney theme parks such as Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios.
Your family member may be eligible to receive a Disney Disability Pass.
So let’s break it down on how to receive one of these passes and what to expect should you visit one or more of these theme parks!
Disney’s Current Situation with COVID19
Currently, as I’m writing this, Disney is shut down due to the coronavirus with the hopes of reopening Disney Springs on May 20th to the public.
Before you go, click here to know what to expect about the ‘phased reopening of Disney Springs’.
The areas of Walt Disney Resorts will remain closed such as their theme parks and the Disney Resort hotels until further notice.
When the time comes for Disney to reopen, they may be limited to the number of people allowed to visit their theme parks, hotels, restaurants, and attractions. This is based on the direction of health experts and government officials to encourage social distancing.
To learn more about the status of closure and important details surrounding this topic, click here.
Ever since the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) strongly proposed everyone over the age of 2 years wear a face mask while out in public, face masks are quickly turning into the ‘hot’ new fashion trend.
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What is Disney’s Disability Pass?
Disney offers a disability pass currently referred to as the Disability Access Service (DAS) Card.
The DAS Card is designed to accommodate those with disabilities (including non-apparent disabilities such as Cancer or Arthritis) who are unable to wait in long conventional lines at Disney.
How it works is you will be issued the card at Guest Relations main entrance locations. You will be given a return time for the attractions you’d like to visit based upon the current wait time. As soon as you finish one attraction, you can receive a return time for another.
If you would like to know if you’re eligible to receive a DAS Card, it’s best to visit Guest Relations at the theme park you would like to go to.
I personally called Disney Disability Services (407) 560-2547 and spoke with a sweet woman who informed me you can not apply for a DAS Card over the phone as everything has to be done in person. The Disney rep said DAS Card’s are not offered at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.
Below, are the four Disney theme parks that offer a DAS Card.
Plus, I’ve included the official link to download a printable guide for ‘Guests with Disabilities’ based upon the theme park you’d like to go to. This guide serves as a tool on how best to experience its theme parks if you have a disability.
You can also receive a copy of this at Guest Relations.
It’s important to know that when you get issued a DAS Card at one of the four theme park locations, you will be able to use it across ALL four theme parks!
Also, if your child or family member is in a wheelchair or scooter they will NOT need a DAS Card issued. They will receive disability access automatically for the attractions.
For further questions or information you can email Disability.email@example.com or call (407) 560-2547.
How do you get a Disability Access Service (DAS) Card?
You will receive your card in person at Guest Relations which is located at the main entrance of one of the four Disney theme parks which offer this card as discussed above.
Guests will participate in a registration process and will also have their photo taken.
What to know about the DAS Card
- Up to 6 guests (including the person who’s issued the DAS Card) can be covered under one DAS Card.
- The individual with the DAS Card does not need to be present to obtain a return time for an attraction or ride (as one of their covered guests can do this) but the DAS Card holder will need to be present when boarding the attraction with his or her party.
- Where you go to receive a return time with your DAS Card to attend an attraction. Disneyland in Anaheim, California, you will go to Guest Relations kiosks located throughout the parks to receive a return time and if you go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, then you will go to the attraction to receive a return time.
- What’s awesome is you do not have to be back to the attraction at the exact time given. Return times are valid until redeemed by the cardholder.
- The card is good to use for up to 14 days.
- You do not need proof of disability, such as a doctor’s note, to obtain a DAS Card. Disney takes their guests word for it. The reason being, there are many legal restrictions around the proof of asking.
Other Services for Guests with Disabilities at Disney Theme Parks
Other than the Disability Access Service Card, there are many services Disney offers to a guest with disabilities which I’m going to discuss below.
What I’ve found is Disney absolutely goes above and beyond to take care of all their guests so they receive an exceptional experience while attending any of their Disney related attractions (theme parks, resorts, restaurants). You name it, they want to make your time with them extraordinary!
Here are some great additional services Disney offers to support all types of disabilities:
- Disney’s handheld device offers assistive listening, captioning, and audio description for those with hearing disabilities.
- Advanced ticket purchase to avoid waiting in line. You can purchase tickets for all theme parks and water parks (as well as annual passes) online or by calling (407) 939-5277.
- Stroller, wheelchair, or ECV/motorized scooter rental for one day or more. You can locate these rentals at designated shops near the theme parks main entrance. The ECV/motorized scooter is a 4 wheel vehicle that helps those travel long distances with ease.
- Stroller being used as a wheelchair go to Guest Relations located near the main entrance of the theme park to receive an appropriate identifying tag.
- Rider Switch is for parties with more than 2 guests where you can experience an attraction while the other member of your party waits with the guest who does not ride. You then ‘swap’ to make sure the other member of your party can experience the attraction without having to wait in line again.
- Break areas are available to guests (such as those who have cognitive disabilities) who are over-stimulated or who need some down time. You can download Disney’s guide for guests with cognitive disabilities by clicking here.
- Companion restrooms are available throughout the theme parks in select locations which are larger than traditional restrooms. Also, it’s important to know that Disney restrooms use automatic toilet flushing which can be loud.
- Dietary Accommodations at Disney restaurants can benefit most food allergies, specific dietary needs, and intolerances. You can make advance requests when booking a dinner reservation or by speaking to your waiter or waitress.
- Parking is available to those with disabilities, but a valid parking permit is required.
- Service animals are allowed. Disney states, “a service animal is a dog or miniature horse that is trained to do work or perform tasks for, and to assist, an individual with a disability.”
#1. Checkout Disney’s 2020 Guidebook which is a lifesaver if you plan on traveling to any of the Disney theme park attractions.
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#2. I was floored when I saw Disney offers a MagicBand Bracelet if you plan on staying at the Walt Disney World Resort. How cool is that?!
It’s very simple and easy to use. By a little touch of the bracelet you can redeem Disney FastPass+ selections, enter any theme park, unlock your hotel room door, connect Disney PhotoPass images to your account, charge food and merchandise purchases to your room, and more. Colors offered are in pink and blue.
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#3. If you love Disney movies and TV shows (such as educational shows for your kiddo), you can learn about Disney’s newest streaming service which is currently skyrocketing the TV streaming market called Disney+ by clicking here.
Did you find this post helpful? Have you experienced one of Disney’s theme parks with a child or family member that has a disability?
If yes, I’d love to hear your feedback. If not, I’d still love to hear your feedback. 🙂
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