The Magic Kingdom Disney World Autism Friendly
Depending on the source of the data it is estimated that one in 68 to one in 110 children are in the autistic spectrum. It may be impossible to pin down the actual number, but what is certain is that many children and many families are affected by this cognitive disorder. Disney World has taken notice of these statistics and has taken the initiative to make the theme park a better place for kids with cognitive disorders.Disney World autism friendly has made the magic kingdom accessible to this population of kids.
Walt Disney World, WDW, has a guide book that you can download from their website to prepare you and your child for his or her visit to the magic kingdom. It is apparent that Disney has given considerable time and money to research methods that can help these kids adapt to the Disney environment. Sensory perception can cause problems when there are sudden loud noises, big crowds or bright lights with quick movement. The guide offers suggestions on how parents can prepare their children.
The first advice Walt Disney World, WDW, offers is to prepare the child days in advance for what they are about to experience. WDW has a video specially designed for kids with ASD and other cognitive disorders that the kids can watch on their iPads over and over again. Some children with ASD do not have language. This does not mean that they cannot comprehend what they hear and see. By watching the video repeatedly, experiences that might be new and upsetting to them can become familiar. This sets the stage for enabling the kids to enjoy their trip.
Often a restricted diet is religiously followed and enforced by the parents. WDW has allowed for this provision and most requests can be accommodated by speaking to the manager at the theme park restaurant. The Park also invites parents to call ahead and speak with the chef or manager and explain the dietary needs. To be sure the kids do not get hungry during their visit, the Park allows parents and guardians to bring in foods to meet the needs of the child.
A mother of an autistic child expressed her pleasure at everything Disney has done to allow her child to have this bit of magic in his life. She noted that the structure of the trip was very helpful, and that the boy much preferred this to a previous vacation where the plan was to hang around the beach and the pool and do nothing
Children with ASD prefer a familiar environment with structure. They like to know what to expect. Talk to your son or daughter about the plans for the day. Explain that first you will visit Adventure Land, then Fantasy Land, next lunch then it will be nap time at the hotel. Talking to them about the plans for the day lets them know what to expect.
Kids and adults with disabilities are given special access to rides to minimize the wait time. If waiting in necessary, the park has strollers and wheel chairs that the kids can use. The confined area makes them feel more secure.
The first thing to do is to download the guide and read it thoroughly. Then get the video and begin preparing the child. Do your homework and plan a carefully thought out itinerary and talk about it with your child. Then get ready for a memorable trip that will be a pleasure for the entire family. All kids, including kids with ASD, deserve to have magic in their lives.
Author bio – I am Jason Stevens, and the guest author of this post. Children can now take part in Disney World autism friendly holidays by finding out more about them online.