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We have one son with sensory processing disorder and anxiety; and another son with sensory processing disorder and autism. Is there a pass or something available that can help us stay out of really long lines? What does the GAC do for disabled children?
- Asked by Brian on 1/30/2013
The Guest Assistance Card (GAC) assists Guests with a wide variety of special needs that may otherwise prevent them from enjoying attractions and entertainment at Walt Disney World
. The GAC is typically utilized by guests with disabilities that are not immediately apparent (such as the autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders you mentioned your children have) and is distributed according to the Guest’s specific needs. To obtain a GAC, visit Guest Relations upon entering the theme park.
The GAC informs Cast Members about what type of special assistance your sons require. It allows them and up to five other members of your party to access alternate waiting areas or queues when available. For example, this can mean using an auxiliary entrance if they’re unable to wait in the queue, waiting in a shaded area if the queue is very sunny, or sitting up front at shows in the case of a visual impairment. Keep in mind that you may still wait for attractions, but you’ll wait in a location more conducive to your sons’ needs.
You might find the Guests with Disabilities
portion of the Walt Disney World website helpful. I also suggest researching the attractions in advance so you’ll know which contain elements that might aggravate your children’s anxiety, such as darkness, loud noises, certain kinds of motion, etc. Please let me know if you have questions about specific attractions—I’d be happy to help you plan so you can all have the most enjoyable experience possible on your pixie-dusted vacation!
Wishing you magic,