Me again....Disney World Question

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Me again....Disney World Question
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Wed, 10-13-2010 - 3:57pm

Hi everyone!

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Mon, 10-18-2010 - 7:58am

My Aspergers daughter never liked amusement parks and never rode the kiddie rides. We took her when she was about 9 years old. We had to shorten our day in the park to get her back home to the hotel so she could decompress. I dont think there is a way to desensitize. This is who they are.

Now she is 15 and we just got back from a Disney trip. We stayed in a condo complex with 3 bedrooms and internet so she could be comfortable while we went to the park. Really is wasnt any more expensive than a regular hotel room. She had a fridge with food and drink there and her laptop and movies. Plus it was gated and safe. Then I came home early from the amusement park while her sisters stayed late. Its a lot easier when they are older like mine so they can do thier own thing.

For your situation I would just say plan to break the day up with time for her to chill out at the hotel or your parents house. Or shorten the day for her. Dont force her to do rides and get help from family or friends who can either take her home or take her someplace quite and less crowded for a break. Oct is a good month for Disney with during the week being the best day to go as its less crowded. Epcot is a good choice since its a bit less noisy and with hustle and bustle. My daughter enjoyed Epcot but chose not to go to Universal. We went to Islands of adventure without her and was glad we did. The new Harry Potter park was crowded and it was hot that day. She would have been miserable.

My experinces is you have to adjust to accomodate them. I have no problem with leaving an amusement park early and going back to a hotel with a pool to just chill out.

Laurie

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Fri, 10-15-2010 - 4:33pm
We were there with DD at age 4. Her big thing was meeting the characters and watching the parades (albeit from a slight distance) we did very few rides, just did the shows (the lion king one at animal kingdom is definitely sensory overload), but the Pocohontas one has lots of animals running on stage and is pretty low key. Just take her cues and you'll be fine... there is a Winnie the Pooh playground in MK that DD loved and although the lines r long, there is lots to see in them. If you get her an autograph book to have the characters sign, she will probably be fascinated by looking at that in the lines.. sunglasses, sunscreen, water and snacks are a definite and so is the stroller. even if she is a good walker, they just can't take the crowds and busy streets, so the stroller gives them some reprieve. if you have the extra cash, rent one there - one less thing to lug... enjoy!! Nikole
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Thu, 10-14-2010 - 4:56pm

The first time we went was for DS's 2nd birthday.

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Thu, 10-14-2010 - 10:17am

Tara,

Disney is great!