Going to Disneyland with 2 SID boys

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Going to Disneyland with 2 SID boys
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Mon, 11-15-2004 - 11:38pm
I'm actually super excited, but I just thought it might be a good idea to see if any of you have any BTDT advice for how to keep the day as laid back as possible? We will get at least my 3 year old a special guest card where he can avoid some of the crowds by going in the handicapped entrance (not really skipping the line, but just staying out of the way of lots of people) and we'll be quickly locating the children's room and the quiet room by the City Hall in case we need to time to calm down from over stimulation.

Any other ideas? What have you done if you've gone either to Disneyland or to other theme-type parks?

Thanks ladies!

Rachel

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Registered: 10-23-2003
Tue, 11-16-2004 - 9:41am

Hi their I am not sure what ages your little ones are? We went to Disneyland 2 summers ago with our then 5 year old and 8 year old sons. They loved it and David did so much better then thought he would.If they are younger then that I would bring I wagon if possible or maybe rent one. My then 5 year old was able to keep up with us both days we were at Disneyland.


If yours do become stressed out just take a break. Also Disneyland has a free speed pass system. You walk up get a paper ticket and come back at the time and you can walk through the exit. Its really cool. Davids most favorite ride was the Alice in Wonderland ride he rode it so many times.


What hotel are you staying at? If they are really having a hard time you could go back to the hotel for a break rest and then go back.I think 3 days is a good span we did just 2 days and their was stuff we missed. The best thing is to try to relax and enjoy the more stressed you are they will be as well. Good luck.

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Tue, 11-16-2004 - 3:26pm

Dawn,

My boys are 5 years and 3 years and plus our 15 month ol daughter. I think we'll be ok, but I am a little nervous about my 3 year old. He gets overstimulated easily. The Disneyland gal I called said we could get a Special Assistance Card since he is diagnosed with autism and it would allow him to enter the rides from the exit or the handicapped entrance and avoid being in the noisy, close crowds. Not so much to "skip ahead" in line, but just to avoid so much stimulation. (I thought that was so nice of them!)

We will be bringing a double stroller and hook our little umbrella stroller on the back so that they all can get a ride, if they need one. We'll also be bringing Grandma with us, so it will be one adult per kid, which we are happy about.

We aren't staying at a hotel. Dh's mom actually lives lilke 15 miles away, so we'll just be staying with her. So, leaving isn't really a big option. But I did check with Disneyland and I guess they have a few special rooms for kids and for calming. So that sounds nice.

I'm just sort of nervous. We didn't know we'd have time off until very recently, so we're trying to plan this vacation in like a few days, so I'm a little nervous. But we have't seen dh's mom or sisters in a long time and haven't been down to California (where dh grew up) in over 2 years (and the last 4 times we went it was to help with weddings! So not really a *vacation*!), so we really need this as a family. But I am just looking for any hints and tips and ideas anyone has! Thanks so much Dawn!

Rachel

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Tue, 11-16-2004 - 3:33pm
Rachel, how does your ds do with movement etc? My dd craves it so disney was the IDEAL place for us to go! She does get overstimed by people etc, but the movement really calmed and focused her. We were just in disney world for 5 days. She did fantastic the 2 days we went to the magic kingdom and not as good at the other parks, so I know it was the movement rides. She is a sensory seeker though, so she also loved the 3D movies, etc. You might want to avoid those. Good luck, and I hope it works out great for you!
Michele
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Tue, 11-16-2004 - 6:06pm

Good points Michele. I hadn't even considered the 3D movies. McKay (and Michael too) really like movement a lot. McKay's best place in the world is his swing. So, he probably would like the movement rides, at least he gentle ones. I think we'll start on the smaller rides, like It's A Small World, and work up. Lol, who knows? Maybe when we get back I'll be telling you all about how he went on Thunder Mountian and Space Mountian and the Matterhorn 25 times. ;) Good point. SO far I was just considering the noise and the crowds and the bright colors and stuff. Duh on me! Should of thought about how he's like the rides! But he loves the carwash, and that's kind of like Fantasyland! ;)

Rachel

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Tue, 11-16-2004 - 8:43pm

Bring some familiar things with you to make the trasition into the hotel easier.

               

 

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Registered: 09-30-2004
Tue, 11-16-2004 - 9:03pm

Hey Rachel,


No solid advice here but have you checked out some of the Disney boards?


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