Hey everyone! So I'm planning on taking my 3 year old highly sensitive and mildly autistic kid to Disney for his birthday. Brave or crazy-we will find out-seeing how any trip with crowds (fair, carnival, wet n wild, grocery store) always turns into a huge melt down! Does anyone have any tips or suggestions to help the trip be a success!? I would LOVE to hear! Thank you all! Have a great night!!
Go to town hall & get a special pass, kind of like fast pass. This is so helpful since my boy can't stay in line that long or get very agitated. All of us actually enjoyed this trip. Hope that'll help.
What worked really well for us was to have a hotel room close by where we went after after a couple of hours to take a break. Then we could go back again. We bought tix for two days so we could spread out the trip, slow down the experience for all of us, and allow more time for breaks. That gets expensive to pay for two days but for the first time, might be worth it.
I wish you good luck with this one. Is there a smaller place you could go to or a calmer place? Not sure there is a quick fix . Is your child taking any anti anxiety MEDS? It seems like you already know what would happen. Is he getting any behavior modification therapy? Did you consider waiting till he is older? Please. I don't mean to sound so negative but you yourself said how he is in crowds carnivals etc. Do you have to travel far to get to Disney?
But then again You won't know unless you try and I am not trying to discourage you. It's always good for parents and the kids. You know your son well and want him to have fun. And maybe some of the rides will help his sensitivity and make him feel better. He may just surprise you and really love it! So I guess Without meAning to. I have not been of much help! Unless he has any dietary issues. Let him enjoy ice cream or frozen yogurt. Lots of cold water on hand ABD hopefully you will all enjoy his birthday. Now you know why I am not an Advice Columnist. !!!
Went to Tokyo Disney and was a let down. Our kids 5 and 7 were bored and tired after 2 hours. They rode one ride after waiting 45 minutes. Never been to a Disney park before and didn't think it was worth it. I do think jet lag was a big problem but our kids never talk about their Disney experience so it didn't have much impact. The funny thing is there are very little kids at Tokyo Disney and mostly teens to people in their 20s or 30s.
Thank you both! Yes those sound like good ideas. I guess I will see how he does on the trip and make a call that day. Tickets won't be too expensive (local discount and splitting price) we are staying With friends so they can help calm him down some too.