Tips For Experiencing Disney World With Your Special Needs Child

I just got back from Disney World thanks to the Social Media Moms Celebration! We had even more fun than last year’s Celebration and I didn’t think that was possible!

One of my best tips is to get an ID tag made. Almost every gift shop has a machine that will create these invaluable tags. I picked the one at the Star Tours ride since it was a family favorite (and we are a bit of a Star Wars Geeky family). For only $11 I made a luggage tag with my son’s name and information and my name and cell phone number. It cam with a leather strap that we then used to attach it to his belt loop. Made my heart rest at ease a bit knowing that if he got separated from us, there was a way to let people know how to get him back to us even with Brady being non-verbal.


Have you gone to Disney with your special needs child? Have any tips to share? I’d love to hear about them!



disclosure: I got to tour the facility as part of the Disney Social Media Moms conference. I paid to attend this conference but was given huge discounts on things like our stay and park tickets. This was a trip of a lifetime and I appreciate all the work that went into this conference.


Fueled by coffee and wine. Wife to a doc, mom to three boys (one with Autism), a puppy and a tortoise. I knit, I get crafty, I tweet.

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  1. Paula Schuck says

    Emily: this is a good tip. We live with a runner and keeping her safe is important. We have done Disney twice now and the first time we brought our own stroller which we used a lot because Ainsley also has SPD and needs to just cocci on sometimes in a quiet dark space. When she needed to shut off she would go into the giant jogging stroller and cover her eyes and herself with blankets. We used ours a very long time because she needed it even when she was six. It helped her so I did not care about prying eyes of other people. Now Disney has the bed setup
    With the signs that state : this stroller is a wheelchair. Love that.

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