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Disney Makes the Theme Parks Manageable for Parents of Kids with ADHD: How to skip the lines

Every time I go to Disneyland, Disney World, or on a Disney Cruise, I say many times, “Disney thinks of everything.” And it’s true. I think nothing phases the company because they have thoroughly researched every possibility.

For Instance: Did you know that if you have a child with ADHD or other cognitive disabilities that the family can skip the line? Well, not skip the line, but have your spot held in line. It’s very easy to do and one I recommend to every family that has a child with ADHD.

Lines are hard for kids with ADHD. If waiting in the supermarket line can be difficult, try waiting in a line for an hour to go on a ride. There are loud noises, the anticipation of the ride, and so many things that either grab your attention or overwhelm you. On a bad day, the experience can be miserable for the child, the parents, and everyone around. Thankfully, Disney has parents covered.

Here’s how it works:

After entering the park, parents take their families to City Hall, where the Disability Access Service is located. The child’s pass is scanned along with those that are with them. Now, the child is registered and a cast member links the names of the family members with the child. For Disney World, the child can go to any ride and scan their pass. The cast member will then let the family know when they can come back and use the FastPass lane. At Disneyland, a kiosk is used. For instance: If you go to the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster at Walt Disney World and scan in and are told to return in 45 minutes, you can show up at that ride after those 45 minutes are up. The family can skip the line and cruise right through in the FastPass lane.

Disney keeps the entire process simple. Disney also assists with other food options for most dietary restrictions and provides locations throughout the parks to give those with sensory overload a much-needed break.

Walt Disney World truly is the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Here are other guides that might be helpful:
Read Disney’s guide for families with a child that has a cognitive disability. 
Learn about Disney’s dietary accommodations here. 
Read more about Disney’s Disability Access Services here.

You should also read these Disney related stories:
Visiting Walt Disney World during Covid
Taking a Dog to Disney World
Midnight Basketball on Board a Disney Cruise with My Kids
The Time of Our Lives on Board the Disney Magid: Cruise Review
7 Tips For Making the Most Out of a Trip to Disneyland


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