The guest assistance card is the best thing that every happened to special needs individuals at Disney World. To obtain one, have your doctor write a note on his or her letterhead stating that your child is disabled as a result of XYZ (autism for us) and that he or she will need some extra assistance at Disney World. When you arrive at the first park go to guest assistance, right inside the gate and show your letter. They will give you a guest assistance card that is good for all of your days at all of the parks. It will be used for your party--up to 6 people. What does the pass do for you? It makes life much more bearable. When you get to a ride or to a character meet and greet, show the card to the attendant, and they will send you through the handicap accessible entrance. It translates into a more quiet experience and faster wait time for each experience. Our longest wait was 20 minutes and that was because a cast member forgot to come get us to see Tinkerbell. Not bad by any standard. Because of this, our kids actually got to ride some rides. Otherwise, they would have never been able to take the lines and the noise and the LONG waits. We would have waited the 3o-60 minutes only to have them meltdown before even getting on a ride or seeing Tink. LIFE SAVER!
The next very important thing is the stroller=wheelchair sticker. Now our kids can walk just fine, so you may wonder why we would need this sticker. A lady that I know suggested we request this pass (didn't have to, was offered) because of her personal experience. When she went to guest assistance, the cast member also offered this sticker for her to use for her autistic son. She told the cast member--"Well, I feel bad using that because he can walk. He just has Autism". The cast member gave a very compassionate and SO Disney response. She said "Your child is at a disadvantage every day. When he is at Disney World, let him have an advantage for a change". With that statement tucked away in my memory bank, we took that delightful red sticker and made great use of it!
So there you have it. 2 more (VERY BIG) reasons WE LOVE DISNEY WORLD!