|Yum! A family birthday celebration in
Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel.
Having a child with a food allergy means a lifetime of worry for parents. As the mother of a child with a peanut allergy, I live in constant worry of what my son may be offered at a friend’s house or what may lurk in his food while we are dining out.
Tomorrow is Autism Awareness Day. I am by no means an autism expert…at all. But as a former teacher, I worked with a number of students with autism spectrum disorders. Dealing with autism at such a busy, noisy place as Disneyland must be totally overwhelming for both the parent and child. If you have a child with autism and you have been thinking about taking him or her to Disneyland, I want you to know that there the Disneyland Resort provides a number of services that make it easier to enjoy the park. In fact, in my opinion, the services that the Disneyland Resort provides all special needs guests are perhaps the most under-rated magic in the parks.
While I don’t want this to be a shameless plug for my book, I want parents to know that I do have all of this information in great detail in the special needs chapter of my book, as well as information on quiet places to take your child away from the noise, how to deal with bathroom anxiety, as well as information on attractions with extreme temperature change, loud noises, and the like. I worked with two mothers with special needs children–one a former tour guide like me and one a long-time from who takes her son with special needs to Disneyland almost every week. We put a lot of work into the special needs information and think that it will be very helpful.
By Guest Blogger, Jennifer Hiatt
Jennifer is a mom of two. One of her children, Zachary, has Down syndrome. You can be read and follow her blog at http://www.thehiattkids.blogspot.com/. I would like to thank Jennifer for putting together these amazing tips and for sharing her experiences with us!
All kids are different and special needs or not, traveling can be challenging and overwhelming. On our most recent trip my son was 5 and while he had a fantastic time there were things that I learned worked well with him. Hopefully they can be helpful to other parents.