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Disneyland Trip Report with Aspergers and ADHD


Michelle Young from Disney Dream Girls and her son Ciaran join Kathy for a chat about managing Aspergers and ADHD on their recent Disneyland / DCA vacation. 

We get a lot of Walt Disney World trip reports here on Special Mouse and while I love Walt Disney World, I’m always excited when we can branch out and give you listeners’ experiences at other Disney Parks. Michelle Young and her 14 year-old son, Ciaran, join me via Skype from Yorkshire, England. I want to thank Ciaran for being so open when sharing about his particular vacation challenges related to Aspergers and ADHD.

The pair had a jolly holiday that included Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Knott’s Berry Farm, lunch at Walt Disney’s favorite restaurant, The Tam O’ Shanter, and more! Included in our discussion is their experience using the Disability Access Service Card (DAS) at Disneyland and DCA and how the system varies slightly from that at Walt Disney World. And because Michelle’s son is a teenager, this TR contains a lot of dining reporting!

Connect with Michelle via the Disney Dream Girls Podcast and on Twitter and Facebook!


 Tip of the Week: 

This question comes from Allison.

Allison asks: “Where are some good locations to charge ECVs and electric wheelchairs in the parks?”

I would think that parking your ECV near an outlet while you are at a meal or show would be the most convenient option, but since I personally don’t use an ECV, I posed the question to our Facebook group and we got some useful tips which I will pass along to you now:

Bruce says, “Almost all sit down restaurants know where to tell you to plug in. Same with first aid areas.” “In the Poly, second floor, by `Ohana, next to the men’s room, there is a convenient outlet. Retaurants like Le Cellier and Cape May, I plugged my scooter right by the check-in podium, at their invitation. At Trails End, they have outlets near the golf cart rentals, I’ve plugged in there. The Grand Concourse at the Contemporary has outlets.”

He believes that “Ride times are too short to have a decent charge on a scooter. Same with counter service meals. Only decent time is when you are sitting down for a meal.”

Dede says, “When I ate at prime time, in Hollywood Studios, there is a plug a little ways from the outside door on the left. They told me to use that. I tried using a plug next to my table but they wouldn’t let me because of fire laws.”

(Yes, it’s very important to remember that ECVs and wheelchairs are not permitted to block certain exit pathways in public areas.)

Sharon says, “A good rule of thumb is, anywhere there’s carpet, there needs to be an outlet to plug the vacuum cleaner in!”

Rae says, “The Tangled “Rest Area” in Magic Kingdom has stumps with standard 3-prong outlets plus USB outlets hidden behind a little door. You will see people using the outlets. It’s a nice place to hang out. You can get lunch from Columbia Harbour House and eat at one of the tables.”

(This is a lovely spot, Rae. The area is extremely popular at mealtime, so if you plan to eat here my advice is to arrive well ahead of mealtime and claim your spot early!)

And last, in the “ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” category, Tracy adds, “My boyfriend uses his own power wheelchair, I have been to Walt Disney World with him 12 times. He has never had to charge his chair during the day. He does a full charge each night and is good to go.”

Thanks, Group!

And for more information about ECVs at the parks, check out Podcast Episode 11, “FAQs for Scooter Newbies.”


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Thanks for listening!


~ Kathy


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Disney Frankness on Touring Walt Disney World with an ECV and Oxygen Therapy 048


Frank Rogers, host of the Disney-themed vidcast “Mr. Frank’s Wild Ride,” discusses theme park touring with multiple disabilities. Some of the topics that came up during our chat are:

  • Using an Electronic Conveyance Vehicle (ECV) in the theme parks
  • Using portable oxygen in the theme parks
  • Disney’s accommodation of guests with disabilities
  • The importance of a positive outlook and a good support system for people with disabilities


Frank and his co-hosts deliver a healthy dose of “Disney Talk, Mayhem, and Mirth” on Mr. Frank’s Wild Ride, a podcast and vidcast. Check it out! Connect with him on Twitter @DisneyFrankness.

Frank asks that you kindly visit Thank You Walt Disney to learn more about the efforts that are being made toward the historical restoration of Laugh-O-Gram, Walt Disney’s first animation studio located in Kansas City, MO.


Tip of the Week: This week’s tip(s) come from members of the Special Mouse Community Group on Facebook.

From Sam Tubbs: “Whilst we are all talking DAS, as a parent of two HF (High-functioning Autism) kids, I would just like to say “All hail Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom!”
This was our God send. In fact-it even took over from wanting to ride!  It certainly kept us busy in areas whilst waiting for FP+ or DAS times to come up.”

From Sue Mickelson: “Here’s another one your kids might like: A Pirate’s Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas – an interactive game in Adventureland. We have not played it, but I have seen other people doing it and it looks like it might be fun.”

From Jeanette Lynne: “Wilderness Explorers at Animal Kingdom kept my kids very excited (even for my 13 year old.)”

The takeaway here is that it’s not only about “the rides!” Many children thoroughly enjoy playing these interactive games; particularly detail-oriented kids who find audio-visual elements of the games highly engaging.

The best thing? Participation is included in theme park admission.


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~ Kathy

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FAQs for Scooter Newbies and a Visit From the Big Fat Panda – 011


Everything you need to know about renting an Electronic Convenience Vehicle, or “scooter”, at Walt Disney World — a conversation with JoEllen Andrew from Scooter Vacations. Then, a lively chat with John Saccheri from We discuss John’s youtube videos of Disney attractions, shot in “Pandavision” and how they are so engaging for children on the Autism Spectrum. We also talk about the Big Fat Panda Show, family memories, Give Kids the World, Disney Infinity…. let’s just say we talked and talked. And my son, Billy, makes a cameo appearance!

Scooter Vacations  delivers your scooter to your preferred location—whether that’s your hotel, arriving airline terminal, timeshare or private residence—ready for your vacation use and picks up the scooter upon your departure. Generous commissions for Travel Agents. Visit them on Facebook at Disney World Scooter Rentals.

Please visit John Saccheri’s You Tube channel Big Fat Panda and connect with him on Twitter @DisneyWorlds  and on Facebook at Bigfatpanda Disneyworlds

For information about fun volunteer activities at Give Kids the World Village, visit GKTW.

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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