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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.”


Don’t forget to drop me an email at so you can add your sound bite to our upcoming Thanksgiving episode!

Thanks for listening!


~ Kathy


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“Never Give Up!” Sarah Kate’s Triumph at the Disney Kids One Mile Run – 037

“Never Give Up!” Sarah Kate’s Triumph at the Disney Kids One Mile Run – 037

Kathy talks with Sarah Kate, a spunky eleven year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy. Sarah Kate’s refusal to quit inspired a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line of the Kids One Mile Run during the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon Weekend this past February, 2014. If this story of guts and determination doesn’t give you goose bumps, then nothing will!

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Here is the Blog Post about Sarah Kate’s One Mile Run at Bringing the Sunshine, where her mom, Andi Sligh,  blogs about “Life with a Double Dose of Special (Needs)” Sarah Kate was born with Cerebral Palsy and her brother, Nathan, with Down Syndrome. While you are there, download her FREE e-book for parents of special-needs children, There’s Sunshine Behind the Clouds.

Here is the link to Bringing the Sunshine on Facebook.

If you require accommodation at a runDisney event, The runDisney team can be reached by emailing or calling 407-938-3398. Please do so at least 90 days prior to your event!

EDITED, 6/20/14:  Here is the article and video by runDisney we mentioned during the show!

“I’m a Runner, I’m a Champion” — I runDisney!



Tip of the Week:

Boat Service is available in several locations throughout the Magic Kingdom area of the Walt Disney World Resort. Accessibility varies according to location. The Magic Kingdom ferry transports passengers between the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Smaller boats connect the Magic Kingdom Area resorts (Fort Wilderness, Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, Wilderness Lodge/Villas, Grand Floridian/Villas, and The Polynesian.) Wheelchairs and strollers must be folded up and carried on board and no ECVs are allowed. It’s important to know that you may need to step either up or down into the boat depending on water levels.

ECVs can be accommodated on the motor cruisers that run from the Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge/Villas unless water levels are too low. In this case, signs will be posted on the docks.

Alternative transportation is available via bus or monorail, depending upon resort.


To all my listeners who sent me messages of support and encouragement during my son’s recent hospitalization, you have my deepest thanks and appreciation. I am so very grateful to have such abundant love and friendship in my life!

Thanks for listening,


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Special Mouse Listener Questions

Kathy answers listener questions: Using an ECV at  Epcot’s Candlelight Processional, Quick-Service Dining with Lactose Intolerance, Accessible Taxi Service at Walt Disney World, Park Touring Tips for Third Trimester Pregnancy and more!

Links Mentioned in the Show:

Transtar Transportation Group (accessible taxi service)

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