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Trip Planning with Autism, Low Vision & Sun Sensitivity – 034

Trip Planning with Autism, Low Vision & Sun Sensitivity – 034

It's a Listener Tea Party!

It’s a Listener Tea Party!

Two listeners join Kathy to discuss their upcoming trips to Walt Disney World with special-needs children.

Topics Discussed:

  • Autism
  • Ocular Albinism and low vision
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Taking kids out of school for vacation
  • GAC accommodations vs. DAS accommodations
  • Fast Pass Plus: on property guests vs. off property guests
  • Crowd calendars for planning
  • Strategies for Anna and Elsa Meet and Greet

Mentioned in today’s show:  Rit Sun Guard Protectant Laundry Treatment, available at Amazon dot com.

Connect with Amanda Bean and Nora Fitzpatrick on Facebook.

Tip of the Week: Preventing blisters while on your Disney vacation.

Did you know? The average vacationer walks somewhere between 6 and 13 miles per day at the Walt Disney World Resort? The rubbing motion between your foot and your shoe creates friction. This makes the skin on your feet prone to blisters. Reduce the friction and you reduce the chance of having blisters. One of the many ways to reduce friction is by lubricating your feet so they slide rather than rub.

There are many products (Body Glide, Sports Slick, Sport Shield) that can be found at running stores and go on like a stick of deodorant.  Band-aid makes a Friction Block Stick that you can buy at your local supermarket or pharmacy.

Apply these products on the heels, the sides of the feet, between toes, and anywhere your shoes normally rub. And if you plan to be in the parks all day, it is a good idea to re-apply sometime during the afternoon or whenever you feel your skin start to rub. Painful blisters can ruin your day and possibly your vacation, so be sure to make every effort to prevent them!

Thanks for listening and remember, the magic is for everyone!

~ Kathy

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Disability Access Service Card: A Round Table Discussion

In this Listener Tea Party episode, a panel of Disney Parks guests with special needs discuss how they anticipate the new Disability Access Service program will affect their park experiences and how they plan to adapt.

My Tea Party Guests:

Tracy Brooks –  Facebook , Twitter

Debi Dame –  Orlando Informer

Maureen Deal –  Autism at the Parks , Orlando InformerFacebook , Twitter

Stu Haasis Facebook , Twitter

Amy Hughes WDW Dreamin’ , Facebook , Twitter

Gordon LaGrow Cruise Directions , Facebook , Twitter 

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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GAC to be Replaced with DAS Card; WDW Trip Report with Asperger’s, Anxiety and Food Allergies

Disney confirms that the Guest Assistance Card will be replaced by the Disability Access Service Card on Oct. 9 “to create a more consistent experience for all our Guests while providing accommodations for Guests with disabilities.”  Then, Julie Westberg shares a Special WDW Trip Report with four kids, Asperger’s, Anxiety and Food Allergies.

Connect with Julie at Julie’s Mickey Memories and More where she blogs about crafting and scrapbooking.

You can read more about her family’s Disney experience HERE.

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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007 Autism At The Parks and Keeping Kosher at Walt Disney World

Maureen Deal joins Kathy to talk about her website, Autism at the Parks and Cheryl Perlmutter from the Disney Film Project discusses strategies for Keeping Kosher when visiting Walt Disney World.

Maureen Deal is a frequent contributor to Orlando Informer. Her site,  AutismAtTheParks “…is designed to provide information about vacationing in Orlando, Florida at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort or SeaWorld for those families that may have a family member with a developmental disability.”

Connect with Maureen @AutismAtThePark on Twitter and on Facebook at Autism At The Parks.

Cheryl Perlmutter writes for On the Go in MCO, a website that “uncovers all the gems that the Theme Parks & Attractions of Orlando and Central Florida have to offer.” She also produces the Disney Film Project podcast, “the show that creates magic for one and all, by all of us talking about your favorite Disney films, and some of your not-so-favorite films.”


Connect with Cheryl @cherylp3 on Twitter and on Facebook at Disney Film Project.

Mentioned in this episode:

Kosher for the Clueless but Curious: A Fun, Fact-Filled, and Spiritual Guide to All Things Kosher

Kosher Restaurants in the Orlando Area

Pesach Villas Program in the Orlando Area

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Episode 003: Disneyland Accessibility/Gluten-Free Trip Report


On this episode of Special Mouse I begin by answering a listener question regarding Autism and The Guest Assistance Card.


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My Feature Interview is with Stuart Haasis, author of the soon-to-be-released book, “A Disabled Person’s Guide to Disneyland.”



You can read an excerpt from his book HERE. Connect with Stu on Twitter @DisneyAccess and on Facebook at Stu Haasis.


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Melissa Knight from Disney On Wheels returns with a wheelchair accessibility tip for the Merida Meet ‘n Greet at the Magic Kingdom!



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For our Special Trip Report we’re going Gluten-Free with Karen Stoj, who was diagnosed with Celiac Disease only a few days before her trip to Walt Disney World!


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The Special Mouse Podcast and Disney On Wheels are having a Meet ‘n Greet at WALT DISNEY WORLD on Saturday, Sept. 29th, 3:30-5:00pm at Disney’s BEACH CLUB Resort. If you’re going to be in WDW celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Epcot, please stop in and say “Hello!”


For more information, go HERE.

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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