New 2014 Walt Disney World Promotions!

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PLAY STAY & DINE OFFER

PLAY, STAY AND DINE…AND SAVE UP TO $600 AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Reserve your Play, Stay and Dine Disney package now through Dec. 31, 2013 for stays most nights Jan. 5 – March 5, 2014 at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels.

Save $600* (based on a family of four) on a 5-night, 6-day Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way® Package Plus Dining at select Disney Moderate, Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts. Or, save $400* (based on a family of four) on a 5-night, 6-day Walt Disney Travel Company Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick Service Dining at select Disney Value Resorts.

Booking Window: Oct. 8 – Dec. 31, 2013

Travel Window: For stays most nights Jan. 5 – March 5, 2014

Don’t delay! With savings this huge, rooms will fill up fast! We encourage you to book now!

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Savings based on the non-discounted price of the same package for 2 adults, 1 junior, 1 child in the same room. Tickets valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. No group rates or other discounts apply. Advance reservations required.

Offer excludes campsites and 3-bedroom villas and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort or The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Excludes alcoholic beverages and gratuities. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

ROOM ONLY OFFER:

SAVE UP TO 35% ON STAYS AT SELECT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT HOTELS

With Disney’s Winter Room Offer you can save up to 35%* at select Walt Disney World® Resort hotels.

Offer Details:

For stays most nights Jan. 5 – March 5, 2014 and March 14 – April, 12, 2014:

Save up to 35% at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s Beach Club Resort Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn & Villas, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (standard/pool view rooms), Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge (standard/woods view)

Save up to 25% at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside and Disney’s Fort Wilderness Cabins

Save up to 20% at Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music and Disney’s Pop Century Resort

Booking Window: Book Oct. 8 – Dec. 31, 2013

* The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length of stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per adult charges apply if more than two adults per room. Advance reservations required. No group rates or other discounts apply. Excludes 3-bedroom villas and campsites and is not valid at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid rooms or The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Disney Releases Guide For Guests With Cognitive Disabilities Including Autism

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This morning I came upon a new guide book Disney has released in order to help Parents and Families traveling with someone who has Autism or Cognitive Disabilities plan a trip to the Disney Parks.  I wanted to be sure to post it here as I am reading it now and it appears to include many of the bases we have covered here, as well the needs and concerns that have been covered on other blogs and via social media by many other trip planners and parents.  The resource though takes that broad information and puts the official Disney stamp on it and really is a nice resource filled with visuals that you can view with your child or family member in order to pre-teach or plan.

Some highlights I have noted already:

  • A park by park, ride by ride guide on what to expect on each attraction and it’s features.  For example Pirates of the Caribbean features a drop in the dark some flashing lights, periods of darkness, bumps, loud noises etc.  A+ Disney on this breakout, seriously.  Well done!
  • Places in WDW and DLR where you can break and find some quiet.
  • How to use the new DAS pass and integrate Disney’s FastPass+ and FastPass systems
  • A guide for interacting with Characters
  • A before you leave checklist for items like visual aids, contact bracelets, and ear wear

Update: I think the more I see of this Resource, the more I like it.  It is already on my phone, my iPad and yes in my Resources I provide Clients.  While we as parents must plan in advance of our trips, it is nice to see a company like Disney make these leaps and stretch out the proverbial branch for our children and us when I think of it, to have a leg up before we arrive.  According to the law, they need do nothing more than provide a reasonable and equal accommodation, and this goes above and beyond in many ways.  There appears to be great care given here to touring the Park with fresh eyes.  As if the person writing (thank you whomever you all are) was touring from the perspective of a new Guest who had never traveled to the Park with a child with Autism.

So while the overall feel is a point of reference style, you can see that it starts with a plan of action (IEP words!), things to do before you leave, identifying Cast Members, what to do if you become separated, a heads up on what to expect sensorially and walking a Guest through entering the Parks.  Great work!

Check out the Walt Disney World guide via this link: https://wdpromedia.disney.go.com/media/wdpro-assets/help/guest-services/cognitive-disabilities-services/wdw_cognitive_guide.pdf

And for Disneylandhttps://secure.cdn1.wdpromedia.com/media/dlr_v0200/en_US/help/Disneyland_Guide_For_Guests_With_Cognitive_Disabilities.pdf

Have anything you would like to add to Disney?  Leave a comment below!

Official From Disney Parks Regarding Updates to DAS

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Note: We received the email below as an official statement regarding changing the current Guest Assistance Card to the new DAS Card.  I wanted to get this on our blog as soon as possible so will not “get in the way” of this statement and let it stand alone for your information/

Disability Access Service Card to replace Guest Assistance Card on Oct. 9

Release – 10/03/2013

Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts are modifying the Guest Assistance Card program, which provides access to attractions for Guests with disabilities, in order to continue to serve the Guests who truly need it. The new program is designed to provide the special experience Guests have come to expect from Disney. It will also help control abuse in the current program that was, unfortunately, widespread and growing at an alarming rate.

The new Disability Access Service (DAS) Card will replace the Guest Assistance Card on Oct. 9. Guests can request a Disability Access Service Card at Guest Relations, and they will receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time.

With that said, Disney Parks has long recognized and accommodated people with different needs. Guests can visit Guest Relations to discuss their individual situation, and we will continue to provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances.

Meg Crofton, president Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, recently shared a letter of reassurance and continuing commitment to organizations representing the autism and disabled communities.

See below for additional information about the new program:

Disney Parks Disability Access Service Card

Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment and accessible experiences for guests.  Disney Parks is modifying the current Guest Assistance Card program, which provides access to attractions for guests with disabilities, so it can continue to serve the guests who truly need it. The new program is designed to provide the special experience guests have come to expect from Disney. It will also help control abuse that was, unfortunately, widespread and growing at an alarming rate.  The new Disability Access Service (DAS) Card will replace the Guest Assistance Card on Oct. 9. Guests at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort can request a Disability Access Service Card at Guest Relations. DAS Cardholders will receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time.  Disney Parks has long recognized and accommodated guests with varying needs. Guests can visit Guest Relations to discuss their individual situation, and Disney Parks will continue to provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances.

 

  • What is a Disability Access Service Card and how does it work?

The DAS Card is designed to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities). A Disability Access Service Card will be issued at Guest Relations main entrance locations and will offer guests a return time for

attractions based on the current wait time. As soon as the Guest finishes one attraction, they can receive a return time for another. This service can be used in addition to Disney’s FASTPASS Service and Disney FastPassservice.

  • What will Disney Parks do if a Guest is concerned the DAS Card doesn’t meet their needs?

Disney Parks have long recognized and accommodated guests with varying needs and will continue to work individually with guests with disabilities to provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances. Guests should visit Guest Relations to discuss their individual needs.

  • Who will be eligible for a Disability Access Service Card?

Disney Parks’ goal is to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities). Guests should visit Guest Relations to discuss their assistance needs.

  • How will guests get a Disability Access Service Card?

A Disability Access Service Card will be issued at Guest Relations main entrance locations. Guests will participate in a registration process, which also includes having their photo taken.

  • Why is Disney Parks doing this?

Disney Parks is modifying the current Guest Assistance Card program so it can continue to serve the guests who truly need it. The new program is designed to provide the special experience guests have come to expect from Disney. Disney Parks also hopes it will help control abuse that was, unfortunately, widespread and growing at an alarming rate.

  • Does the DAS Cardholder have to be present to obtain a return time at an attraction?

No. Another member of the DAS Cardholder’s travel party may obtain a return time but the DAS Cardholder must board the attraction with his or her party.

  • Where do DAS Cardholders go to receive return times?

At Disneyland Resort, guests will go to Guest Relations kiosks located throughout the parks to receive a return time. At Walt Disney World Resort, guests will go to the attraction to receive a return time.

  • Does a DAS Cardholder have to ride the attraction at the exact return time listed?

No. Return times are valid until redeemed by the DAS Cardholder.

  • How long is a DAS Card valid?

A DAS card is valid for up to 14 days depending on a guest’s ticket entitlement.

  • Is a DAS Card issued at one Disney theme park valid at other Disney theme parks?

Yes, the card will be valid throughout the resort at which it was issued.

  • Why doesn’t Disney Parks ask for proof of disability, such as a doctor’s note?

Disney Parks takes Guests at their word and there are legal restrictions around asking for proof.

  • Is this the only service available to Guests with disabilities?

Disney Parks offer a variety of services to guests with disabilities, such as Disney’s Handheld Device that offers assistive listening, captioning and audio description. Additionally, Disney Parks has developed a “Guide for Guests with Cognitive Disabilities.” This serves as a tool on how best to experience its theme parks and is expected to be available online by mid-October.  Disney Parks will continue to provide excellent guest service and accessible experiences. Guests should visit Guest Relations at any park should they feel they need assistance due to a disability.

  • Does a Guest whose disability is based on the necessity to use a wheelchair or scooter need a DAS Card?

No, a Guest whose disability is based on the necessity to use a wheelchair or scooter does not need a DAS Card. Depending on the attraction, the Guest will either wait in the standard queue or receive a return time at the attraction based on the current wait time. For some attractions at Disneyland Resort, these guests will go directly to an alternate entrance. Guests with additional needs should discuss them with Guest Relations.

  • Will Disney Parks continue to provide a service to wish-granting organizations?

The change will not affect those who are visiting on trips organized by wish granting organizations.  There is a separate program for children with life-threatening illnesses.

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Commitment to Guests with Disabilities

Disney Parks has long been at the forefront of making its parks accessible to guests and has received the following awards:

  • 2012 United Kingdom Autism Foundation – Gold Autism Award
  • 2011 Center for Independent Living in Los Angeles
  • 2011 Access Award from the American Foundation for the Blind
  • 2010 NSPE New Product Award Mega Company Category
  • 2009 Honors Award “Corporate” – The Invisible Disabilities Advocate
  • 2008 Hong Kong Government Caring Environment Award – Hong Kong Disneyland
  • 2008 Accessibility Award – National Association of the Deaf
  • 2007 Disability Matters Award: Work Life
  • 2007 Media Access Association’s Outstanding Achievement Award – Walt Disney World “Signs” Commercial
  • 2004 The New Ability Award – Best Product or Technology
As well the following examples of adapted experiences were mentioned in the initial email:
For a Guest whose disability enables them to be in the park for only a limited time, the Guest might be offered an accommodation that enables them to use the DAS Card in conjunction with access to a number of attractions without having to obtain a return time.

Another potential accommodation, based on a Guest’s unique needs, might include providing access to a favorite attraction multiple times in a row without having to obtain a return time.