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Top 5 Spinning Attractions at Disney World

If you have a child with sensory integration disorder, you know how easily they can become overwhelmed. Activities that stimulate specific senses help them stay calm and relaxed, and provide relief from sensory overload. Not every sensory-friendly activity is appropriate for every child, or every situation. For sensory seekers who crave a spinning motion, here are my top 5 spinning attractions at Disney World: Dumbo the Flying Elephant: This ride is a classic spinning attraction. Guests sit in gondolas that fly through the air and can maneuver up and down. [box type=”info”] Tip: If the line is too long at Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Head to Adventure Land and ride Aladin’s Magic Carpet or Tomorrowland for the Astro Orbiter – they’re all the same ride with different theming! Mad Tea Party: The classic teacup ride spins in two ways at once. The entire floor spins in one direction, while riders...
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Disney and Autism Round Table – Coming Soon!

Later this week, I’ll sit down with Sal Trecanna of The Best Magic podcast and Kathy Kelly of The Many Adventures of a Disney Lovin’ Spectrum Mom. This is the third podcast in the Disney and Autism – a Match Made in Heaven series. In part two, Sal and I discussed everything from theme parks to resorts and how to make a Disney trip with someone affected by autism easier and more magical. If you missed either of the earlier podcasts, you can download them here – scroll down to the bottom. This week, Sal, Kathy and I will talk specifics about Magic Kingdom, and we’ll answer listener questions. What would you like to know about the Magic Kingdom through the lens of autism? Pin It
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Steam Trains tour at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Disney’s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour is an often overlooked experience available at Walt Disney World. This 3-hour tour starts bright and early, before the Magic Kingdom park opens. Guests have the opportunity to witness the work that goes into maintaining the four antique steam locomotives that run on the Disney railroad. The tour continues as guests join engineers on the trains for a tour of Magic Kingdom. Walt Disney’s lifelong love of trains is well-known, and some have speculated he may have had Aspergers Syndrome, before we knew what that was. Maybe that explains why so many Aspie and Autistic kids blossom at Disney’s parks. He knew, instinctively, how to create a safe, friendly, happy place. The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour goes a step beyond that and gives guests all the technical and historical details they could want. It might even satisfy my train...
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Disney and Autism – Guest Appearance on The Best Magic

I recently spoke with Sal Tracanna from The Best Magic as part of his Disney and Autism – A Match Made in Heaven series. Come join us as we discuss the challenges and the magic of bringing kids with autism to Disney World. We talked about everything from the rides to the food and how your resort choice can make a huge difference in the success of your vacation. This interview is part 2 in the series. In Part 1, Sal sat down with one of my favorite Disney bloggers, Kathy Kelly from The Many Adventures of a Disney Lovin’ Spectrum Mom. In Part 3, Kathy and I will both participate in a round table discussion. What would you like to know about visiting Disney parks with children affected by autism spectrum disorders? Leave a comment and let me know!   Pin It
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A Magic Moment on (almost) Wordless Wednesday

This is one of my most cherished moments at Disney. Most people will not pick up on the magic of this moment, and that’s ok. The miracle that happened here is that Patrick made eye contact. He’s fully, 100%, in the moment and sharing that moment with me. Yeah – there’s real magic at Disney World. I have photographic proof right here. Pin It
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