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Top 5 Dark Rides at Disney World

Sometimes we all need a break. For kids – and adults! – with sensory integration disorder, theme parks can be overwhelming. On Monday, I discussed my top 5 spinning rides for sensory seekers. Today I’m going in the other direction and giving you my top 5 dark rides for sensory breaks at Disney World. These are perfect when your child is overwhelmed and needs a sensory break from all the colors, movement, and visual stimulus of the parks. Pirates of the Caribbean: Guests float slowly through several scenes of pirate life. This is the attraction that inspired the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, which in turn has influenced the ride. Look carefully and you’ll find Captain Jack Sparrow! There are a few small drops, but overall this is a tame ride. The gentle swaying of the boats on the water is soothing for the child in sensory overload....
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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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Time to Slow Down on Tiggerific Tuesday

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Sensory Integration Disorder at Art of Animation Resort

Disney’s newest value resort, the Art of Animation, showcases four classic Disney animated films: Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid. I’ve mentioned before that I’ve shied away from the value resorts because the colors and decor are too intense. Too much sensory overload, especially for guests with sensory integration disorder. Sensory integration disorder (also sometimes called sensory processing disorder) affects a large proportion of people on the autism spectrum, although it can also affect individuals who are not on the spectrum. Normally, your brain has the ability to filter out unimportant information. For example, if you’re reading a good book, your ears take in the sounds of passing traffic, birds singing, and the neighbor’s dog barking. But your brain disregards those sounds as unimportant, so you don’t really hearthem. They don’t filter into your conscious awareness. A person with sensory integration disorder doesn’t have this ability....
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Guest Assistance Card – Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Taking kids with autism and sensory processing disorders anywhere can be a challenge. We were concerned before our trip that our boys’ special needs would make the entire experience a nightmare. They don’t deal well with changes in routine, extreme heat, or crowds – all definite challenges at Disney World! I did my research, and learned about the Guest Assistance Card, which is available to guests with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders. The card allows you to bypass the lines, wait in a separate area if needed to avoid the crowds, and get any other assistance you need in order to make the experience magical. To get the Guest Assistance Card, stop by the Guest Services office at the first theme park you visit. The card is good at all the parks for the duration of your stay. According to my research, a letter from the kids’ doctor or therapist...
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