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Autism and ADHD

Character Dining with Autistic Kids

Character dining is one of the most memorable activities offered at Disney resorts, but for children with autism, the experience can be stressful and overwhelming. Many autistic kids, including ours, also have sensory processing or sensory integration disorder. Simply put, they are either over- or under-sensitive to sensory input – sounds, visual stimulation, touch, even scents can be overwhelming. We attended two character dining events during our first trip to Disney World. Our first character dining experience was the safari breakfast at Tusker House in Animal Kingdom.   It was a very calm, relatively orderly affair — maybe because it was early in the morning! Everyone enjoyed the experience, although we did learn that our little Princess has a deathly fear of Goofy. Donald got a big kiss though! Our second character dining experience was completely the opposite. We went to Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort. The theme for...
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Who Says Mickey Only Hides at Disney?

I took a ride on the Magical Blogorail today and got a great idea for surprising the kids from Kristen at Cooking with Mickey – hidden Mickeys! So I’m thinking, about a month before the trip, I’m going to start leaving a little stuffed Mickey Mouse in odd places. Then the morning of the trip, he’ll be holding the tickets (unless I find a 3-foot Mickey statue!) Any great ideas for strategic Mickey placement? Pin It
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Expectations

Uh oh….I think they’re onto us!

Patrick has asked me about 14 times today “When are we going back to Disney?” He would also like me to know – just in case I was wondering – that he “likes everything about Disney, even the hotel rooms!” I was non-committal….the fact is, I don’t know for sure when we’re going back. Until I make that reservation, anything could happen. Besides, half the fun is surprising them! Anybody know where I can get a 4-foot Mickey statue? How cool would it be to sneak it into their room the night before we leave, and have Mickey holding an invitation to join him for dinner?? Pin It
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Vacation Planning

How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Need?!?

Two, at least. I’m not a big shoe person. Yeah, I know, a lot of women like them. I’d personally be happier if they didn’t exist (don’t even get me started on high heels!). I’m a confirmed barefoot kind of girl. You want at least two pairs of comfortable, nicely worn-in shoes to go to Disney World. I started the trip with my favorite sandals – the ones I’ve worn every summer for the past….five?….years. By the end of day two, I had blisters. Luckily, I had tossed a pair of flats in my suitcase for the night we would eat dinner at Tutto Italia Ristorante. They rubbed too, but at least they rubbed differently!   Pin It
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Vacation Planning

Haircuts! Don’t forget the haircuts!

I’ll admit, we don’t always get the kids’ hair cut regularly. It usually happens when one of the boys can’t see anymore and we sigh and agree, “ok, it’s #8221; It takes forever to get 3 boys’ through a barber shop! But I’m always glad we got their hair cut right before we went to Disney World last fall:   Alex petting a goat at Animal Kingdom’s petting zoo I’ve been looking at the Disney photos all year!  And if his hair was shaggy, it would bug me every time I saw this photo. So – there’s today’s insider tip: Don’t forget the haircuts. Pin It
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