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Unread 16 Sep 18, 03:33 PM  
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OH and I are old hands at DLP, but this year my family are travelling with us which has thrown up some things weve not had to consider when there in the past. Dad is in a wheelchair, whether or not he can transfer will depend what sort of day hes having and were prepared for that.

For my niece and nephew its a surprise, they dont know were going (yet) but my nephew has ADHD and lots of ASD traits. With that in mind, does anyone whos travelled with children with additional need have any tips or tricks? Ill pack ear defenders but he can get anxious especially if hes got to queue for a while or its busy.
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Check out the Special Needs section in the Dibb forum. It mostly deals with WDW but a lot of the tips are general and very helpful.
Children with hidden disabilities such as ADHD and ASD are entitled to a priority pass which operates like the Fastpass in DLP, ie you get a return time for every ride so you dont have to queue. In the US you dont have to prove the disability and I would imagine EU law is the same, but his parents could always bring a letter from their paediatrician or about his DLA, if he gets that.
Having said that, our son coped brilliantly in WDW earlier this year and we didnt need a pass. The amount of stimulation in the parks stopped any restlessness and we used Fastpasses and early starts to avoid big queues.
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Thanks AhoyShipmates, Ill have a look 😊
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Another thing: our boy gets more anxious if he knows about things too far in advance (more than a few days - its killing me having to keep our pre-Christmas trip to myself!), but some children benefit from a visual timetable, even a rough one divided into morning and evening with one activity named/pictured per section. Maybe you could prepare one for your nephew for his parents to give him when they tell him about the trip.

And if he has a device like a Nintendo he uses at home to zone out when things get too much, bring that to the parks just in case. It might prevent an overwhelm meltdown.

I hope you all have a lovely trip 🙂
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Also just as a side point the adult accompying your nephew is entitled to park tickets for FREE. I have Cerebral Palsy and my OH is not my registered carer but that doesnt matter. As long as he has (DLA/PIP entitlement letter, a blue badge OR a doctors note detailing his condition). I booked as a package and only found out recently that we could have this. I called customer services and theyve given us a 147 refund, so its always worth asking. 😊
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You do need proof of additional needs at DLP. I will let someone more exerienced than me give you details!

We went with friends in 2011 and one of their children had a condition similar to ASD. They took a doctors note.

His pass allowed him plus a parent and sometimes others (it varied) to come back at a specific time or to use the disabled entrance which is quieter.

I did feel bad when all 8 of us were allowed in to the disabled seating area for the Animagique show, but that is what the pass allowed. Dont know if it is the same for Mickey & the Magician show now, but the queuing area for that is like a cattle truck, so I would hope there is a way to avoid it. (If you have a Mastercard you can apparently book priority seats on the day now, which might be another option. No charge but you have to go to Guest Services at park opening to book).

Be aware that some rides may not allow him on because of French law - something about not being able to get off alone if it broke down. I think parachute drop is the only one that says this. I believethe English wording is very clumsy and says something like mental deficiencies but they may have changed that now.
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I just rang customer services to ask about our hotel room and checked on this too. Its not at all like WDW! You have to take a doctors letter stating the diagnosis of whichever condition it is to City Hall within the park when you arrive. They give you a form to fill in where you tick the relevant condition and level / type of difficulty it presents in the parks. They then give you an orange or green pass (bit like Mission Space) depending on the level of need.
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Oh, and the doctors letter or whichever proof documentation you need has to be dated within three months of your trip.
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