View Full Version : AMC Downtown Disney 24 at WDW Offers Monthly ‘Sensory Friendly’ Shows Geared Toward Autistic Guests

10-09-2012, 08:30 PM
The AMC Theatre at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World will offer “sensory friendly” film-going experiences for guests with autism.

During a sensory friendly showing, theater lights are turned up, sound is reduced and audience members are welcome to talk or get up and move during the show.

The program was initiated at the AMC Columbia Mall 14 theater in Columbia, Maryland, where a request from a parent of an autistic child inspired a screening attended by more than 300 parents and children.

Upcoming shows at AMC Downtown Disney 24 at Walt Disney World Resort are:

“Finding Nemo” – September 22
“Frankenweenie” – October 13
“Wreck-It Ralph” – November 10
“Rise of the Guardians” – December 8

All sensory-friendly shows take place at 10am and dates and films are subject to change.

12-09-2012, 08:16 AM
Wow. That is really great to hear! It's wonderful to realize that "big business" can offer something to meet the needs of a smaller segment of the population. :yes: I hope there is a strong response so they are encouraged to keep offering the special features.

12-09-2012, 10:54 AM
Having never "worked" with autistic children, only been around them I am truly intrigued by how this may work. I think it is great they are giving it a go.

12-09-2012, 12:01 PM
They were doing this in IL when I was there. :yes:

12-09-2012, 12:27 PM
Good on them! :yes: I hope this gives some kids a chance to see a movie that wouldn't have been able to otherwise! A little extra Disney magic for their trip :)