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Discussion in 'Special Needs' started by Claire, Jul 24, 2008.

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    Claire She lost the crayons!

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    This coming trip will be the first time we've applied for a Guest Assistance card at WDW. We've had them on two occasions in DLRP. For some reason I've decided today's worry is all about these things!

    Has anyone used one recently at WDW? What was the procedure in applying? Are they difficult to get and has anyone ever been refused one?

    At DLRP they work in one of several ways. You usually enter the attraction at the exit and the Cast Member either puts you on the next ride, puts you on the next but one ride, gives you a time to return (fastpass) or tells you you can ride in 10 mins which is about the maximum Owen can wait around.

    I not sure what kind of experience we will have in the parks if we aren't successful in getting a GAC but I think it will seriously diminish the amount of attractions we can appreciate!
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    We go to Guest services in the park we go to first (any Park will do) and they give you a card to carry round with you. We did NOT need any letters or medical proof or ANYTHING. Just ask. It was good to go for ALL parks and covered all in our party.
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    Go t guest services in your first Disney park that you visit. They will give your card for the whole holiday. It will be for your whole family.
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    cool i needed this info too for me

    thx for posting it claire
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    cathydisneynut Earning my ears

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    In my experience, at WDW they will let you use the GAC at the exits on non-fastpass rides, e.g. Small World, but you will not be allowed to use the fastpass line on the fastpass rides until all the fastpasses have run out. You have to use standby or single rider.
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    Claire She lost the crayons!

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    So you can't ride any attraction that offers fastpass using the GAC until all the fastpasses have gone? :unsure:
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    cathydisneynut Earning my ears

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    Basically, yes.:(
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    This isn't true Cathy, well at least not for us, for our past 3 visits we have used the fast pass line on every ride without any problems, questions, they have just looked at our GAP and let us through. No problem.

    I do know that everyones GAP can have different stamps for different things, as Connah is blind it was great for us.
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    I thought they were making it harder and harder to get one of these...
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    I think they are. We have never had any trouble however with Connah being registered Blind and a cane user, its instantly visible he has a disability.

    I am sure there are many people who use the system, which makes it more difficult for all the genuine folk to get them.

    Ours works great for Connah, it makes his life so much easier and safer around the parks.
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    Claire She lost the crayons!

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    Owen hasn't got a visible disability unless you count the strange way he behaves. We have a letter stating Owen is Autistic which we used in Paris but now I'm guessing we will not qualify for one in WDW. :sigh1: Without one we will basically have to split up with one adult just walking round studying railings with Owen whilst the 3 others do the rides. :(

    Suddenly not looking forward to our holiday so much now.............
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    :cry2: I wasnt doing the "oh they just want one so they can get to the front of the line" question. It was seriously a real question and I wasnt pointing any fingers! :cry2:
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    Claire She lost the crayons!

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    Oh Hen! I know! :hug1: I'm just nervous that everything goes well on our trip and without a GAC it'll be such a strange holiday. Almost two parts if you know what I mean. A sort of them and us.

    I only highlighted your quote to show that this is what I'm panicking about.

    I should try to relax and not worry about what might happen
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    whew...i didnt want you bunch mad at me!

    Why do I talk funny when I hang out with you guys?
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    You can still get a card for Owen. Take your letter to guest services. Just because his "disablity" isn't obvious, he still needs some extra assistance.

    He studies railings?
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    Mostly railings, bridges (especially lifting ones) and railway lines. I could lose hours studying Owen studying stuff! Sliding doors are a big favourite too. Basically anything that follows a set path or pattern. No surprises or anything unexpected you see. Just how he likes it!
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    Ahhh with you. Repeating patterns.
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    Claire She lost the crayons!

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    Spot on.
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    Derailing a bit.

    Have you read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night? It was a total eye opener for me.
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    Yes. Excellent book. That must be the closest you could get to getting inside the mind of an Autistic person.

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