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Doctor's Letters Are Good for More Than Just Getting on Disney Rides Faster

By July 30, 2009

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Bringing a letter from the doctor describing your child's disability is often recommended for getting a pass to speed amusement-park access, but on the Readers Respond page for your Disney tips, Ann Yurcek points out another reason you'll want to have that letter:

"Make sure you have a doctor's letter to get on rides faster, but also talking about the sensory needs. We took our daughter to Disney and Sea World and she melted down when we were leaving, and when my husband had to get her out, she was screaming. The security guards would have arrested him, but the doctor's letter and her picture ID saved his arrest. They thought we were kidnapping the kid, who by this time had lost her ability to speak. She would not answer any question 'Is this your daddy?' I ran back and handed the guards the letter, and he pulled out his ID with this name and also his physician ID and our daughters picture ID. She did not want to transition out of Disney, she was stuck and overstimulated. Another piece of advice, leave when there is not a crowd, as onlookers can be a big problem. Our daughter created a major disturbance and no HIPPA applies, as mom is telling them she has autism and sensory issues and doesn't want to leave the fun."

If you've got some Disney strategies to share, please add them to the Readers Respond page on the topic.

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July 31, 2009 at 1:11 pm
(1) Rachel says:

Wow – that is great advice. I’m going to get the picture I.D. all ready before we go on our planned trip to Disneyworld in the next year or two.
Thank you for sharing this helpful information – I would not have thought of doing this!

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