The DAS Card is designed to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability (including non-apparent disabilities). A Disability Access Service Card will be issued at Guest Relations main entrance locations and will offer guests a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. As soon as the Guest finishes one attraction, they can receive a return time for another. This service can be used in addition to Disney’s FASTPASS Service and Disney FastPass+ service.
DAS: Who/What/When. The DAS works for the individual with special needs and the members in their party. (In our case, 3.) Once you receive the DAS, it may be used at any of the Walt Disney World parks for the duration of your stay. (A DAS card is valid for up to 14 days depending on a guest’s ticket entitlement.)
The wait time for Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid is 5o minutes. Go up to the entrance of the ride and show the cast member your DAS card. The cast member will give you a return time (based on the current wait time) and stamp the card. You may return to the ride any time after your assigned time. Once you enter the ride, a cast member will cross off your time allowing you to use the DAS card for another ride.
NOTE: Your child does not have to be present to receive a return time but they must be present for anyone in your party to get on the ride.
Once at the Park, we scrolled through the Disney App looking for the rides we wanted with the longest wait time. We went to the ride and asked for a return time. Then we used the App to see which ride had the shortest wait time and headed to that one. And in between we also used had our FastPass+ selections.
Note: For the DAS you can return to the ride any time after your designated wait time. But for the FastPass+ you must enter the ride during the time frame provided.
Our Autism Family Tip: A great time to go on rides is right before, during and immediately after Parade Times and/or Firework shows. While using the DAS we found that most kids and families are gathering to watch the festivities – and the wait time for other attractions eases up. More tips for Autism Families Planning a Walt Disney World vacation can be found HERE. (Tips also includes what rides we went on and what we used to get on them.)
For the most part, Norrin did well with waiting. We talked about the ride and what he wanted to do next. He also enjoyed looking at the ride in action (whenever possible) and looking at the amazing scenery.
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