This week we have a listener trip report who visited Walt Disney World and Disneyland within 6 months of each other. Chuck Kucera joins us and he also shares some of his trip planning advice for traveling with a child with autism.
Walt Disney World
They started planning for the vacation about 9 months in advance. The main resource they used in planning is the book, The Unofficial Guide to Disney World with Kids. They got a great deal by staying off property. While in the Orlando area, the family spent a couple of days in the Tampa / Clearwater Beach area. By flying into Tampa there were more flight options available for them.
In the Orlando area, the family stayed off property. This allowed them to also easily visit Sea World along with their time at Walt Disney World.
In preparing for the vacation, the family used social stories to prepare their son for the character meet-and-greets. Here are a couple of examples.
The Disneyland vacation came about unexpectedly. The family stayed at Homewood Suites and thought it was a nice hotel for a reasonable price. Seeing how much their son loved the character meets, they focused a good chunk of their Disneyland time with characters.
Another great tip is to constantly re-shop your rental cars. Chuck’s family was able to save over 50% of their originally booked price by continuing to look.