I posted a photo on my personal Facebook page of the Disney Disability Access Pass rules as an FYI to all my special needs mama’s and holy moly! So many likes & so many questions sitting in my inbox! The Pass known by Disney cast members as DAS Pass, is something no one has really heard about before! People were intrigued. Who can use such a pass? How do you get one?!? Keep on reading to get the 411 on Disney’s Disability Access Pass!
What Is Das Pass?
The Disability Access Service (DAS) will allow kids with disabilities at Walt Disney World Resort to receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. Basically a Fast Pass for kids with disabilities. The DAS Pass is designed for kids with disabilities that make it extremely tough for them to wait in line. Think along the lines of Autism, Aspergers, severe cases of ADHD/ADD. Kids that will have some sort of meltdown if they aren’t constantly moving. My daughter is pretty mellow and chill. She has been traveling since she was 1 month old! But when she gets excited for things, she wants them that very moment. Even when it comes to boarding an airplane, she gets too excited since she loves planes. So we usually ask for pre-boarding so no one is bothered by her excitement and cries if she doesn’t get on the plane right away. Being a nonverbal child, she doesn’t quite understand the concept of waiting AND keeping to herself while waiting since she lacks proper social skills. Kids like this are the ones who benefit from such a pass. Kids that literally don’t understand the concept of waiting.
How Do I Get One?
Just take the child you’re wishing to obtain a DAS Pass for to Guest Relations at any of the 4 main parks! Cast Members will not ask for proof of a disability, but will inquire about the type of accommodations you are requesting because of your child’s disability or condition. Eligibility for a DAS pass is based upon a child’s need, not their diagnosis. The kiddo with the disability must be present to obtain the pass since they will have their photo taken.
How Does It Work?
DAS will be issued at Guest Relations main entrance locations and will offer guests a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. Basically it works like a FastPass for kids with disabilities. When you want to check out an attraction. Head to the cast member at the entrance of each attraction. Hand them your child’s pass. They will scan it and give you a return time. As soon as you finish one attraction, you can receive a return time for another. This service can be used in addition to Disney’s FASTPASS Service and Disney FastPass+ service so make sure you have your fast passes for the day as well. This will help you ride as many rides as possible!
While it makes my heart happy to see companies trying to accommodate special needs kiddos, the DAS Pass system does need work! While it was a blessing to use this trip. We were able to stay at the parks way longer than usual since discovering DAS! Meltdowns were at an all time low since we were able to constantly move and not sit still in a line!!! However, there were a few instances that the DAS Pass really didn’t prevent the issues it was created to avoid.
When your return time comes, you head to the fast pass line. This is my main issue with the DAS Pass system. If you’re a Disney junkie like myself, you then know that sometimes those fast pass lines are pretty long. This happened to us not once, but twice! When our return time came to see Cinderella & Elena of Avalor, the FastPass line was still a 25 minute wait. My daughter was so excited to see Elena and by the time it was our turn to see her, my daughter was beat red and covered in almost hives from being so excited she was in tiers. I was hoping a cast member would notice and maybe help a mama out since we were DAS Pass people, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. My daughter was worn out and almost over the whole experience by the time she was able to see her newest idol Elena.
Why not let DAS Pass people use handicap lines to return? That way these kiddos waited just like everyone else time-wise, but can get ushered in to avoid the excitement meltdowns the pass was created to help prevent?
Besides that, like I mentioned above, the DAS Pass really was a blessing. We were able to stay until we did everything on our bucket list for the day with zero hotel breaks! Disney in one shot! The way I personally like it!
While waiting for your return times, just got snap all those insta pics or grab a bite to eat! Maybe catch a show or parade! I had zero issues with the whole everyone still waits regardless of disabilities. That’s fair!!! No special treatment! The DAS Pass just needs a little bit of tweaking when it comes to returning to those attractions!