After we left Disney, where our pass let us enter through the "exit", I had to explain to my husband that this pass does not work anywhere else- especially the bedroom. True story.
Thank you---We often thought of going to Disney but knew there was no way my son could make it without some assisatance. It's nice to know you had a good time and doing so with Disney's help is amazing!
living here in Los Angeles, we are regular visitors to the magic kingdom--but it wouldn't be possible without that GAP--and yeah, i feel you one the "once over" you get at city hall when you're getting the thing. Lucky for us, i just keep the last one we had, bring it with and tell them i want it renewed. fewer examinations that way.
I find it also can be a great opportunity to meet people in similar and not so similar situations. I met the cutest kid in the Dumbo line with his parent (Dumbo always has some kind of line, even at the GAP gate. I didn't know the kid's situation (none of my business, frankly), but he had the sweetest smile and the same passion for that flying elephant as my son, and his parent and i got to share that "aren't our kids absolutely AWESOME?" look. Makes it all worth it.
I keep wanting to take that Disney trip...if ONLY to use that pass!
I am so impressed that you people brave Disney World, pass or no pass. I just got home from Wendy's where I had to stand in line for approximately 4 minutes with two kids. Based on that experience, our Disney trip is far, far away.
Hey, at least you tried at the airport. Reality hits hard!So, where ya goin' next year???
That exam thing surprised me! I thought it was something you could get in advance by submitting some doctor's note or something. Not that my son would have a problem passing the once over... Loved the radio show this morning!! Think it was the best yet! You two really are gelling together and an hour is so much better!! The callers were fantastic and so far - no nuts calling in... What's that number again? ;)
@Dani: Hee. Good thing Steve wasn't with us.@Lizbeth: We could never have done it either...its is truly the bomb!@ThisSideofTypical: I never thought about hanging on to my pass, but now I might laminate that baby! The long line at Dumbo is a real mystery to me. I agree with you about communing with our peeps.@Chris: DO IT!@Christy: You will get there someday for sure!@ryoko: I'm ready now.@KarenV: You need to call in next time to represent the nut sector.
I wish I would have had that. Instead, we just had the appointment ticket, which was still pretty awesome. We could get an appointment time for Space Mountain, then go ride some other rides while we waited for our time slot. We must have ridden it 8 or 9 times that way. Of course, we probably won't visit again until Georgia is at least 6 or 7 and can ride all the rides, so it'll probably be a whole new system by then.
Loved the article. I'm so glad to hear you had a good experience.
Love the part about actually wanting her to act special needsy. That's how we felt when we went to pick up the pass at Hershey Park--and while trying to use it. There, in order to cut they line you have to, well, literally cut the line. Squeezing past a bunch of annoyed people with our seemingly regular kid was pretty embarrassing. That place needs to adopt the Disney model.
Would orthopedic problems (psuedoarthrosis of the tibia) qualify for the pass?
Those passes sure are a life-saver!
I am emotionally disabled, my husband is follically challenged and of course the boy is autistic. They would throwing those passes at us from the car park.
I think it is fabulous that you are writing these articles...sigh..by the time I get to your blog..maybe five minutes AFTER you post..there are a zillion comments ahead of mine..and I think what can I possibly add? besides my impeccable charm and good manners? :)
Left this over at the patch, but wasn't sure you'd see. I was just thinking, if we go to Disney, Jaylen better do some "autistic" stuff when we go for that pass. So I am glad you said it before me so I won't be the bad guy. BTW, where's Steve or whatever his name was, the one NOT married to Anne. I am writing everything you said so I can tell the guest relations person and get a golden ticket too. But, it's a long way off. Jaylen will not be "travel ready" for quite some time. Not to mention my 2 year old is already incredibly ADHD, mommy diagnosis, and needs ritalin or something like it in order to travel.