Things to know about the Disney DAS Card.
By Leah Wood of Leah’s Customs Travels
Disney’s DAS Card makes for a stress-free Disney vacation. (Disney World)
The Disney Disability Access Service Card (DAS card) is Disney‘s way of ensuring that everyone has an ideal experience while visiting the parks. It is a way for people with special needs to receive accommodations while they’re in the parks. While it is not a “skip the line” pass, it does make waiting to see an attraction a little easier. You are given return time for the attraction.
Here are the steps to obtain your own DAS card:
- On your first day in the parks, go to Guest Services and ask for a DAS card. A cast member will ask what accommodations you need. It is not needed for disabilities that are easily seen, but for those that aren’t like Autism or Sensory Processing Disorder. They will not ask you what your disability is but rather what accommodations you need.
- The one who needs the accommodations has their picture taken.
- Explore and enjoy the park to your heart’s content!
- Magic Kingdom® Park: City Hall
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park: Guest Relations Lobby (near main entrance)
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios®: Guest Relations Lobby (near main entrance)
- Epcot®: Guest Relations Lobby (near Spaceship Earth)
Family at Disney World (Disney World)
Everyone in your party is allowed to use the DAS card, as Disney tries to keep families together when they are in the park. The Disability Access Service Card is valid for the length of your trip up to 14 days.
Here are two examples of how DAS card and MyMagic+ work together to give every family an enjoyable experience while on vacation at Disney World:
Princesses at Magic Kingdom (Flickr: Julie, Dave & Family)
Scenario #1: You already picked out your FastPass at home for Princess Fairytale Hall for 3pm. After checking on your My Disney Experience App, you know that the wait time for Peter Pan’s Flight is 60 minutes. One adult in your party goes to Peter Pan’s Flight to get a return time ticket while the rest of the group goes to Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh because the wait time is only 20 minutes. After your ride through 100 Acre Woods, everyone heads over to Friar’s Nook or Pinocchio’s Haus for lunch. You still have a little time left before your return time at Peter Pan so you head over to Prince Charming’s Carousel to ride the horses. Finally, it’s time for you to ride Peter Pan’s Flight! You hand the Return Ticket to the Cast Member and he directs you to the shorter line. Now that you’ve finished soaring with Peter Pan, it’s time to meet the Princesses at Princess Fairytale Hall using your FastPass.
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Buzz Lightyear Ranger Spin (Flickr: Josh Hallett)
Scenario #2: One of your FastPass selections is for Buzz Lightyear Ranger Spin at 3pm. This is a great time because Tomorrowland isn’t crowded since your FastPass time is during the parade. Everyone wants to see Monster’s Inc: Comedy Laugh Floor and the wait time is 70 minutes. One adult heads off to Monster’s Inc to get a return ticket while the rest of your party heads into the Lunching Pad to get lunch. After a refreshing lunch, you head over to the Carousel of Progress and, if there’s enough time, the Astro Orbiter. Next, it’s time for Monster’s Inc: Comedy Laugh Floor! You return to Monster’s Inc and hand the Cast Member your return ticket and they direct your party heads on in. After enjoying a good laugh at Monster’s Inc, it’s time for your Buzz Lightyear FastPass.
Leah Wood contributed this to MiniTime.
Leah’s Custom Travels specializes in vacation planning services for families with Special Needs to all US destinations especially to Disney Parks, Universal Studios and SeaWorld.