Unfortunately we had to cancel our trip My son has been in a crisis with his behaviors (aggression and meltdowns). He is very severely affected by his autism, he has very low verbal skills and does not do well with change.
I am hoping Disneyland will tailor their new program to allow kids like my son to access the park. My son is only able to visit the park for 1-2 hours at a time. Our trips are a 8 hour drive for us and we end up staying 5 nights while there. Due to his need for quiet and space, we always rent a 2 room suite so he can have a quiet area. Our trips usually run us $2,000 for tickets and hotel fees. We stay at Park Vue Inn and just walk across the street to get to the park. We have been going to the park for years (usually every other year or more often).
I could write a book explaining to everyone how many years it took my son to master the park. He truly loves all things Disney and lights up while there. The crowds overwhelm him and it makes it hard to be in the park for very long before he has a meltdown. There are some people that would ask why we even go. This is the one thing my son truly loves. It certainly isn't easy to be in Disneyland with my 19 year old severely disabled son. When he gets overwhelmed he attacks me. Our lives have been horrible since he entered puberty 8 years ago. I am tired and don't know how I get through each day in my home. I truly do not think I could take a snicker or rude comment from someone while there.
I am afraid I am not making much sense here. I've been up since 12:30 with my son. Sleep deprivation has a way of wrecking havoc on my ability to think clearly.