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Old 10-09-2013, 01:31 PM   #256
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Yes, the stroller as a wheelchair tag is still available. It is separate from the DAS.
I'll be able to provide some feedback soon. We arrive at WDW tomorrow. DD4 is a former 1 lb 2 oz preemie with mild cerebral palsy and Autism, as well as a host of other "minor" disorders. We've taken her once in the past and she had a GAC and a stroller as wheelchair tag. (DS20 had his own GAC because he also has Autism.) Our first park day will be the 11th. I plan on explaining how her mobility (balance & coordination issues, muscle fatigue, spasticity, etc.) affect her ability to stand in lines, facilitating the need for a stroller as a wheelchair tag. BUT I will also tell them how her Autism affects her: sensory issues, behavior issues, etc.

She also has disorder that causes her to have difficulty regulating her body temperature. In addition to that, she is 99% tube-fed and is unable to take liquids by mouth to stay hydrated, so she needs frequent tube feeds for hydration in the heat. She is verbal, but doesn't have conversational speech and doesn't mand for (request) needs, so she has to be closely monitored for signs of overheating or dehydration. While I've gotten used to tube feedings in public places, she's not on a continuous feed, and I'd prefer not to try and juggle everything and hook her up while waiting in a 45-60 minute line! Imagine the stares and comments! (Not that I care, but some families might.)

I'm still nervous that even if we do get the DAS, the CMs will see the stroller as wheelchair tag and be on the defensive and turn us away from the return time/DAS option. I'll try to post from WDW to let you know how it goes.

I'll also check about the photo from the guest services outside of the park - someone asked about that, but I forgot to quote them!

Hugs for everyone stressing about the unknown as much as I am! As someone else posted, GAC has never been a FOTL pass for us, but it did make planning our trip a lot easier and more worry free. I know DD will have difficulty with stamina and waiting for the return time to arrive. Using the time in between to "go to shops, grab a bite to eat..." doesn't work so well for kiddos who want everything scheduled and don't do well with unknowns. I can't make a visual schedule when we don't know the wait times or FP return times until that moment. For us, it will mean fewer rides/attractions and probably a few more meltdowns....but we're still happy to be going at all!

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Old 10-09-2013, 01:33 PM   #257
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It is interesting that the card in the photo is good from today till October 22. That's substantially longer than previous information has indicated they'd offer them for, isn't it? I first heard "one day only", then multi-day with proof of length of stay... but I thought even that was predicted to have limits.
The maximum that I have heard is 14 days, which the pictured DAS is for. Oct 9 - 22 is exactly 14 days so I would guess that the person who needed the DAS is an AP holder.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:43 PM   #258
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Someone (or many) will find a way around this so-called "new policy". Not today or tomorrow,,,but somewhere down the road.
They will, but it doesn't matter. They will not get instant fastpass access like they would have with the GAC - autistic or not. The DAS makes them wait just like everyone else, so where is the benefit to lie? There really isn't one, especially if you can only get 1 or 2 return times at time.
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It is interesting that the card in the photo is good from today till October 22. That's substantially longer than previous information has indicated they'd offer them for, isn't it? I first heard "one day only", then multi-day with proof of length of stay... but I thought even that was predicted to have limits.
Probably an AP holder. The old system for AP's were good for 2 months at a time.
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:56 PM   #261
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We got ours this morning at HS. The outside GS didn't have a single person on line. We got there at 9:30 and we were their first DAS of the day been we used it at TSMM all the CMs ran over to see it by hey had not seen it in person just images at training.

We're doing okay with it so far
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Old 10-09-2013, 01:59 PM   #262
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So do we know when you return during your time frame how they have you enter the attraction? Guessing the FP entrance so you may have to wait that time in line too.
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So do we know when you return during your time frame how they have you enter the attraction? Guessing the FP entrance so you may have to wait that time in line too.
Wondering this too and what about attractions that don't have FP.
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He's also reporting that the new card will allow a party of 10. I think he said that if your party is larger than 6 everyone needs to be present when the card is issued.

Also, the return times (who knows if this is the same in all parks or if it will change) at MK are being given at the rides instead of kiosks. I hope this remains the case so that we don't have to criss cross to a kiosk. It just seems easier in our case to find a seat and stay near the ride if it's a relatively short wait.
WDW return times are the attraction.
Post one of this thread was updated last night about 10:30 pm

Parties larger than 6 were allowed under the GAC, but there needed to be good reason for it - anything over 6 is an exception
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We got ours this morning at HS. The outside GS didn't have a single person on line. We got there at 9:30 and we were their first DAS of the day been we used it at TSMM all the CMs ran over to see it by hey had not seen it in person just images at training.

We're doing okay with it so far
How did they take the picture? Through the glass, or did someone come out with a camera, or did you have to have it taken inside?

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Seems more likely that they would say the cards are only needed for those with invisible disabilities "such as" autism
This is what concerns me. CM making blanket statements like that when they see my wheelchair when there are invisible disabilities as well. See wheelchair , don't need accommodation.
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We got ours this morning at HS. The outside GS didn't have a single person on line. We got there at 9:30 and we were their first DAS of the day been we used it at TSMM all the CMs ran over to see it by hey had not seen it in person just images at training.

We're doing okay with it so far
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How did they take the picture? Through the glass, or did someone come out with a camera, or did you have to have it taken inside?

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Where in ratlenhum's quote does it say anything about a picture?
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