My family has been to Walt Disney World many times. My kids are well versed in the different parks there. However, I have a water park confession. Despite the many times we have been there and the many different things we have done while there, we have never been to a water park. I know it’s shocking, but we have not gone for several reasons. One reason was that they where young and, for me, I’m cheap and felt the resort pool was just as good as a water park. The second was that I felt it took time away from the parks. However, the main reason was I was worried how Josh with his autism would react towards the water park.
Now, he loves to swim and has taken lessons since he was five. Today, swim therapy is one of his favorite activities. So that aspect I wasn’t worried about, but water parks are big and busy. I also know that they don’t have the same accommodations that the main parks have for those with special needs. Now the time has arrived for us to give them a try. This upcoming trip in May we’re going to Typhoon Lagoon.
Rachel and I are doing several things to help us and to help Josh get prepared for the experience. We are doing the standard research at looking at the different water attractions and deciding on what we know he would like and ones that we can do together so we can keep a eye on him. We are also watching the promotional video that they give out so he is familiar with the park. We’re also going to our favorite online resource, YouTube, to see what is available. Also, the Disney Community is a great resource. They can give great advice and are always willing to help you with ideas.
While we’re there, one of the first things we’re going to do is to talk to guest relations to see what they can do to help us or to give us some ideas to help make the park a nice experience. Talking to Cast Members is always a good idea when you have questions. Second, we are going with extra help. We are bringing a niece to help, as an extra person will provide so much help when needed. The last thing we’re doing is trying to go at a low crowd time.
As I had mentioned before, water parks were not on my agenda. However, the kids wanted to go, and the resort pools can no longer satisfy their swimming desires. I feel that with a good strategy we all can have a fun and wet time. It will be good for Josh and me to try a new experience. If you have suggestions for our water park adventure, let us know. In a couple of months we can report back and let you know how it went.