With the possibility of sensory meltdowns, the thought of finding foods that their child will eat, and the possibility of being completely overwhelmed, many parents are unsure it’s possible to travel with the children with Autism.
As a Certified Autism Travel Agent, I assist many families with Autism with their travel plans. With all of my clients with children with Autism, I offer a service called “Pre-Travel Counseling,” where I sit down with the entire family, review the vacation itinerary, and answer any questions from both the adults and kids; I find this reduces a lot of the travel anxiety everyone might be experiencing, and gets them ready for having FUN on their vacation.
Many times, I hear comments from parents like, “Ugh, I wish you could just go with us! It would make things so much easier to have you on hand, just in case we need something.”
I listened. And now I’m introducing our first Autism Family Group Vacation to Walt Disney World and Aquatica this August!
This Group Vacation will include 7-10 families and is tailor-made for families with kids on the Spectrum. We’ve partnered with two Certified Autism Centers to create an amazing stay - VillaKey and Aquatica.
What’s included in the Group Vacation?
A VillaKey Autism-friendly 4-bedroom Vacation Home that comfortably sleeps 8 guests (larger homes are available for extended families)
Minivan rental to be picked up b the family within the Orlando airport
Assistance with grocery delivery upon arrival
Welcome dinner and party with a short orientation for parents and fun activities for kids
5-Day Base pass to the Walt Disney World Parks for all guests
In-Theme Park support from Sally Black and Nicole Thibault to provide a worry-free experience and the support you need to get a Disability Access Service pass (DAS) at Guest Services, navigate the Parks, and maximize enjoyment and family time in the theme parks.
One "Parent's Date Night" with trained Autism Therapists supervising kids at our resort clubhouse
1-Day pass to Aquatica Water Park, a Certified Autism Center, for all guests, along with final farewell party to say goodbye to all your new travel friends.
All Taxes, service fees and gratuities are included
Access to Live Facebook Counseling Sessions in the months leading up to the trip with Nicole Thibault, Certified Autism Travel Professional, to learn about the Disability Passes at each Park, how to maximize your DAS Pass Return Times, recommendations for restaurants due to food aversions/food allergies, finding quiet spaces in the Parks, and more.
Access to a Closed Facebook Group, just for the families booked on the Orlando Group Trip, so you can ask questions and get to know the other families in your Travel Group
VillaKey Vacation Homes are Autism-friendly, but what does this mean? It means that each vacation home has a quiet family-friendly location, pleasant soft lighting, neutral paint colors, fragrance-free cleaning products, alarms on the exit doors , and security fence around your private pool.
Having a Private Facebook Group for the families on the trip will be immensely helpful during the months leading up to the Orlando vacation. Here, parents can ask questions and get answers from our Group Leaders. Families can also post bios about themselves and everyone can get to know each other before meeting up on at our Welcome Party on the first night. There will also be bi-monthly Live Chats, hosted by our Group Leaders, and also some special Guest Hosts along the way.
The In-Theme park assistance will also be an amazing help for families with Autism, who may be trying Walt Disney World and other theme parks for the first time. Our Group Leaders will meet families at the front gates, and assist them with obtaining the Disability Access Service pass/Attraction Assistance Pass. They’ll also be able to help families find quiet spaces in the Parks, troubleshoot sensory issues and meltdowns, and counsel families on menu choices at quick-service and table-service restaurants.
For families that are interested in joining our Autism Family Group Vacation this Summer, please follow the link to review the daily itinerary and book our spot with our travel Group: