autism at the parks: WALT DISNEY WORLD, UNIVERSAL ORLANDO, SEAWORLD
Disney's hollywood studios Rides and Attractions Guide
Sensory Issues: A significant issue for most of our children’s experience at the Parks is the sensory input they receive. If your child craves pressure, (s)he may love the more intense roller coasters that provide significant G-forces. If they are afraid of the dark, they probably will not like Space Mountain. If they enjoy spinning, the TeaCups, Men In Black and Toy Story Mania may be their favorite rides. It really does depend on the individual. Included is a link to Walt Disney World's description of their attractions and rides. We also provide additional information that may help you along with other tips for the attractions. We will be updating this information frequently so please check back often.
WALT DISNEY WORLD has issued a Resource Guide to Walt Disney World including a description of the sensory experiences for each ride. This guide is a 23 page PDF file.
Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides and Attractions
The Great Movie Ride
Disney's printable interactive park maps
Hollywood Studios' attraction descriptions.
FP+ means the attraction can be reserved via the Fastpass Plus ride reservation system.
Note: When making FP+ reservations for Hollywood Studios, only one attraction can be chosen from Tier 1 and up to two attractions can be chosen from Tier 2.
The Great Movie Ride FP+ (Tier 1): CLOSED PERMANENTLY
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular FP+ (Tier 2): Outdoor stunt show with loud gunfire and explosions.
Star Tours FP+ (Tier 2): Minimum Height: 40 in (102 cm) 3-D movie simulator ride. You wear 3D glasses and your seat will move in every direction.
Muppet Vision 3D FP+ (Tier 2): You wear 3D glasses and some moments are in the dark. Bubbles fall from the ceiling and you may feel a squirt of water. There is some cannon fire and fireworks explosions on the screen.
Toy Story Midway Mania FP+ (Tier 1): Guests wear 3D glasses, ride in two-person cars which spins and stops suddenly while shooting at 3D targets. Water may lightly spray your face. Even if you use the DAS or Fastpass+, you may still have to wait up to 30 minutes or longer for the queue to reach the attraction loading zone. Make a Fastpass+ reservation or ride this attraction first thing in the morning after the park opens in order to avoid long wait times.
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream: Self-guided walking tour through an exhibit and short film depicting Walt Disney's life.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid FP+ (Tier 2): Live puppet show highlighting the movie. Includes music. May have short periods of complete darkness.
Star Wars Launch Bay: Walking tour of Star Wars movie props, several Star Wars character meets including Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, BB8 and Jawas and a merchandise shop.
Disney Junior - Live on Stage FP+ (Tier 2): Live stage and puppet show featuring popular characters from the Disney Junior channel. Guests sit on the floor with very limited bench seating along the outside walls. May be loud at times due to guests cheering and clapping and responding to the show. Some 4D effects including bubbles and confetti will occur during the show.
Beauty and the Beat FP+ (Tier 1): Live stage show depicting an abridged version of the movie, complete with songs and dancing. Some scenes may have loud noises. Stadium seating in this outdoor covered theater.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster FP+ (Tier 1): Minimum Height: 48 in (122 cm) Music plays loudly at your head while riding this roller coaster. The coaster starts out from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, so you are catapulted at the beginning, which can be frightening. Bright flashes will occur when your picture is taken before you enter the first loop.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror FP+ (Tier 2): Minimum Height: 40 in (102 cm) The pre-ride movie room will go completely dark, thunder will be heard and there will be simulated lightning. Afterwards, you walk to the elevators. The elevator free-falls and goes back up in various patterns. At the peak of the elevator going up, you will experience weightlessness. Most of the ride is in the dark. Other passengers will typically scream during this ride.
Frozen Sing-Along Celebration FP+ (Tier 2): Stage Show with scenes from the popular movie hosted by comedic actors. Audience sings along to the popular songs. Words to the songs appear on the screens in the theater.
Toy Story Land: Opening Summer 2018 A Toy Story themed area including a Slinky Dog kid coaster, shops and character meets.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Opening 2019 A Star Wars themed area including attractions, shops and character meets.
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