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How Disney's New Park Reservation Systems Negatively Impact Neurodivergent Guests

My family was fortunate enough to go to Walt Disney World (WDW) multiple times throughout my childhood, and when I was old enough to drive myself, that’s exactly what I did. Going to the parks and enjoying myself used to be easy and accessible, but lately due to changes implemented from the company it no longer feels that way. In fact, now it’s just inaccessible, confusing, and more expensive than ever to “come home,” or whatever phrase they use to make you feel good about stepping through those gates.

For those who don’t know, once upon a time, as long as the parks weren’t at capacity you used to be able to get in. However in an effort to ensure the safety of both cast members (CMs) and guests alike, post lock down (which for Floridians was May 2020), they adopted a new park reservation system to control park population. 

Essentially, you would have to use their app to reserve a date to go to the parks, something that never existed before. Fair, right? You don’t have to like it for it to make sense, but the changes didn’t stop there. 

I have ADHD and I can’t even fathom starting to look at how the reservation system will work for me.

As Disney opened up the park gates to more people, the park reservation system stayed and they added other key components that made it less accessible for people to go to the parks. They introduced new features such as the Genie+ FastPass system and individual Lightning Lanes, which replaced their prior FastPass system that they had for years that were based on a first come first serve basis. 

I asked theme park blogger, influencer, and my personal coffee date friend Franky Jr. about this system (because my brain “noped out” as soon as it was announced) and here’s what he had to say:


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