Making the Most of the Disability Access Service (DAS) Pass at Hollywood Studios

Today we are going to spend the day at Hollywood Studios.  With some advance planning, it can be a fun day for everyone including your child with autism or other special needs.  As with all the other parks, planning will make or break your day.  It’s important to know what you can use your Disability Access Pass (DAS) for and what things it’s completely  unavailable.  After we go through that, I’ll tell you the best plan to make the most of your time in this park .

 

 

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Rides where you can use the DAS

 

  • Rock’ n’ Roller Coaster

  • Tower of Terror

  • The Great Movie Ride

  • Toy Story Mania

  • Star Tours

  • MuppetVision 3D

 

Shows where you can’t use the DAS

 

  • Cinderella preview

  • Walt Disney : One Man’s Dream

  • Magic of Disney Animation

  • Honey , I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

  • Fantasmic!

  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage

  • For the First Time in Forever : A Frozen Sing A Long Celebration

  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

  • Lights! Motor! Action! Extreme Stunt Show

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

 

 

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See a trend here?  The DAS doesn’t work for any of the shows where they only happen at a certain time.  With that in mind,  I would recommend using your actual fastpasses for the big shows that are must see for you .  If not, you will be forced to stand in line  with your child for long periods to get a good seat.  The entire family has to be in line.  Putting one parent in line while the other waits somewhere else with the affected child is not an option.  It is clearly in your best interests to use your Fastpasses for the shows and the DAS for the rides. 

 

 

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As passholders, what we usually do is to pick one show to see once a month.  That way, we only use up one Fastpass at a time.  This also prevents Logan from getting sensory overload from too many loud light shows.  Let’s face it.  No one puts on a show like Disney.  So , if at all possible, space out the shows over several days. Pick the must see shows for your family and get Fastpasses for them.  Be prepared for your child to get overwhelmed. Bring earplugs or noise canceling headphones.  Sunglasses will help with the laser shows.  Always be ready to leave the show early if needed. Remember , you don’t want to get to meltdown mode in the middle of a crowd with your child.  Avoid that at all costs. 

 

 

Let’s categorize the rides into Fastpass, DAS, and doesn’t matter since the wait time is so short.

 

Doesn’t Matter

 

  • Cinderella preview

  • Muppet Vision 3D

  • Walt Disney : One Man’s Dream

  • Magic of Disney Animation

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure

  • Lights! Motor! Action! Extreme Stunt Show

  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

 

 

Fastpass

 

  • Fantasmic!

  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing A Long Celebration

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

  • Disney Junior : Live on Stage

  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

 

Here you will run into a dilemma.  First, you can only have 3 Fastpasses at a time. Obviously, you will have to remove something from the list.  Second,  Hollywood Studios has a tiered selection system.  Meaning that you have to pick one from the first group then the other 2 from the second group.  Beauty and the Beast along with Fantasmic! are in the first group.  If you are only going one day, then you would need to decide between the two.  In my opinion, the line for Fantasmic! is always a mile long. I would pick that one hands down.  If you aren’t staying until dark which is when Fantasmic! occurs then pick Beauty and the Beast. You can get  Frozen ,Disney Junior or Indiana Jones as well in the second tier.

 

Use Your DAS:

 

  • Toy Story Mania (get immediately upon entrance to the park as that line is always longest)

  • Star Tours

  • Rock’N’ Roller Coaster

  • Tower of Terror

  • The Great Movie Ride

 

If you are there are opening or on a slow day which is usually mid week (think Tuesday – Thursday) , you may be able to do a few of these with minimal wait.   I highly suggest if you are only doing one day that you get there at opening to get on a few rides.  If parades are too much for your child then that is a good time to check some rides.  Be sure to download My Disney Experience to get up to date wait times without having to walk over to the ride.

 

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Got a Frozen fan but didn’t get a Frozen fastpass?  Try catching the parade or outdoor stage show so your child can see Anna and Elsa.  With the move to the old American Idol stage, there should be lots more Fastpasses available for this now. 

 

This is a pretty easy park to navigate with the DAS. I highly suggest that you get your pass at a different Guest Services location than the one at this park.  They aren’t the friendliest or the most compassionate.  Out of all the guest service locations , this one has given me the most trouble getting a pass.  If you must get it here , be prepared for lots of questions about what your child can and can not do, have your whole party together and pack lots of patience.  The Guest Services location is on the left directly after you enter the park.  

 

 

Missed the complete explanation of what the Disability Access Pass (DAS) is at Walt Disney World?  I covered that in this explanation post.