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Disney Broadway Shows Offer Autism-Friendly Performances

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Disney is working with TDF in its continuing efforts to provide theater experiences to meet the needs of guests with autism or other sensory issues.

During autism-friendly performances, the house lights are dimmed, but not fully dark. Additionally, special effects involving strobe lights, loud noises, or audience seating are modified to be less jarring. Break areas will be available for guests who need to leave their seats during the performance and volunteers and autism specialists will be on hand to answer questions or provide assistance. Additionally, these showings are available at a reduced price compared to the cost of regular performances.

After some autism-friendly shows, there will be a “talk-back” which allows audience members to interact with the cast and Disney teaching artists.

The Disney shows with special performances are:

  • The Lion King, Sunday, September 29, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
  • Frozen, Sunday, November 17, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
  • Aladdin, Sunday, May 3, 2020, 1:00 p.m.

In addition to the Disney shows, autism-friendly performances will also be available at:

  • Wicked, Sunday, February 2, 2020, 1:00 p.m.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I, Sunday, March 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part II, Sunday, March 1, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

These performances are NOT listed on the shows’ regular website or through standard ticket brokers, they MUST be purchased directly via TDF. Tickets typically become available six to eight weeks in advance. To be notified when tickets go on sale, sign up for the TDF autism-friendly performance mailing list.

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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