Headphones or earplugs might help with the noise of the crowds, rides, and fireworks. thats what we did with my Daughter who is very sensitive about sound. I kept my mp3 player close whenever i needed to. also travel flashlights for rides like Peter Pan or POTC. That way it wouldnt disturb other guests but would help your son (with the dark). I work with Autistic Chidren as a play therapist and Ive helped a few clients plan their disney trips (its helps to love disney! LOL). I def agree with the 3D movies, if your husband wants to see the Bugs Life one at AK, walk into the theatre and out the other door and wait on the steps. the CM give kids who are waiting or got scared plastic/rubber bugs to play with (at least they did while we were there 2 yrs ago) my daughter freaked out and was only calmed by a rubber lady bug! lol
i also love the idea of having the characters waving from a far. maybe yu could get someone to sign an autograph book that way hed have a souvenir from the characters.
The Play area across from Winnie the Pooh ride is GREAT. has climbing things, tunnels and water to get wet. same with the dino bone yard at AK. I DONT recommend the Bugs Life play yard at MGM (or Hollywood studios) because its busy and hard to keep track of kids (my personal opin of course).
If your son needs structure, maybe make a picture schedule for him of the rides, restaurants, shows, etc.
hopes this helps.
Karen S.K. fellow scrapbooker and disney addict since September 12th, 1985
It all started with a mouse..... and noone in my family can stop it!!!:mickey: