Hey WDW Radio blog readers! Aly Miller here with another entry from Lou’s Inbox:
“Lou, I have been listening to your show for about 5 weeks and I have a question that I am hoping you might be able to help me out with. We will be going to Disney World and have tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We would like to stay past the fireworks, but my son is autistic and is terrified (and I mean terrified) of them. Is there a place we can take him that he would not hear the booms and we could still be in the Magic Kingdom. Thank you so much! Erika”
Erika, so glad you wrote in! This can be a tricky situation when your little ones don’t like fireworks and the rest of the family wants to enjoy them. I have a few tips and tricks I learned from the father of my friend Max, who is a great little dude who doesn’t enjoy the sound of fireworks.
One thing to consider is to get a pair of noise cancelling headphones (the large ones that cover the entire ear). They make them in kid sizes and are useful for concerts, air shows, or really anything too noisy for little ears. These will deaden the sound; however if you’re too close he will still feel the vibrations, so you may want to combine that with location choice for a more complete solution.
Once you have your son’s ears covered, your next best plan would be to hang out as far from the noise as possible. During Christmas, the fireworks are typically shot off from behind Cinderella Castle as well as behind Space Mountain, in addition to the regular firing locations. (Special note: on the Tomorrowland bridge by the Merida meet and greet location, it sometimes feels like you are right under the fireworks because of their trajectory. This is a good place to avoid!)
Because the buildings in Walt Disney World are well-insulated to withstand hurricane-force winds, there are several good locations to wait out the fireworks show. Some of my favorites are the stroller return under the train station at the front of the park, inside Country Bear Jamboree (tip: you can remain in your seat through more than one show if needed), The Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. or Pirates of the Carribean.
I hope you and your son enjoy the Christmas party and all its fun attractions!
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