Next year my family and I are planning a reunion in Huntington Beach, and I would love if we can get as many of us together for a day in the parks. A challenge we have is that my cousin has a (currently) 3-year-old daughter who has autism. As of today, she doesn't talk or walk, and does not react well to being around too many people. That certainly makes it difficult to gauge how she will handle being at Disneyland with a park full of people. At the same time, we should not deprive her of the chance to be positively stimulated by the environment, the background music, any characters that may make her smile, or any rides that will make her happy. Certainly if she is not doing well, we can take her home, but we would love the opportunity to try, hoping it's a great place for her.
Does anyone here have children with autism, or know of others who bring their autistic children to the park? Can anyone share stories of what rides, characters, shows, etc., their autistic children have responded to? I understand autism is subjective and each child responds differently. However, if we can gauge ahead of time what the environment may be like for her, we can see if it's the right place for her overall.