Sensory Break Areas in Magic Kingdom

For guests with sensory disorders the thought of going to a crowded theme park can be  overwhelming. Here at Theme Park Dads we made a video to help take some of the mystery out of what to expect so everyone can have a chance to enjoy visiting Mickey. Disney actually does a wonderful job working with guests with all types of disabilities. They publish a guide for guests with cognitive disabilities that you can read or print to take to the park with you by clicking here.

What I (Tim) have done in the video below is visit the places Disney suggests in the guide (see page 29 of the guide) as possible locations for a sensory break. I filmed them with the mic on a setting that is not typically used in vlogs.

Stereo (aka Shotgun)
The setting most people use when making vlogs. The mic only pics up what is in front of it. This isn’t helpful for giving someone with sensory issues an accurate idea of how somewhere will actually sound.
Raw Mid-Side
This is the mic setting I use to help give viewers an idea of what locations may actually sound like for someone with sensory issues.

It is our hope that you find this video helpful. We plan on shooting similar videos in all the parks. If you find this video helpful, we would appreciate it if you would like the video on and share it on as many social media outlets as you use. We would also appreciate it if you would follow/subscribe to us on our social media accounts. It really will help us be able to expand what we do.

I (Tim) want to mention one final thing before you watch the video. Being able to make videos like this is important to me if it helps someone with cognitive disabilities accomplish a dream. Before I moved to Florida I worked as a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional. I was basically a treatment team leader for the individuals on my caseload. In addition to leading the interdisciplinary team one of my jobs was to figure out what each person wanted to accomplish in life and try to help him/her achieve it. I miss that. That is the main reason for the video. I hope you enjoy it and that it is helpful.




I grew up in Southeastern Kentucky where everyone loves basketball. I am married to Marty and we have three daughters, two sons-in-law, one grandson, and a Japanese Bobtail cat named Luna. I didn’t get to go to my first theme park until my second daughter was four months old. We came to Magic Kingdom that year and I was hooked. We moved to Central Florida in 2017 and became annual pass holders at Disney World. Now we are in the parks almost every week. In my time here I have learned a lot about Disney, but I feel as though I have only scratched the surface. That is why I am excited about sharing the experiences and things I learn along the way. I would love to hear from you. Let me know what you want to learn about a trip to Disney. I may write a blog about it.