[QUOTE=Mickeybug;1084081]Thanks for clarifying. I guess that’s something they do more for mental than physical. I didn’t realize they printed different instructions on different cards. I thought situations where ppl were unable to stand in lines for a length of time were all the same. My bad .
My friend has a son who’s autistic and they never get in a hurry to get to any ride because once they get to one if there’s a FP line they flash their card and are always sent through there.
Thinking about it, it would make sense that since not all disabilities are the same the accomodations wouldn’t be either. [/QUOTE]
No worries! I just wanted to put it out there so anyone who might read this didn’t expect Fastpass line access with every GAC.
The GAC is stamped by Guest Relations when it is assigned - there are different stamps that can be given, and some GACs may have more than one stamp. The Cast Members at each attraction are trained on where to direct the guest based on the stamp(s) on their GAC. However, each attraction is different, so even though you were directed to the Fastpass line at one attraction, you may not be directed there on the next attraction you visit.
GACs can help guests by allowing them to wait the standby wait time in a shaded/separate area (for heat/sun intolerance, claustrophobia, etc.) or to allow them access to the front rows of a show (for vision/hearing problems), or to allow them to use a stroller as a wheelchair, or any number of other things. In some cases, a guest may actually wait longer than the designated wait time based on the assistance that they need and the attraction’s method of accommodating it.
(Semi off-topic for the thread, but in response to your comment Mickeybug…)
I do think a GAC is great for guests with autism, because Cast Members are often not aware of what autism even is. I did a presentation to my fellow education Cast Members on research I did in college about guests with autism at Disney - they were shocked at how many kids they had interacted with that they now realized probably had autism. Without a GAC, if a guest’s child had autism and they tried to ask a Cast Member for a separate place to wait or a shorter wait time, the Cast Member might respond differently because they didn’t see any kind of disability. With the GAC, the guest doesn’t have to try to explain their situation to every Cast Member - they explain it once to Guest Relations, and then the Cast Members respond to the instructions Guest Relations put on the card with no questions asked. A GAC can make a big difference! :happy: