Tree of Life at Sunset
  • On Jun 15, 2022
    Melissa from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My almost 6 yr old son is special needs, autistic, speech delayed, he tires easy and has low muscle tone what are the stroller restrictions for the theme parks? We need to get him something that fits his weight restrictions but want to follow park rules.

    Hiya Melissa,

    Welcome to planDisney! We are so happy that you are here and that we can be a part of your planning journey! I just know that you and your little Mousketeer will have a fantastic time at the Most Magical Place on Earth!

    Walt Disney World Resort, while magical, can undoubtedly be a lot for an adult, let alone a child, so I understand the need for a stroller to allow your little one to enjoy the Theme Parks comfortably. According to the Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules, strollers must not exceed the dimensions of 31" in width and 52" in length. If your stroller is smaller than these dimensions, you should have no problem bringing it with you on vacation! If you are worried about the dimensions of your stroller, Walt Disney World Resort does offer stroller rentals for a fee at all four Theme Parks and Disney Springs. You can also rent through ScooterBug, which is a Disney Featured Provider. These strollers are guaranteed to adhere to the property rules and may save you the steps of having to get out your measuring tape and measure your current one.

    One last thing, Melissa, I wanted to ensure that your little one has the best vacation possible, and I know sometimes the Theme Parks can be overwhelming for little Mouseketeers (big ones too). I wanted to share with you some of my and my fellow panelists' favorite spots to decompress within the Theme Parks and take a little break away from the crowds and sounds. In Magic Kingdom, my friend Alyssa loves Storybook Circus! It is tucked near the back of the Theme Park, but it has a little-known tent with seating and a place to charge your devices. Another option is the Carousel of Progress. It is technically an attraction, and it does play music and rotate, but it is air-conditioned, seated, and not too bright, so it is always my go-to when I'm feeling too hot from the Florida heat. At Disney's Hollywood Studios, steps away from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, check out Rizzo's Deluxe Supreme Banquet Hall on the top floor of PizzeRizzo. It has light music playing, is airconditioned, and is secluded. It is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of one of the busier Theme Parks. At EPCOT, I like The Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion. This giant aquarium is my absolute favorite spot to visit because it is so calming. You and your little one can take a seat and watch the fish swim by or walk around and explore the different tanks. Either way I'm sure he will be as mesmerized as I usually am. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, I like to take advantage of the seating area at Flame Tree Barbeque. It is charming, and if you stop by during off-peak hours (avoid lunch and dinner time), it is usually pretty empty. I like to look at the views of Mount Everest and the water. I will say that there are a ton of little spots just like that at Animal Kingdom, so if that one is too crowded, you can always locate another one nearby.

    I hope that y'all have the most magical vacation. Please come back and see us if there is anything else we can do to help.

    Happy Planning!

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, North Carolina

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in North Carolina. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our annual passes. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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