Mom And Son On Run
  • On Jan 13, 2012
    Rachel from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    In april my family and I are visiting WDW. We are bringing my son who will be just shy of 3 and my semi disabled mom and I was wondering what are some suggestions for making this trip run smoothest as possible and to maximize our experience?

    Rachel, I have actually traveled with similar circumstances and it is best to do your homework before arrival.

    I think the biggest challenge is managing a stroller and wheelchair if that is going to be necessary. With the parks being large a three year old will tire after a while and anyone who has any sort of mobility challenges might enjoy the day with the option to sit in a wheel chair when possible.  Both can be rented at each park but the strollers are large and bulky and I always preferred bringing a small umbrella type.  They also sell them for around $55 at most of the resort and park shops.

    Study the attractions before arrival to learn if they are easy access and also height restrictions for the three year old. There are so many offered in each park it will be best if you can choose those that everyone can enjoy together on this trip versus having one person wait while others ride.  Check at the Guest Service desk for each park and ask about getting a Guest Assitance Card.  This will enable you to show it to each attraction cast member so they can assist in slowing a moving car down or allow you to enter in a different location that might not include stairs etc. This does not mean you will by pass lines as many hope.  It is simply a service for those that have extra challenges so they can enjoy their experience. Be sure and pick up a special Guide for Guests with Disabilities at each park.

    With so much magic at Walt Disney World just about anything you choose to do will offer a great experience.  Do a little bit of homework to pick out your top must do attractions, decide on mobility options for both the toddler and mother, be sure and get some advanced dining reservations, and start the countdown for the big trip. Be sure and ask us again for further specific questions that might come up while you are planning!
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Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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