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  • On Dec 30, 2019
    Christy from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be attending Disney Jan 2020. My mother in law will be coming with us and is wheelchair bound. Are we able to get on and off rides faster with her even if she isn't able to ride? We would hate to leave her alone waiting for hours at a time.

    Howdy, Christy! 

    Oh, boy! A Disneyland Resort adventure with the extended family sounds excellent. The Disneyland Resort does a great job accommodating guests with physical and other disabilities. So you’ll be able to make many magical memories together. Many attractions allow guests to remain in their wheelchair or ECV. If guests are able to transfer from their wheelchair to an attraction ride vehicle, there are many more experiences available as well. Some attractions even offer an alternative experience for guests who are not able to climb stairs. Ask about these accommodations at Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough. As a bonus, those alternative experiences usually have little or no wait time.

    In many cases, guests may be unable to experience certain attractions. Or they may simply not want to. That’s OK too. If the attraction features the Rider Switch service, talk to the cast members at the entrance to the participating attraction to make arrangements for your party. Rider Switch isn’t just for families with small children. Any riders that won’t be able to experience the attraction need not wait alone while the others in the party experience an attraction. The Rider Switch entitlement granted to members of the party that will experience the attraction second will be able to bypass the standby line.

    Another way to reduce overall attraction wait times is to make use of the complimentary Disney FASTPASS service. With FASTPASS, members of your party can skip the standby line and experience participating attractions sooner. If you choose to split into multiple groups using FASTPASS, make sure to have enough time remaining on your FASTPASS return window for the second group to enter the FASTPASS queue before the window expires. Or you may speak with a Cast Member to ask for the FASTPASS selection of the second group to be converted to a Rider Switch entitlement to extend their opportunity to enjoy the attraction.

    Tony’s Tip: Disney FASTPASS is a great way to bring more magic to your Disneyland Resort vacation. To really maximize your time, consider adding Disney MaxPass to your theme park tickets. With MaxPass, you may be able to enjoy even more attractions using FASTPASS. It’s also so convenient to make FASTPASS selections from the Disneyland app on your mobile device rather than visiting the FASTPASS distribution points for each attraction. Plus, Disney MaxPass includes complimentary downloads of your Disney PhotoPass photos, including attraction photos. It’s a great way to hold on to your vacation memories forever.

    I hope you and your family have a magical time at the Disneyland Resort, Christy! Please stop by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with any additional questions you may have.

    ~Tony
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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! I’m excited to help you discover the storytelling magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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