Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Mar 21, 2009
    Patricia from AR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    i am bringing my mentally/physically handicapped sister to wdw. we are planning on staying in the cabins in the wilderness. do u think this is a good place for someone like her. She is large and has a hard time getting around without her walker.


    Thank you for coming to us with such a delicate question.  You must care deeply about your sister, and how wonderful of you to think of your sister's comfort.

    I do think that Fort Wilderness would be a lovely choice for you both.  To help her with any mobility issues, my suggestion would be to ask for one of the many cabins that are handicap accessible.  You will find that they have an outside access ramp and, once inside, are about two feet wider than a standard cabin.  This added width provides guests in wheelchairs easy access to the private bedroom and more space in the bathroom.  The large living/dining space is spacious.  I think all of these amenities would prove beneficial for your sister.  (FYI: The cabin I toured while scouting the fort for a paraplegic family member had a low-walled tub, not a roll-in shower.  If you have a preference, let Disney reservations know.)

    The internal bus stops are probably within a shorter distance than those found at the resorts.  However, if you would like door-to-door transportation, you may want to either consider renting an ECV for the trip  or an electric cart while at the fort.  You can make reservations for the electric carts by calling 407-824-2742.

    Wishing you--and your sister--a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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