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  • On Mar 1, 2012
    Jenny from TX 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 take care of a 9 year old who doesn't walk and is mentally about a year old. Her family and I are heading to MK and Epcot in July and I will be on my own with her most of the day. Can you give me any good tips for us having wonderful days in both parks?

    Hi Jenny,

    It sounds like you have a very challenging and rewarding job.

    Your first stop should be the Guest Relations office at either theme parks. They can give you a Guest Assistance Card that will allow you special wheelchair-friendly access to some attractions. The cast members at guest relations can also provide you with maps and brochures for guests with mobility issues

    When my daughters were small they particularly liked interacting with the characters. You'll want to grab a copy of the free Times Guide when you enter the parks. This will give you the exact times and places of the the character greeting spots. The attractions in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom have lots of visual appeal. Try It's A Small World, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Peter Pan's Flight. 

    At Epcot, the Living Seas pavilion has a large aquarium and a gentle ride. The Journey to Imagination has a colorful attraction and some interactive play exhibits. There are also character greetings here as well. 

    In July, you'll want to make sure to keep cool. Show-type attractions such as the Country Bear Jamboree offer a nice respite from the heat. You can also make use of the baby care centers in the parks. Although these were designed for families with younger children, special needs caregivers also often use them. 

    A great resource for you would be the book Passporter's Open Mouse Guide to Walt Disney World. This is available through Amazon and larger book sellers. Open Mouse gives very detailed information on navigating the parks for guests with medical and mobility issues.

    Best of luck on your trip. Please come back if you have additional questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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