Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Mar 15, 2009
    Patricia from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Dear mom, I am a mother of three children: two young teenagers one is a boy and one is a girl and my oldest son is disable and is wheelchair 24/7. How would the accomodations help my husband and I get around the different parks and places.

    Hi there Patricia!

    Congratulations on your upcoming trip!  Many families who travel to Disney with a special needs child report that their experience was great, largely because Disney does a good job at making their experience both accessible and magical.

    Starting at the airport, Disney's Magical Express can accommodate a wheelchair.  You just need to specifically request your need for wheelchair access when you make your Magical Express reservation, so they can be sure to have an appropriate coach available to transport you to your resort.  You can make an online reservation for Magical Express by clicking HERE.  I would also recommend following up with a phone call to confirm your needs, by calling Disney's Magical Express at 866-599-0951.

    Once you arrive, you can use Disney transportation to get around the parks.  All WDW buses are wheelchair accessible, as are the monorails.  There are a few boats that are not accessible, but in all cases an alternate method of transportation is available.  In addition, inside the theme parks, there are many attractions that can accommodate a wheelchair (where a transfer is not required). When you arrive at your first park, I recommend that your first stop is Guest Relations.  Here, the Cast Member who assists you will provide you with a guidebook which can show via a map which attractions require transfer and which accommodate a wheelchair.  You'll also be given a Guest Assistance Card which will help the folks working the attractions direct you the best entrance for your family.   Finally, click HERE to be directed to Disney's site for guests with special needs for questions and information that I wasn't able to "squeeze" into  my answer. 

    I hope your three kids have a Disney trip as magical as they are!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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