• On Apr 10, 2017
    Teri from IL 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.

    We are going to Disney World in May. My 13 yr old daughter has had health challenges for the past year that make it so she tires easily. We are concerned about her handling all the walking. She is about 80 lbs and too old for a stroller. Advice?

    Hi Teri! There is no question that when you plan a vacation at Walt Disney World you will also be planning on a lot of exercise. I have been astonished at how many miles our family treks through the parks each day.

    I strongly suggest you consider renting a wheelchair for your daughter to use during your stay. The parks have Wheelchair Rentals but they are on a first come basis. During busy times it might be harder to get one each day although I have not seen them run out. Your best bet is to call one of the authorized outside rental companies that Disney recommends and rent through them for the length of your stay. They have children sizes as well and they will deliver and pickup from your resort.

    Now your daughter might be resistant to having a wheelchair as young teens are searching for their independence. I suggest you make it her project to plan on decorations for it and help her buy supplies that will allow her to make it her own. Explain to her that she does not need to be in it all the time but it is there in case she needs a rest and no free seating is available. By decorating it she can have something that no other guest will have in the parks.

    If she does not want to sit in it much she can push it and that alone is a bit of a rest. Let her know she will simply be taking her own chair with her in the parks since they do not allow folding chairs or stools. 

    By renting from the outside vendors you can have it at your resort to use as well. When traveling to and from the parks she does not have to sit in the chair if she does not wish to on the buses. The use of the seat is up to her and you will know when to guide her to take a rest now and then. It would be money worth spending knowing she will be as comfortable as possible. The heat alone in Florida is hard for anyone and add some humidity and it becomes difficult. Stay hydrated too!
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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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