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  • On Feb 27, 2008
    Kimberly from OH 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 will be down in Sept. 2008. Due to mobility issues, I must use an EVC. My knees/problems keep me from enjoying many rides/attractions. I don't want to keep my son/husband from the fun, so I send them off. Any ideas on what I can do in an EVC, by myself?

    I have a few recommendations to keep you magically entertained.

    The “Treasure Hunts at Walt Disney World” book is a way for you to discover all the things your husband and son are missing. If you like puzzles, this book is for you. If a question requires riding, skip it, send your family off to get the answer or start a conversation with a Cast Member. They are a wealth of knowledge.

    For instance, while your family has gone to an attraction in Tomorrowland, you can wheel your EVC to find out “how many gears make up the Carousel of Progress sign” or “what are turkey legs called at the Lunching Pad”. In fact, my mother has some trouble walking too and I may enlist her to help me with the trivia on our trip in June.

    I also like finding Hidden Mickeys. “Hidden Mickey: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets” by Steven Barrett is one place to start. My 8-year old adventurer is a Hidden Mickey seeker. What is a Hidden Mickey? A Hidden Mickey is an image concealed by the Imagineers in the design of an attraction, resort, etc. Sometimes Mickey’s silhouette is hidden in plain sight.  Many of these will require actually going on the ride so this would be my second choice for you. You could highlight the ones that would be easy for you to locate and look for them while on your “treasure hunt”.

    Another good pastime is the “Imagineering Field Guide” written by the Imagineers. They are compact books, inexpensive and a delight to read while actually looking at the designs. For instance, while your family is on Primeval Whirl in the Animal Kingdom, you can discover nearby a paving style that challenged the Imagineers.

    I’ve also used these ideas for myself when my husband and son go off to enjoy an attraction that I am skipping due to motion sickness. These can also be used by frequent travelers to WDW that want to experience the parks in a new way. You can impress your family with your discoveries when they return. They’ll be surprised how busy Mom has been!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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