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  • On Jun 16, 2022
    Jen from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello. So excited to be bringing my family of 8 to Disney in July. My brother-in-law has stage 4 esophageal cancer, and we'd like to make it an enjoyable, stress-free trip for him. Would love some advice :)

    Hiya, Jen!

    Walt Disney World is a lot, so first, look into Disney's Disability Access Service or DAS. This is meant to make it easier for guests with disabilities to wait for an attraction. You can pre-register for DAS to make sure you qualify and to begin planning for your upcoming visit. You have to do this at least two days prior to arriving, so now's the time to check it out. They'll ask what type of accommodations your brother-in-law may need DAS to help with, so give that some thought ahead of time. 

    Definitely consider renting an Electric Conveyance Vehicle (scooter). You are visiting at a busy time with peak heat and humidity, and a scooter is going to take away the stress of walking and standing, especially if your brother-in-law tires easily. They are available to rent at any theme park, and you can even take your receipt if you plan on park hopping so that you can rent at your new park at no additional cost. 

    Plan lots of downtime. Visit the parks early in the day and give him a chance to go back to your resort and rest or relax by the pool. Make indoor dining plans so there's a place to cool off at least part of the day, and if meeting characters is important, try to plan character meals to minimize time waiting in lines out in the heat. 

    Jen, make all the memories, have all the fun, and enjoy all the time you have together as a family. These moments will become magical, cherished memories, and I'm so glad you'll be able to experience them together. 

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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