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  • On May 20, 2021
    Ashleigh from OR Asked

    I want to take my hubby & 12 yr old son to Disney world for about a week.How do I start planning? Packages? & My husband is a paralyzed Army veteran.(he will be using his power wheelchair 100%.) which rides can he ride? Can we skip the line?

    Hi Ashleigh,

    Welcome back to planDisney! Thanks for stopping by with another great question! And, huge thanks to your husband for his service in the U.S. Army.

    I am so happy to hEAR that you are planning a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort! First, I suggest that you price vacation packages for the dates of your visit. When you price those vacation packages, Special Offers should come up if any are applicable to the dates of your visit. As you search vacation packages, you should be able to compare prices across different Disney Resorts Collection hotels.

    When you search, you can also check the box to search for accessible rooms. While searching, you will need to identify the number of theme park ticket days. Once you have your vacation package booked, be sure to link that package in My Disney Experience.

    After you link your vacation package in My Disney Experience, make Disney Park Pass system reservations. You all will need a park pass reservation for each day that you have valid theme park admission. As you plan, keep an eye on the theme park reservation availability calendar for the dates of your visit.

    If your husband uses a power wheelchair, he would not necessarily qualify for the Disability Access Service. This service is designed for those who cannot tolerate long lines. For Guests in wheelchairs or electric conveyance vehicles (ECV), I suggest you speak with a Cast Member at each attraction to find out how they make accommodations. Some attractions require that the Guest be able to transfer to the ride vehicle while others allow the Guest to remain in the wheelchair. Check the Services for Guests with Mobility Disabilities to review the ride requirements. 

    We just returned from a visit to the Walt Disney World Resort. One of my fellow panelists was in an ECV. Each attraction had different procedures for storing the ECV. At Disney's Animal Kingdom, on Kilimanjaro Safaris, we were sent through a separate line for folks with wheelchairs or ECVs. He stored his ECV in the area near the boarding platform for the safari vehicle and it was in that same spot when we returned. On other attractions, he transferred to the ride vehicle in one location and then Cast Members moved the ECV to the attraction exit so that it could be more easily accessed after we rode the attraction.

    Ashleigh, I hope this helps! I also hope you know that you are planning to visit just after the launch of The World's Most Magical Celebration. What an exciting time to visit!

    Magic and memories, 
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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