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  • On Jan 25, 2012
    Janet from NY 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.

    My husband will be traveling to Walt Disney World with a broken shoulder. We were wondering if there were any special services available to him and also if there are any limitations as to which rides he will be able to go on.

    Hi Janet! Sorry to hear about your husband's injury but hope he is on his way to a full mend of his shoulder!

    The first thing you need to do is to visit your local physician and get a list of any particular limitations for your husband to follow. If you feel this would help then also have the doctor note this in writing to bring with you.

    When you enter each of the parks head to Guest Services and present them with the note or just explain the situation of your husband's health.  They will give you a Guest Assistance Card which is something you will show the cast members who are at each attractions. This does not mean you will be moved to front of lines etc but instead will help the cast member know you will need special assistance with loading or unloading on attractions.  Please always let them know exactly what you need such as slowing the vehicles down.

    Obviously your husband will want to avoid all the roller coaster type rides or those that will jerk him around such as Star Tours in Hollywood Studios.  If you have any question about what kind of ride something will be like then stop and ask the cast member at the entrance to explain.  Some look like they will be wild and are not and some look tame and are a bit wild!  He will also need to know that certain attractions will require a seat belt and if that is uncomfortable then avoid them as well.

    If you have the chance I suggest you purchase a great book written for those with disabilities who will be visiting Walt Disney World. It describes the attractions and gives suggestions for all manners of what the disability might be.  The book is: Passporter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World.  Written by Deb Wills and Debra Martin Koma.

    I know you will enjoy your stay. Just relax and take the pace that is most comfortable for you and your husband and return again some day when you can experience those things you will need to miss on this trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Kay, Indiana

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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