Girls; best friends or sisters
  • On Dec 18, 2023
    Jeannie from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm planning our first trip to Disney World with my sister, who has osteoporosis and osteopenia (back/spine issues). Would you please recommend rides in each of the four parks that are Not jerky, bumpy or jostle a person around?

    Hi there, Jeannie, and welcome to planDisney!

    Your first trip to Walt Disney World Resort is sure to be nothing short of magical. Sharing those memories with your sister makes it even sweeter. It feels like yesterday when my own sister and I planned our first visit to your coast’s gem, Disneyland Resort. I am more than happy to help you with this piece of your vacation planning puzzle. 

    First of all, I’m truly sorry to hear about your sister’s back and spine issues, and I’m sending pixie dust her way! My husband also suffers from severe back pain, so I’m just your gal to point you in the right direction. There are attractions in each theme park that he tends to avoid, but most rides at The Most Magical Place on Earth are easy on his back. My go-to method for choosing attractions that are not as bad on the back is to look for rides that have no height requirement. There are numerous rides without height requirements, but these include classics like Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. If my babies could ride them while strapped to my chest all those years ago, I feel comfortable enough riding it now with my husband’s increased back pains. 

    I highly recommend that you review the attraction warnings before your visit. Although they are posted outside of attractions, you can view them by visiting each ride’s information on the Walt Disney World website (select “Show Safety, Accessibility, and Guest Policies”) and in the My Disney Experience App (select “Accessibility and Other Information”). This will give you a detailed warning that could include avoiding the ride if you have back or neck problems, etc. For example, one of my favorite attractions, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, has one of the smoothest rollercoaster tracks I’ve ever experienced, but the warning lists that back issues could be aggravated. 

    AN EXTRA GEM: Check out my friends’ planDisney Podcast episode that’s all about visiting the Walt Disney World Resort for the first time. It’s super informative, and you’ll hear everything you need to know about navigating the parks and maximizing your time before and during your vacation. 

    Have the BEST time next year as you explore the place that I like to call “home.” You two are going to enjoy every moment together, and if you do find that you need a bit of a pick-me-up, remember that DOLE Whip is always steps away. Jeannie, if you have any other questions about your upcoming vacation, revisit us here at planDisney! 

    Magic always,
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Meet the Panelist: LeAndra, Florida

Hey, Mouseketeer! I'm LeAndra, a wife, mom of two, and content creator from beautiful Central Florida. I've lived near The Most Magical Place on Earth for my entire life; so, I like to say that I'm a Guardian of this galaxy! My love of all-things-Disney has also taken me on multiple cross-country road trips to Disneyland Resort and on a few flights over to Disneyland Paris. I am oh-so-grateful to be a part of your world by helping you plan your magical vacations.  Learn More About LeAndra

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