Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 16, 2015
    Martina Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, I'm planning to travel to Disneyworld with my four kids aged 8, 6, 6 and 4 and my 82 year old mother. Any advice you can give to make the best of our days there considering the age difference and the fact that my mother cannot walk long distances? Thks


    Thinking through mobility issues before your vacation will ensure that you bring home fond memories. I've planned several trips to Disney with grandparents. Even though Disney is one of the most ADA-compliant locations you'll visit, planning ahead allowed us to avoid embarrassing situations and maximize our time. A few things to consider:

    • Visit Disney's site for guests with disabilities. This comprehensive site provides planning information including park maps with ride cautions like the fact that she may want to avoid Pirates of the Caribbean where you must step down into the boat to ride. TIP: We enjoy more shows than rides on the trips that include grandparents.
    • If your mother does not own a wheelchair, I would consider renting one for this vacation. You can either rent one from Disney while you're in the parks or choose an approved ECV rental for your length of stay. Depending on your resort, you may be walking as much outside of the parks as inside.
    • Plan your days around your mother's best "body" time. If she needs more time in the morning to get around, pick your FP+ selections accordingly. This is one reason I love the new FP+ system. No longer must you get to the parks at rope drop to hit your favorite attraction before lines form.
    • Regardless of age, I always recommend that guests take a break from the parks in the afternoon. Your children can enjoy your resort's pool while she rests.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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