Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Jan 6, 2010
    Gary from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are looking at April 2-11, primetime Spring Break time or some time this summer to go. The wrinkle is that our daughter has cerebral palsy (11 yo) & is in a wheelchair & we're worried about the crowds. What is the best trip timing of the 2 optio

    Hi Gary,

    WDW is a great place for children with special needs!  The crowds will be heavy during spring break & in the summer too. You may be better off coming as soon as school is out for the summer if that is a possibility. If not & your daughter is sensitive to heat, then I'd recommend coming during April. Yes it will be crowded but its doable & less chance for extreme heat & humidity which could make it uncomfortable for her. There are a lot of people on "wheels"(strollers. ECVs & wheelchairs) all of the time at Disney & I've found it to be pretty handicap accessible. My son has CP too & we've never had a problem.

    Your first day inside a theme park, stop by Guest Relations & request a Guest Assistance Card. You'll only need to get one once which can be dated for the duration of your trip.  Make sure you show the card to a cast member at the entrance of an attraction to indicate you need special assistance.  Sometimes there are alternate entrances & sometimes there aren't.

    Please note that depending on the extent of your daughter's disabilities, Disney may not be able to accommodate her on every attraction.  Guide Maps for each park will indicate as to whether she will be allowed to remain her wheelchair or if she will be required to transfer out of the wheelchair to be allowed on the attraction. You know your daughter better than anyone & what her limitations are - just plan around them.  You may not get to do everything but can make the most of what you can do.  

    Disney's website has a place dedicated to special needs guests.  Click here to view it.  The better prepared you are, the more time you'll have to just relax & have fun as a family.  I have walked in your shoes at Disney World many times & I am happy to answer any additional questions that you have - please feel free to ask.  I hope you have a magical trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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