Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Mar 1, 2010
    Nancy from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have my own power chair, will I be able to access rides and all? What are my limitations? Will my power chair be secure if I need to leave it?

    Hi Nancy,

    WDW is awesome at accommodating guests in wheelchairs. Stop by Guest Relations to request a Guest Assistance Card. This card will alert Cast Members (CM) that you may require special assistance. The WDW website has a link for Mobility Disabilities that will give you info on navigating the resorts & parks.

    You will also find a list of attractions at each of the parks where you can remain in your wheelchair & those that require guests to transfer from their wheelchair in order to board. Attractions that allow you to remain in your wheelchair sometimes have a little more of a wait for the vehicles that accommodate wheelchairs. If you have any questions before boarding an attraction, be sure to see a CM at the entrance.

    Shows have handicapped accessible seating & there are handicapped viewing spots along parade routes. Spots are limited & available on a first come basis. Some locations such as Fantasmic only allow 1 person to sit with a guest in a wheelchair & other members of their party are directed to companion seating (nearby if available).

    If you elect to transfer from your chair to board an attraction, a CM will direct you where to "park" it.  Your chair should be secure while you are on the attraction but do not leave any valuables or things that you can't live without with your chair. CMs are not responsible for your chair or anything you leave with it. 

    Safety is Disney's # 1 concern so depending on your mobility out of your chair, you may not be able to experience every attraction. CMs are not allowed to lift guests on or off attractions. While you may not be able to experience everything at WDW, I know you'll have an amazing time with the things you do.

     

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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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