Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Nov 21, 2010
    Peter from MI 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.

    We will be at the park for a week starting 12/15-22/10. My daughter has Cerebral Palsy and I am wanting to make this a special trip. I have heard that Disney Parks try or have special accomadations for handicap children. What is your recomendation?

    Hi Peter,

    I have a son w/ CP & have found WDW a great place to travel w/ kids w/ special needs. Visit Guest Relations at the 1st theme park you visit & request a Guest Assistance Card (GAC) for your daughter (DD) which will alert Cast Members (CM) at each attraction she requires special assistance. The GAC will allow her & up to 5 other members of your party access to alternate queues where available.

    If your DD uses a stroller as a wheelchair, be sure to tell them when you are at Guest Relations getting the GAC. They'll need to stamp the GAC to indicate that "Guests can use their stroller as a wheelchair" in addition to the "Guests can use an alternate attraction entrance, where available".  Be sure to get a red band to put on her stroller & put it in a location that CMs can easily see - I put it on the handle. If your DD uses a wheelchair, the GAC stamped with "Guests can use an alternate entrance, where available" should be all that you need.

    WDW is a great place for people w/ limited mobility. There is a section on the WDW website devoted to Guests with Limited Mobility.  Under that section is a list of attractions at each of the parks that allow Guests to remain in their w/c & which require Guests to transfer from w/c or ECVs & be ambulatory to board. There are some attractions where wait times may be longer b/c of special ride vehicles for Guests confined to w/c.

    If your DD has any special dietary concerns (my son only eats soft or pureed foods) be sure to mention that when making your reservations or contact at least 48 hrs prior to arrival.

    I'm out of room but if you have additional ?s, visit me again - I'm happy to help! Wishing you magical memories :-) Allison
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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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