Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Apr 13, 2013
    Jennifer from ON 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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    Son is almost 2 & can't sit up without support. We have a Kimba Pediatric Wheelchair@t home for him but it is bulky for travel (plane). Thinking to bring him in a stroller. Would it be better to bring a wheelchair or a stroller? Anything special to kno

    Hi Jennifer! I am sure you are all getting excited about your upcoming Disney vacation. Traveling with young children can be a challenge as far as what is best to pack and bring.

    For the decision whether to bring your son's wheelchair or a stroller I feel this is going to be about what is best for him for long durations of time. You will be in the parks for hours at any given part of a day. If the wheelchair will be more comfortable for him then I sincerely feel it is worth the added bulk to bring it with you. You can gate check the chair which is usually better for items such as this and then you will have it immediately once you land.

    While traveling on the Disney transportation vehicles you will be able to keep it together and not folded where all strollers must be folded for the bus rides. This might prove difficult for you to get your son out of the stroller constantly every time you need to take a bus. Most boats except for the very small ones allow wheelchairs to remain upright as well as monorails. You can even request handicap taxis for wheelchair use if you find you need that.

    Stop at each park's Guest Relations desk and inquire about the Guest Assistance Pass for your son. This will allow him to remain in his chair during the attraction lines and even possibly use alternative entrances which might be easier for him. Getting children in and out of strollers can be tedious and very hard on both children and parents.

    Last thought for the wheelchair over the stroller is that most restaurants will allow something like the wheelchair to be brought into the establishments but likely will not allow strollers. Although you have reason for the stroller it would be easier to not have to explain each time you wish to dine.

    Again your son's comfort is first priority. My vote....pediatric wheelchair!
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