Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Mar 27, 2013
    Tauni 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.

    I have a son in a wheelchair. I've read the parks say they are ADA accessible, but I'm wondering how accessible the attractions and rides really are? How many rides could we take him on? Are there other special or specific accommodations for handicapped

    Hi Tauni, 

    Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question!  I understand your concern, my husband often needs a wheelchair, although he is not totally reliant on his Assistive device, he does use it frequently.  I am happy to tell you that most attractions are truly accessible, provided your son is able to transfer, or you are able to help him transfer.  

    Upon arrival, please stop at guest relations and pick up a Guest Assistance Card.  You will have to explain your son's medical needs to the Cast Member in order for them to decide what type of accommodations will be needed.  My husband has never been asked for any type of medical documentation, but we do always bring a Doctor's note just in case.  

    When you arrive at the attraction, show the Cast Member your Guest Assistance Card.  The Cast Member will then direct your party to an alternate entrance where your son will be able to transfer onto the attraction.  Some attractions such as its a small world and Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid allow wheelchairs to be wheeled directly onto the attraction.  Walt Disney World Maps provide details concerning transfers and will give you a better idea about what is to be expected at each attraction.  

    I find the Guests with Disabilities to be very helpful, as well as the Printable Guides that can be found on the right hand side of the above page.  

    Please let me know if you have any other questions regarding accessibility, or anything else while planning your Walt Disney World Vacation.  I would be happy to help.

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Meet the Panelist: Stephanie, Ontario

I'm a Canadian mom with so many wonderful memories at Walt Disney World Resort!  I would love to use my experience in  traveling with toddlers, children, tweens and guests with limited mobility to help others experience all the magic Disney has to offer. Learn More About Stephanie

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