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  • On Apr 29, 2009
    Peggy from VA 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 special needs child who requires a wheelchair for long periods of walking and standing, but not necessarily full time. Will this be a challenge at the park?


    Absolutely not. Walt Disney World has made getting a special needs child (or adult) around a much easier task than you may find at many other public venues. A few resources that I recommend you use to prepare yourself and so you can be certain that you take advantage of all the benefits that might be there to assist you include;

    • Passporter's Walt Disney World For Your Special Needs by Deb Wills
    This book is an exceptional resource for anyone preparing for a Walt Disney World vacation with a child or parent that has a special need, be it physical, dietary or other.

    This website, managed by Deb, has several wonderful resources along the same line. First hand accounts are particularly helpful to getting an idea of how easy/hard it can be to visit with a specific special need. Most important for you is the gallery of photographs that shows the attraction cars that have been designed for different rides to accommodate special needs riders.

    Know that you will find stroller/wheelchair parking areas next to most every attraction. You can leave their chair there whenever you don't need it.

    Final suggestion: HAVE FUN!

    Have a magical vacation!
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I am one of the Dads on the planDisney Panel, and I love to help parents plan their vacation, with a focus on showing them how it can be fun for them too. I am also here to help Dads plan some nice surprises for the Moms in their life (they deserve it!). Learn More About Doug

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