Disabled person on Kilimanjaro Safari
  • On Jul 14, 2021
    Beth from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Staying at AA in a Nemo suite. My friend health has declined greatly the past year (bad COPD). We are renting a scooter. Figure she can do a max 4 hrs. at park . She, her great granddaughter and I will be thereNov27-Dec5. Suggestions? I’m worried.

    Hi Beth!

    What a wonderful trip for your friend and her great-granddaughter! Spending time with extended family and friends at Walt Disney World is truly extra magical. It sounds like you are wisely looking at ways to still go on your trip while balancing your friend’s health. I can tell you must be the kind of friend we all need in our lives.

    Since it sounds like you have a nice long visit planned, I suggest you take it easy. Blessedly the weather should be quite comfortable at that time of year. Since you are staying at a Disney Resort Collection Hotel, I would consider visiting the parks in the morning, then returning to your resort after lunch to take a break. Maybe allow your friend to take a nap while you take the little one to the pool. Then you can head back to the parks in the evening for a few more hours of magic. I would also consider having a pool day about halfway through your trip where you don’t visit a theme park at all, but just enjoy the amenities at your resort.

    As a nurse, I do recommend you travel prepared. She should speak with her physician before the trip to make sure the doctor feels it is still safe to travel. While it may be challenging while on vacation, she should continue to follow her physician’s advice on diet, hydration, or fluid restrictions. Be sure she has a full supply of all necessary medications and her doctor’s contact information.

    Your friend may want to consider some mild training before the trip (with physician okay). Visit your friend in the weeks leading up to the trip and perhaps go for a short walk around the block. This can be valuable time together as friends, give you time to chat about the trip, and would be good for her health. It would help to build a little stamina so that she will be able to handle short distances if needed in the parks. Since you'll have a scooter, long distances shouldn't be an issue. Most queues accommodate scooters so she should be able to remain in her scooter most of the time.

    If your friend or her physician feels that waiting in the scooter in the queue could be detrimental to her health, she can inquire about a Disability Access Service Card (DAS Card) at Guest Relations. Depending on individual circumstances, this service may or may not be issued. This service would essentially hold your party's place in line. You would wait somewhere outside the queue, and return at the scheduled return time.

    I hope some of these ideas will work for your visit, Beth. Make this the trip to slow down and savor the sights and sounds of the parks. No need to run full speed to an attraction, enjoy the journey, and more importantly, the company.  

    Wishing you a magical vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort, Beth!
    - Kate
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