Mom And Kids Mickey Ice Cream Bar
  • On Mar 7, 2011
    Elaine from MO 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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    We are staying at a WDW resort with a special needs child. Is it better to take the bus or drive our own car and use our handicap parking pass? I heard that it can still be a far walk to get into the parks even from the handicap parking area.

    Hi Elaine,

    I think your decision to drive or take a bus may depend on a few things & one may work better than the other depending on which park you're visiting that day. 

    If you're staying in a resort along the monorail line, that is a great way to get to the Magic Kingdom (MK) or Epcot.

    If you take a bus, there are times when there may a bit of a wait. If your daughter doesn't do well with waiting (or being in crowds), you may want to drive your own car. You'll also need to consider which resort you are staying at & where the nearest bus stop is to your room. Some of the resorts are really big & could add to your wait time.

    Also consider what time you plan to leave the park for the day. If its right after the nighttime parade, fireworks or at park closing, a lot of Guests will also be heading back to their resorts so the wait for a bus could be longer. Driving your own car could get you back to your resort faster.

    The handicapped parking area is located near the front entrance of each theme park with the exception of MK where parking is near the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC). You can take a tram from the parking lot to TTC or walk. Its a little bit of a walk but isn't horrible. From there, you will need to take the monorail or ferry boat to the Magic Kingdom - both of which are handicapped accessible.

    Taking a Disney bus would allow you to bypass getting to TTC & then making the journey to the Magic Kingdom because it would pick you up at your resort & drop you off near the park's entrance. 

    If you decide to drive & you want your daughter to save some energy, there are blue courtesy wheelchairs in the handicapped parking area, wheelchairs are available to assist Guests to get to the park entrances. Once inside, you can rent a wheelchair if needed.

    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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