Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On May 11, 2011
    Mindy from QC 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.

    Going to a trip to WDW with a friend with muscular dystrophy. I'm worried if she falls off her wheelchair (likely in our hotel room), I can't pick her back up. Knowing WDW employees aren't allowed to physically lift guests, what to do in this situation?

    Hi Mindy,

    What an awesome friend you are to plan ahead for your trip with your friend.  The resorts at Disney do offer handicapped accessible rooms so hopefully you've requested one of those rooms.

    You may want to consider renting a lift for your stay.  There are companies in the Disney area that rent all types of medical equipment and will deliver them to your resort.  One such company is Care Medical Equipment (  They do have a toll-free number on their website that is good for the U.S. and Canada.

    If you decide that you want to rent a lift and you think it may be helpful to assist your friend transferring from her wheelchair to the bed, make sure your room has a bed that isn't boxed in around the bottom.  You'll need to be able to roll the lift underneath the bed in order to assure you're close enough for her to make the transition.

    Wishing you many 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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