Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On May 29, 2015
    Darren from NY 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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    I want to visit WDW with my 5 yo daughter and her elderly grandmother. Her grandmother probably will not be able to be with us the whole time each day so wanted recommendations on best way to plan this so that she can join us for less strenuous activities.

    Hello Darren,

    I'm happy that your daughter will be making lasting memories with her grandmother.  There is a special relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren that is cherished for a lifetime.  You will want to choose a resort that has easy access to the theme parks so that grandmother can rest up during those times when she is not with you.  I highly recommend any of the monorail resorts:  Disney's Grand Floridian, Disney's Contemporary Resort, or Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.  These resorts are closest to the Magic Kingdom where you'll likely be spending a lot of your time.

    These resorts also have some excellent restaurants so try and make an Advanced Dining Reservation at one of them so it's easy for grandmother to join the rest of the family for a meal.

    If grandmother has mobility issues, you may want to think about renting an Electric Conveyance Vehicle or ECV so she is able to get around the theme parks without difficulty.  At the bottom of the web page, you will also find companies where you can rent the vehicle for your entire trip.  They will deliver the ECV to your resort and pick it up at the end of your trip.

    Grandmother may also qualify for a Disability Access Service Card or DAS card which makes it easier for guests who cannot tolerate long waits at attractions.

    And don't forget to purchase Memory Maker.  You will want to capture photos of your entire family so your daughter can always remember the trip she took with her grandmother.

    Wishing you pixie dusted memories and a magical vacation!

    Leanne T. 
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Meet the Panelist: Leanne, Missouri

Walt Disney captured my heart as a little girl and has not let go since. As a parent and grandparent, I have been to the Walt Disney World Resort with children of all ages, and also as empty nesters. I would like to share my years of experience so that you are able to start your own tradition of Walt Disney World memories, just as I have. Learn More About Leanne

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