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  • On Dec 20, 2019
    Josh from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    So a week ago, my wife fractured her foot, and is in a walking boot. What should we do, or where should we go, that will help her when her foot starts to hurt her a bit more than normal?

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Josh!

    I see you’ll be arriving at the Walt Disney World Resort tomorrow, and I’m so excited for you! I’m so sorry to hear your wife fractured her foot – that is not magical, especially during the holidays, and extra especially when you’ve got a Disney adventure planned. I hope she’s recovering well and has minimal pain and swelling – sending her lots of healing pixie dust!

    I visited the Walt Disney World Resort multiple times last year with a broken foot, and I’m happy to share what I learned. I’m glad to hear you’re planning in advance for her to get off that foot when she needs to, because that’s my number one piece of advice.

    There is a First Aid Center in each theme park, and she will be able to sit in a comfortable chair, elevate the foot, and even request an ice pack if she needs one. If she needs a rest but doesn’t really need First Aid, I recommend popping in to a show. If she needs to be able to stretch out her leg, just speak to a Cast Member as you enter, as there is reserved seating for Guests with mobility disabilities, and she may be able to be accommodated there. There are fantastic shows in each of the theme parks; my favorites in each park are Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress in Magic Kingdom Park, The American Adventure in Epcot, Festival of the Lion King in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can’t go wrong with any of the shows, so use them as a chance to rest while seeing very talented performers and great entertainment!

    She can always pop into the seating area at a Quick-Service restaurant or even onto one of the many benches around the theme parks. When my foot would start to bother me, I would sit in the closest seating area and send my husband to grab a Starbucks or other snack or treat. People watching at Disney is fantastic, and I am very happy watching the world go by on Main Street, U.S.A., in Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, or in Epcot’s World Showcase. 

    If your wife finds that she is more uncomfortable than anticipated, there are wheelchair and ECV rentals available in each theme park. 

    Make sure she is stopping to rest, elevate, and ice her foot. I made a point of returning to our room for a mid-day break on our visits; I would fill a Ziploc bag with ice from the ice machine, prop my foot on pillows, and take a nap. I did the same thing before bed each night. This made a huge difference with swelling and my comfort level.

    I hope this helps your wife find some comfort during your upcoming visit. There is so much holiday magic waiting for your family, and I hope you all have the BEST time together!

    Wishing you a merry and magical vacation,
    Robyn
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Meet the Panelist: Robyn, Virginia

Hi there! I'm Robyn, and I am so excited to share my love of all things Disney with you! My proud military family loves going on Disney adventures that include enchanting moments, laughter and happy tears, and all the pineapple and Mickey-shaped snacks we can find. It's my pleasure to help you plan the most magical and unforgettable vacation in the Disney Parks. Learn More About Robyn

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