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  • On Oct 4, 2023
    Laura from england Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My 5 year old broke his arm two days ago and is now in a cast. We fly to Florida three weeks tomorrow. Will there be many rides he won't be allowed to ride? And what about the water parks? Any top tips for keeping him cool? Thanks , laura

    Laura, welcome to planDisney!

    I'm so sorry to hear about your child's injury. How sad! Hopefully, he'll heal up at lightyear speed and be able to enjoy his upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort.

    Last year, about a month before I was due to travel to The Most Magical Place on Earth, I broke my rib in three places playing football (the Americans call it soccer, but I refuse to use that term). I remember hearing the crack when I hit the floor. My first thought was, "Oh no, I won't be able to ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind!" Thankfully, the ride is so incredibly smooth I was able to experience it (numerous times!) and live to tell the tale on the planDisney podcast. However, I definitely had some extra nerves the first time I rode it. 

    In fact, I was able to enjoy most of the rides at Walt Disney World during that trip. However, there were a few jerky rides (e.g. Space Mountain, Expedition Everest, Test Track, etc.) that I had to avoid because I didn't want to risk reinjuring myself. Although your son has a different injury, I would anticipate most of the attractions being okay for him to ride. However, when it comes to the more thrilling rides, it probably depends on his comfort level. Since he is only 5 years old he might not like the more thrilling rides anyway.

    He'll also need to be able to fit inside any ride harnesses with his cast. And when it comes to rides that involve getting wet (e.g. Kali River Rapids), he'll want to cover his cast with something waterproof. The water parks might be difficult for him to enjoy without getting his cast wet.

    Personally, I would seek advice from his doctor prior to traveling. I might even connect with the Disability Service Cast Members and get their input. Once you arrive at your first theme park, stop by Guest Relations and they can help answer any questions you might have.

    As essential as fun is to a Walt Disney World trip, safety is of utmost importance. I trust your family will still have a wonderful time, Laura.

    When it comes to keeping cool, Laura, you're actually traveling to Orlando at a great time of year. It shouldn't get too hot during your stay. In fact, the mornings will be really comfortable. It'll probably get quite warm around mid-afternoon. If you want to take a break from the sun, there are lots of air-conditioned spaces around the parks, such as stores, restaurants, and indoor attractions. These places provide a great respite from the warm weather. You can also purchase a spray fan (we have these for our kids), which not only keeps kids cool but can be a form of entertainment! Also, did you know you can get free ice water from any quick-service restaurant? Staying hydrated is a great way to keep cool. Finally, there are also some water play areas located in the theme parks, such as Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station at Magic Kingdom Park and the newly opened Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana at EPCOT. As long as he has his cast covered, he should be able to enjoy these areas. So you have lots of options when it comes to keeping cool!

    I hope that's helpful, Laura! Thanks for stopping by planDisney.

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