• On Jun 17, 2019
    Rosanna from AZ 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.

    My 13-year old son broke his ankle and will be in a cast during our trip the week of 4th of July. We are staying at the Grand Floridian. What arrangements can we make to for him at the resort, in the parks and on rides? How do I make them ahead of time?

    Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Rosanna.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your son’s injury. I had to navigate Walt Disney World Resort in a walking cast during spring break a couple of years ago and while it was definitely inconvenient, it was manageable. If your son is on crutches, I would strongly recommend using a wheelchair for getting around the Parks and the hotel. You’ll find wheelchairs available for rent in each of the Theme Parks and Disney Springs, and you may be able to request one for use at the hotel, too. For the Theme Parks, wheelchairs cannot be reserved in advance, are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be returned at the rental counter prior to leaving the Park (so make sure he also has his crutches). Just ask the concierge at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa for information about how to acquire a wheelchair for use at the hotel during your stay.

    One other suggestion is to make sure you have some way to protect his cast from getting wet. During the summer, you can expect a rainstorm pretty much every afternoon. Having a bag or plastic cover for the cast will be essential for those moments, but it will also come in handy for water rides like Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park or Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

    For more information or to contact Disability Services, check out the Services for Guests with Mobility Disabilities information on the Walt Disney World Resort website, and please let us know if you have any additional questions.

    Best wishes,
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