Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 4, 2009
    Jason from SK Asked

    Hi Erin. I saw your husband ruptured his achilles tendon. My husband just did this 2 weeks before our trip. He is in a regular cast (below the knee). Will he still be able to ride the big rides? Thanks!

    My hubby did rupture his achilles. I wish your husband a speedy a recover, and you lots of patience :-)

    We traveled a few days after his surgery, but not to WDW. If you're traveling by air, make sure you leave LOTS of extra time. Because of his cast, my husband had to be hand-scanned at security, which was a long process. We called ahead and had the airline provide a wheelchair to get from the airport entrance to the gate. This was a lifesaver because he found walking long distances to be very tiring.

    On to WDW: There are no specific prohibitions against casts on the WDW rides. You should obviously consult with your doctor about what is most appropriate for you, but I will tell you that I have seen guests on virtually every ride at WDW with casts and braces. When you're deciding whether to experience a ride, you'll need to think about not only the ride itself, but also access to it. For example, at Space Mountain, you step down into the car at a fairly steep angle. Deep steps were a big issue for my hubby during his recovery. Also, think about how you use your legs as a stabilizer. You are not putting weight on your legs during a ride like Space Mountain, but you may use your legs to brace yourself a bit during the turns. Is this an issue? Consider also whether the cast might get wet. If this is a problem, you're going to want to avoid Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids.

    A great resource for you would be the Passporter Open Mouse Guide to Walt Disney World. This book is available at many larger bookstores and from Amazon.com. It is by far the most comprehensive source of information for guests with ANY sort of disability including mobility problems, heart issues, allergies, vision and hearing issues, size issues, phobias, and the list goes on and on. Each attraction at the park is described in great detail in terms of the physical challenges associated with it. I think this book would go a long way to helping keep your hubby comfortable.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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