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  • On Jan 6, 2010
    Luis from TX Asked

    Family of 6, boys 12 and 6, girls 7 disabled & 4 yr, Wondering if it would be best to stay on the park resorts, or get a rental off premises, with a rental car.  If a resort, which one sleeps 6 and has wheelchair access, priced right.

    Luis:

    You'll find Disney very accommodating for wheelchair users--it's the "sleeps 6" that usually is a little more difficult!  Price may be relative when it comes to convenience and a chair, so let's explore all of your options:

    A two-bedroom Villa: gives ample space with a full kitchen and two baths.  I would choose either Boardwalk or Beach Club Villas for their boat access to Epcot and Disney or Bay Lake Towers for its monorail to Magic Kingdom and Epcot. (Bus transportation, while accommodating to guests in wheelchairs, can be cumbersome if your daughter will not be transferring to a seat and needs to use the lift and lock downs.)

    A Deluxe Room at Boardwalk Inn or Wilderness Lodge. These lesser-known rooms sleep 6 and are usually found on concierge level floors offering you breakfast, snacks, and desserts that can really help curb your food budget. Be aware that some wheelchair users have issues with the boat transport to the Magic Kingdom from the lodge.

    Family Suite at the All-Star Resorts. Your most economical option aside from reserving two Value rooms comes with two bathrooms and a kitchenette.  There are no elevators for these buildings, so ask for a first-floor accessible room. Downside: bus transportation-only to the parks.

    Accessible Cabin at Fort Wilderness. These cabins are wider than the standard cabin and offer a ramp to their deck and a low-sided tub in their bath. There's plenty of room in the living area to park the chair in comparison to the family suite, and the full-size kitchen may offset the upgrade in price. Although you only have bus transport to the parks (boat to MK), with boys, the cabins should be a hit and the nightly campfire a plus.

    Last thought: check out the pictures of accessible rooms under Accommodations at www.allears.net.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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