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  • On Jul 17, 2019
    Shannon from KY Asked

    I just found out I need Achilles Tendon Surgery in Oct. Our Trip was already planned 12/18. Dr said I will still need to have a brace & I will still be healing; therefore I need to get off my feet whenever possible.What are my options at Disney 

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Shannon!

    I’m sending you lots of positive pixie dust and wishes that your surgery and recovery are quick and easy. You’ve got a friend in me, because I also had foot surgery last year, and I visited Walt Disney World Resort several times with a broken foot as I was recovering. Disney magic has healing powers -I was able to have a wonderful time, and I know you will too!

    Of course, you will want to follow your doctor’s orders when it comes to how much you’ll need to be off the foot and how to take care of yourself. I have a few tips for you to make the most out of a visit while recovering from foot surgery:

    -If you still can’t tolerate bearing weight, I highly recommend renting an ECV. This way, you can keep off your foot and still make your way around. I was so nervous about someone stepping on my foot or hitting me with a stroller, and an ECV provides protection from that.

    -There are some great accommodations available for Guests with disabilities. Disability Access Service offers the option to queue for an attraction digitally so you can sit down and wait for a return time. Take a look at the Services for Guests with Disabilities web page to see what options might allow you to best care for your healing foot and, when you arrive, stop by Guest Relations to request services. If you'll have an ECV, you can even check which attractions allow you to stay in your ECV and which require you to transfer, along with other important mobility information.

    -Aside from Mickey and Minnie Mouse, my best friends while at Walt Disney World with a healing foot were ice and ibuprofen. Make sure to take a lot of breaks - shows and Table-Service meals are a great opportunity to get off that foot. When you return to your resort hotel room for a break, elevate your foot and apply ice (I packed gallon resealable bags and my husband filled them with ice from the ice machine). I experienced a lot of swelling, so be sure to drink lots of water, too.

    Shannon, you are going to Walt Disney World this December! I hope you are able to look forward to all the magic as you recover from your surgery – while you’re resting, take time to enjoy the planning videos, read the Disney Parks Blog, and come see us here on the Disney Parks Moms Panel if you have questions. There is so much merry magic in the air during the holidays all around the theme parks, resorts, and Disney Springs, and you will be in the middle of all the festive fun before you know it!

    Wishing you all the best, and a 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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