Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On May 12, 2013
    Stephen Asked

    My husband's not in a wheelchair but disabled with paralysed arm and diaphragm etc causing breathlessness & difficulty standing for long, climbing stairs etc! We (fam of 5) are in Disney in 12 days! Any tips to make life easier? Love the panel, thanks

    Hi Stephen,

    My first suggestion is to call and place a request to have your room located as close to the elevator / main lobby / transportation as possible. I'm not sure which Disney resort you are staying at, but some of them have quite a bit of distance between the rooms and the lobby. You don't want him out of breath before he even leaves the resort in the morning. Be sure that when you make the request you let them know that it is for medical reasons. You can also call the resort directly starting at 9 days prior to arrival to reiterate your request.  

    Once you first arrive at the parks, head straight to Guest Relations (which is located outside the main entrance of each park). Explain your husbands medical condition and see if he qualifies for a Guest Assistance Card. This will shorten his wait in lines, minimize standing, etc. Since each guest has individual needs, you'll want to clearly describe how best Disney can assist you in making your vacation run a bit smoother.

    Be sure to take plenty of breaks. I find that even without a medical condition, I'm often out of breath and my legs are tired. Disney vacations are incredibly fun, but can be exhausting as well. Make sure you get lots of rest and stay hydrated.

    Wishing you a wonderful vacation,

    Kaylene
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Meet the Panelist: Kaylene, Massachusetts

I'm a blessed Mom of five fabulous kids, a Disney Vacation Club member, and an Annual Passholder. I've stayed in every Disney Resort on property, and I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort with infants, toddlers, tweens, teens, grandparents, and on countless multi-generational family vacations! Learn More About Kaylene

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