Man in wheelchair on Expedition Everest
  • On Apr 25, 2019
    Pamela from AL Asked

    I’m still using a walker and/or cane after leg surgery, I know I can rent a wheelchair or scoter. but I’m wondering what all I will be able to do now. I don’t want to miss out, but I don’t want to just sights from a wheelchair either. #brokenlegproblems

    Hiya Pamela, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    As my pal Mickey Mouse would say, "oh boy!" I can TOTALLY relate to your question. I had foot surgery last year, and actually visited Walt Disney World three times with a broken foot, so, although I had #brokenfootproblems, I have so much empathy for #brokenlegproblems – and I'm here to help.

    The key is to remember that a Disney visit includes a LOT of walking. I really, really wish I had rented an ECV to make getting around easier on that first post-surgery visit. I thought I could handle it, but my foot was swollen and bruised after that trip. Bring your anti-inflammatory pain reliever, and pack some gallon sandwich bags to fill with ice when you're back at your resort. Visit the First Aid Center located in each park if you need to rest or ice while in the theme parks. Take time to rest throughout the day (which is also a great opportunity for a snack break!).

    Walt Disney World offers many services for Guests with mobility disabilities. Take a look at this really helpful list of attractions and their accessibility; the list outlines which attractions can be boarded while in a wheelchair or ECV, and which require transferring. My dad has knee troubles, and there are certain rides, usually the boat-based ones, that he needs a little extra time to board or which are too uncomfortable to ride. A Cast Member at each attraction should be able to show you what the ride vehicle looks like and help you determine what will work best for you.

    Another possible option is Disability Access Service, which allows you to visit an attraction, request a return time, and then, rather that standing in line, you may find a seating area and then return when it's time to ride. Visit a Guest Relations location to learn more or request access to this service.

    Pamela, I want to reassure you that you won't have to miss out on the magic because of your broken leg. Take good care of yourself, and have the BEST time!

    Wishing you 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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