Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Apr 24, 2011
    Kelley from WI Asked

    I would love for my neice to participate in the Jedi training academy, however she is in a wheelchair. I can't find anything online indicating she won't be able to participate. Is there any restrictions to guests in wheelchairs? Thanks!

    Hi Kelley,

    What a great Aunt you are to plan ahead for your niece!

    When we were there in January, we went to sign my 6 year up for the Jedi Training Academy (JTA). I also had my 9 year old son with me. He has Cerebral Palsy & uses a large special needs stroller instead of a wheelchair.  Without me asking, the Cast Member at the registration area asked me if he wanted to participate too.  I told her that he likely would not be able to stand to do it.  She told me that as long as he was comfortable with it, he could participate in his stroller.

    I chose not to only because he sometimes freaks out a little around some of the characters - at least until he's had a few moments to settle in. I had watched the previous show & knew there may not be time for him to settle down before the Evil Emperor was ready to do "battle" so we cheered his little brother on from the sidelines & had a blast.

    Disney always seems to be amazing for kids with special needs & unless something has changed since January, your niece should be able to participate (as long as she is between the ages of 4 and 12).

    JTA is located next to Star Tours & is held several times a day. The times will be listed on the Times Guide which are available at the Park entrance, Guest Relations & most merchandise locations. The number of participants is limited & they start registration first thing in the morning & stop once the spots are filled for the day (they usually fill up fast during peak seasons). If this is something your niece wants to do, head that way first. Children must be present with an adult to register. Cast Members will ask potential Padawans a few of questions to make sure they can follow some basic directions.

    Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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