• On Sep 9, 2016
    Jesse from FL Asked

    Mom is turning 90 years old this November; she still loves most of the attractions, although the hard seats on some of the more bumpy rides can hurt. May I bring her wheelchair cushion for sitting upon when riding, for example, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train?

    Hi, Jesse! I am so glad you brought this question to us. I am a Speech-Language Pathologist at a skilled nursing center and one of my patients last year was a huge fan of Disney Parks. We spoke one day about her favorite rides and she mentioned how experiencing some of the attractions had changed for her over the years. I have a bit of information for you, straight from my friend who lives by Peter Pan's philosophy to never grow up!

    The official word from a Cast Member I spoke with today is that cushions are not allowed on attractions due to safety concerns. I can certainly understand how this is a necessity on thrilling attractions with restraints in place, such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. In my experience, the ride at the front of the train is very smooth as compared to the wild ride towards the back. Perhaps she could adapt this experience to other attractions where she may experience a bit of a bumpy ride.

    My patient gave me a heads up last year that she was allowed to use her cushion on some attractions that were not of the thrill variety, but would have her sitting on hard surfaces for an extended period. I remember her mentioning just a couple of attractions and shows. This may not always hold true, so I suggest you speak with the Cast Members at the entrance to attractions to inquire about current policy for that attraction.

    Jesse, I hope this helps you plan a pixie-dusted adventure with your Mom. I am going to attach a wonderful video featuring my friend and fellow Panelist, Anne, who has her own fabulous Mom that often travels to Walt Disney World Resort. Anne provides several great ideas in the video for making sure everyone has a #DisneyGrandAdventure!

    Brandy B.
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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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