Mom And Son Spaceship Earth
  • On Nov 21, 2010
    Peter from MI Asked

    We will be at the park for a week starting 12/15-22/10. My daughter has Cerebral Palsy and I am wanting to make this a special trip. I have heard that Disney Parks try or have special accomadations for handicap children. What is your recomendation?

    Hi Peter,

    I have a son w/ CP & have found WDW a great place to travel w/ kids w/ special needs. Visit Guest Relations at the 1st theme park you visit & request a Guest Assistance Card (GAC) for your daughter (DD) which will alert Cast Members (CM) at each attraction she requires special assistance. The GAC will allow her & up to 5 other members of your party access to alternate queues where available.

    If your DD uses a stroller as a wheelchair, be sure to tell them when you are at Guest Relations getting the GAC. They'll need to stamp the GAC to indicate that "Guests can use their stroller as a wheelchair" in addition to the "Guests can use an alternate attraction entrance, where available".  Be sure to get a red band to put on her stroller & put it in a location that CMs can easily see - I put it on the handle. If your DD uses a wheelchair, the GAC stamped with "Guests can use an alternate entrance, where available" should be all that you need.

    WDW is a great place for people w/ limited mobility. There is a section on the WDW website devoted to Guests with Limited Mobility.  Under that section is a list of attractions at each of the parks that allow Guests to remain in their w/c & which require Guests to transfer from w/c or ECVs & be ambulatory to board. There are some attractions where wait times may be longer b/c of special ride vehicles for Guests confined to w/c.

    If your DD has any special dietary concerns (my son only eats soft or pureed foods) be sure to mention that when making your reservations or contact SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com at least 48 hrs prior to arrival.

    I'm out of room but if you have additional ?s, visit me again - I'm happy to help! Wishing you 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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