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  • On Jan 16, 2010
    Mary from WI Asked

    Planning trip 10/10 WDW, 2 adults, husband uses power chair, what is best resort to stay at Fort Wilderness Cabins or Fort Wilderness Lodge for accessability? Mary

    Mary:

    The cabins at Fort Wilderness provide one of the best accommodations for guests in wheelchairs with its large footprint! This gives guests plenty of space to visit in the living area without feeling cramped, and you have plenty of room to the store the chair.  The outside ramp allows independence, and the bathroom provides ample privacy with room for 360-degree turns without having to exit. Its tub has a very low side for transfers. (I am not aware if the cabins have roll-in showers, but if you would prefer one, make the request when you call for reservations.)

    Although I have visited the accessible cabins in person (they are located in loops 2800 and 2700) at Fort Wilderness, I have only seen the accessible rooms at Wilderness Lodge via www.allears.net (Click on Accommodations at the top and then Accessible Room Photos on the left.) The room looks like most standard accessible hotel rooms with a roll-in shower and King bed.

    The only drawback to a cabin is transportation. Although you could use Disney transportation, I highly recommend having your own. The fort utilizes internal and external buses.  One bus picks you up from your cabin loop and takes you to either the pier where you catch a boat to Magic Kingdom or it takes you to the Outpost to ride a bus to the other parks. It may seem cumbersome to do two transfers just to get to the park, whereas at Wilderness Lodge, you just wheel down to the bus depot or the pier for the boat to Magic Kingdom.  Be aware: some chair users find that the boat transfer at the lodge is not easy due to a slight height difference between the boat and pier.

    I don't want to assume that because you're coming from Wisconsin you wouldn't have your own transportation, but this would be the deciding factor for my family. (FYI: My dad is in a Quickie.)

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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