Mom And Son On Run
  • On Nov 17, 2013
    Lynette from OR Asked

    Hi! You recently answered another guests question re: wheelchair parade viewing. You said there is a spot in the hub in front of the castle. Would this be on the castle side, you know. facing the castle or the other, facing the train station? Pics, u know!

    Hi, Lynette!

    Thanks so much for your question! On the Magic Kingdom Park Guidemap for Guests with Disabilities, the specially designated parade viewing area for mobility challenged guests appears to be located at the southern end of the hub, facing the train station. However, in reality, the accessible viewing area is actually located at the eastern side of the hub, facing the bridge to Tomorrowland (which leads directly down to the Astro Orbiter and Space Mountain).  

    In terms of getting a good view of the parade and taking photos, any location around the Central Hub is terrific! The most important factor is getting there early, as the accessible viewing areas fill up quickly. You'll want to be right at the rope in the front row to get the best possible view. I would recommend arriving at least 45-60 minutes before the scheduled parade start time. If you'll be visiting during the busy holiday period, you may want to consider arriving more than one hour in advance. 

    I realize this is a long time to have to wait in one spot, so let me share with you some of the things my husband (who has paraplegia and uses a manual wheelchair), daughter and I do to pass the time while waiting for the parade to arrive: we get a snack (or sometimes even a full take-away meal from one of the quick-service dining venues in the park); we chat with Cast Members and fellow Guests in the area; we hand out glow sticks and glow bracelets to all nearby kids; we play a Disney Trivia game; and, basically, we do anything else that helps pass the time more enjoyably and quickly!

    I hope this information is helpful, Lynette! Please don't hesitate to write me back with any other questions you may have about accessibility in the Disney Parks or about any aspect of planning your vacation. It would be my pleasure to assist you further!

    Wishing you a magical Disney Day!  




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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, New Jersey

I'm a Disneyphile and Type A planner! I'm also a writer and editor, wife and mom to an amazing daughter, age 7. I love helping guests of all ages and abilities plan their "Disney time" and make magical vacation memories at Walt Disney World!
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