Mom And Son Safari
  • On Jul 25, 2016
    Jason from PA Asked

    My son who is 5 uses a wheelchair for days with lots of walking due to a neurological condition. He is able to walk but relies on it so he will not be worn out quickly. Do you have any tips for parents with a special needs child?

    Hello, Jason!

    My son also has limited mobility and uses a wheelchair/stroller to tour Walt Disney World Resort. I am happy to offer a few tips to maximize your theme park time:

    Stroller as Wheelchair Tag- Since our transport chair looks more like a stroller, we stop by any theme park Guest Relations Lobby to secure a tag that signifies it is used as a wheelchair. This tag allows your son to remain in his chair while waiting in queues or at shows. 

    Disability Access Service (DAS)- This service is electronically associated with theme park media (MagicBands or admission cards) and provides a return time for an attraction. While you wait you can visit another attraction, grab a bite to eat or take a restroom break. When it is time, return to the attraction's entrance to gain entry. The best part is that DAS can be used in tandem with the FastPass+ system.
    My Disney Experience mobile app- Not only can you find wait times for attractions and see character locations using this app, but you can also locate companion restrooms or get directions to a dining venue.

    My space is limited. Please write back if you have more questions about your upcoming visit. I am hEAR to help!

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Missy, Texas

Hello, I’m Missy from Texas! I love all things Disney, especially the Walt Disney World Resort. Although we visit several times a year, there’s always something new to experience, making each vacation unique. As a mom to a son with special needs, I know the importance of cherishing every park visit and look forward to helping you plan magical moments for your family! Learn More About Missy

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