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  • On Oct 15, 2014
    Brittney from LA Asked

    I have special needs child. She is unable to walk or sit. We've both a wheelchair for her and a stroller. The stroller is easier to travel with but I need to know if it would be better to bring her wheelchair. We have never been to DW dont know wat expect

    Hi Brittney ~

    I'm thrilled you are planning a trip to Disney World with your daughter! Before deciding to take her stroller or wheelchair, ask yourself:

    1. Which is more comfortable for her for long periods of time? She will likely spend a lot of time in it but remember to give her some breaks.

    2. Which is easier to get her in and out of for transferring to attractions (if necessary)?

    3. Which is going to give her the most physical support?

    4. Which is going to give her the best view?

    We have been taking my son to Disney since he was born and we use his special needs stroller. It is more comfortable and gives him the support he needs. It folds easy and is easy to travel with on trips. We like having the storage underneath his stroller for long days in the parks. It is also nice to fold his stroller in our hotel room for a little more space.

    You can use her stroller as a wheelchair in the parks. In order to do that, visit a theme park Guest Relations location and request a red band that will indicate to Cast Members (CMs) that she is using her stroller as a wheelchair. Be sure to put it on a handle so that it is clearly visible for CMs.

    Bring a towel or light blanket to go over her knees in addition to sunscreen. Also bring an umbrella to hold over her for parades.

    While at Guest Relations, request a Disability Access Service Card (DAS) for your daughter. Here are some details explaining how to obtain a DAS and how it works in the parks. You can also find some additional information in this list of Frequently Asked Questions about the DAS.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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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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