Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Mar 23, 2015
    Donna from IL Asked

    Hi, We will be visiting Disney World in May. My son will be 13 and has Downs. He gets very tired walking and I need a scooter for myself. What ideas do you have other than a wheel chair? He refuses to use one because he would be too embarrassed.

    Hello Donna!

    Thanks so much for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I hope you are having a magical week.

    My youngest has a variety of disabilities and needs a wheelchair part time in the parks, but they are way too big for him, he’s only 6 years old. Instead we use a larger sized jogging stroller as a wheelchair and Guest Services puts a tag on that to allow other Cast Members to recognize that we are using this service with his mobility disability. While this wouldn’t be a good option for your son specifically, it did get me thinking.

    Would he be opposed to also using a scooter that you can rent at the parks? Personally, if my son were a bit shy about using one, I’d show him how fun they could be. Obviously there is no horseplay and racing allowed with the scooters, but that wouldn’t stop me from pretending I was Richard Petty, even at 4 miles per hour. ;) 

When you arrive at the parks, be sure to head to Guest Services and request the Disability Access Service Card and the Cast Members there may have some pretty creative ideas as well. They are always such a big help when we visit. You could even call ahead of time to see what they suggest.

    I hope this helps and let me know if you need anything else as you plan your visit!

    See you real soon!
    -Emily
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Meet the Panelist: Emily, Colorado

I’m a wife and mom to three boys, ages 15, 10 and 6. My youngest is autistic so I love helping other special needs families plan Disney vacations and show them that they, too, can have a magical time together. In addition to being a total Disney fanatic, I am also a blogger who enjoys fashion, shopping and knitting. Learn More About Emily

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