Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Jan 13, 2011
    Jennifer from PA Asked

    My 7 year old daughter is special needs (requires wheelchair) and loves Ariel the Mermaid (who has long, red hair, just like my dd). We are hoping to go to DW in March. What would be a good character dining experience for her?

    Hi Jennifer,

    Dining with Disney princesses is always a very special occasion! There are a couple of locations that I'd recommend: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot and Cinderella's Royal Table at the Magic Kingdom. The Princesses that appear vary so its not guaranteed that Ariel will be appearing but she often does. She appears in her human form as Princess Ariel at both locations and not as the Mermaid so you may want to tell your daughter that so she won't be disappointed.

    Reservations can be made online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE beginning 180 days prior to your visit.  If you're traveling in March, I'd recommend that you call now.  When you make your reservation, have them note that your daughter uses a wheelchair.  That way, they can seat you at a more accessible table.  If you make your reservation online, you should be able to make a note of that under Special Dietary Requests. The system has been undergoing some enhancements so that may have changed but I was able to note that on my reservations that I recently made.

    You will find that Disney World is an awesome place for special needs children.  If you are not familiar with the Guest Assistance Card or have any questions regarding traveling with a special needs child, please let me know. I am very familiar with that and always happy to help make it as stress free as possible for you and your daughter.

    Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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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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