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Walt Disney World® with Disabilities

Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Walt Disney World Overview.       
Transportation
Monorail
Buses
Boats
Crowd Size
Wheelchairs & ECVs
     Should I rent a wheelchair rather than walk the park?
     Wheelchair Facts & More Tips
     Problems with your chair
     Park hopping with a Disney rental
     Help in and out of wheelchairs
     Leaving your chair
     Non-Disney Wheelchair Rental Companies
     Wheelchair accessible vans
Oxygen Use
Disney Dining
     Full-service & made-to-order restaurants
     Advance Reservations
     Fast-food & over-the-counter restaurants
     Wheelchairs in the restaurants
     Resort food courts
     Snacking
     Allergies & special diets
     Restaurant menus & reviews
     In-room Refrigerators
Smoking Laws
Allergies & Chemical Sensitivities at Disney
     Plants
     Special room requests
     Pesticides
     Bees & bugs
     Perfumes
     Dining
Service Animals
Medication
Florida Weather
Local Hospitals
Dialysis
 
The Parks
Extra Magic Hours
Park Ticket Strategies
Theme Park Parking
Handicapped parking
Entering the Park
Getting & Using a Wheelchair
     Rides & attractions with wheelchairs
     Wheelchair Etiquette
Lockers
Guide Map and Time Guide
Guest Services - Guest Relations Area
Guest Assistance Cards (GAC)
Rides & Attractions With Disabilities
How do I know what attractions to avoid and what to try?
Queues & Entrances
FASTPASS
“Switching Off” on Rides
Boarding Rides & Help from Cast Members
How Many People Can Accompany Wheelchair or GAC Users?
Special Devices & Assists
Hearing Impairments
     Sign language
     Noise sensitivity
Visual Impairments
Attraction Length of Time
Single Rider Queues
Ride Failure Issues
Dealing With Fears
     Fear with attractions
     Other fears
Dealing With Fatigue
     Resting in your resort room
     Resting in the parks
     ECVs & fatigue
Crowd & weather strategies
Other strategies
Overstimulation Issues
Diabetics
Restroom Issues
Epilepsy
VIP Tours
First Aid Stations
How Long Will I Spend in Each Park?
Communication with Your Party in the Parks
Warnings for Attractions
More Allergy Issues in Disney Parks
Parades
Tours
 
Disney's Hollywood Studios – Formerly MGM Studios
Park Facts for Disability Issues

Wheelchair Attraction Information

Wheelchair Rental Locations

Wheelchair Service Locations

Companion Restrooms

Attractions With FASTPASS

Service Animal Rest Stops

Braille Map

Manipulatives for Visually Impaired Guests

Disney's Hollywood Studios Attractions
     Thrill Rides
     Live Entertainment
     Other Attractions
Disney's Hollywood Studios Dining
     Better Quality Dining
     Quick Service Restaurants
 
Animal Kingdom
Park Facts for Disability Issues

Wheelchair Attraction Information

Wheelchair Rental Locations

Wheelchair Service Locations

Companion Restrooms

Attractions With FASTPASS

Service Animal Rest Stops

Braille Map

Manipulatives for Visually Impaired Guests

Animal Kingdom Attractions
     Animal Experiences
     Thrill Rides
     Other Attractions
     Live Entertainment
Animal Kingdom Dining
     Better Quality Dining
     Quick Service Restaurants
 
EPCOT
Park Facts for Disability Issues

Wheelchair Attraction Information

Wheelchair Rental Locations

Wheelchair Service Locations

Companion Restrooms

Attractions With FASTPASS

Service Animal Rest Stops

Braille Map

Future World
     Mission: SPACE
     Test Track
     Wonders of Life Pavilion
     Spaceship Earth
     Ellen’s Energy Adventure
     The Seas With Nemo & Friends Pavilion
     Imagination! Pavilion
     The Land Pavilion
     Innoventions
World Showcase
     Canada Pavilion
     China Pavilion
     France Pavilion
     Germany Pavilion
     Italy Pavilion
     Japan Pavilion
     Mexico Pavilion
     Morocco Pavilion
     Norway Pavilion
     U.S.A. Pavilion
     United Kingdom Pavilion
     IllumiNations
 
Magic Kingdom
Park Facts for Disability Issues

Wheelchair Attraction Information

Wheelchair Rental Locations

Wheelchair Service Locations

Companion Restrooms

Attractions With FASTPASS

Service Animal Rest Stops

Braille Map

Magic Kingdom Attractions
     Main Street, U.S.A Attractions
     Tomorrowland Attractions
     Mickey’s Toontown Fair
     Fantasyland Attractions
     Liberty Square Attractions
     Frontierland Attractions
     Adventureland Attractions
Magic Kingdom Dining
     Full-service Restaurants
     Counter Service Restaurants
 
Disney World Resort Tips
Hotel choices
     Value resorts
     Moderate resorts
     Deluxe resorts
     Other hotels
Rooms for Guests with Disabilities
Special Room Requests
Requesting Special Room Locations
Pool Planning
Late Check-out
Canceling Your Room
Package Delivery
Allergies & Chemical Sensitivities
     Pesticides
     Non-smoking rooms
Service Animals
Resort Perk - Extra Magic Hours
Valet Parking
Resort Dining
Gift Shops
What Else to Bring
Resort Rehabilitation
Wheelchair Tip
 
Helpful Websites
 
Phone Number References
 
Contact Us 
 
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To see more of what the book offers you, please view the details of the Walt Disney World with Disabilities guide book here:

What the book covers - Read detailed info on what's in the guide book
Rides & Attractions - Samples of ride descriptions you'll find in the book
Table of Contents - For the guide book
Parks - What's covered about each park in the book 
Resorts - See what's covered regarding the Disney World resorts
Special Needs - What's covered in the book on dealing with special needs
Reader Reviews - What people say about Walt Disney World with Disabilities

Plan a safe, fun & comfortable trip to Walt Disney World with this guide book!

 

 

 
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READER REVIEWS:

"This book is truly a marvel and an absolute must for anyone planning or thinking about planning a trip to WDW with any type of disability. I would also recommend this book to those guests with small kids who would like to warn their children of potentially disconcerting or frightening aspects of rides. I would recommend this book to anyone going for the first time and who would like specific details on rides and dining options. In fact, I would recommend this book to anyone. period."

 
Mike
(Mike is an attorney and a contributing writer to MouseExtra.com)
 
To view the full review Click here.

 

 

A Travel Writer's review:

 

"Stephen Ashley is a Disney guru! Walt Disney World with Disabilities includes the finest details, from hints for making room reservations to tips about which disability or phobia might be affected by each individual ride or attraction. Clearly, Ashley knows the parks inside and out. This book fills a glaring gap in Disney tourism literature and will help make the parks more enjoyable for every visitor."

 

Hillary Easom, Travel Writer

 

(Ms. Easom is a freelance writer featured in publications including Glamour Magazine, Caesars Player Magazine, Go World Travel, Cruise Magazine, InsideOut Travel, etc.)

 

 

 "Walt Disney World With Disabilities, by Stephen Ashley, is a marvelous enabler to adventure for those normally reticent to step out of the "safety zone" of the limits and boredom that often accompany physical disabilities.  Side-line spectating or only listening to stories about the fun experiences of others can give way to personal experience and enjoyment facilitated by the well-researched tips, advice, descriptions,  warnings and encouragements that this user-friendly book offers. The attention to detail relieves the fear-factor of the unknown that the disabled normally have to deal with. The easy to use format describing just about every ride, attraction, restaurant, and venue found in the whole of Disney World, places empowering knowledge at the finger tips of every disabled and special needs visitor.  If you are fortunate enough to obtain a copy, you may find it to be a "master-key" to a world of safe Disney fun. Since my own mother is confined to a wheel-chair, I offer my personal thanks to Stephen Ashley for this amazing reference."
 
Dr. Richard Risi, Florida

 

 

"This book should be called Walt Disney World for Everyone! I think everybody should read this book who wants to go to Disney World. I started reading it as an Occupational Therapist, but I found myself to be really riveted by the wealth of information that applied to me personally and to my family. As a mother of 6 kids, I really believe that these are the things a mother really wants and needs to know. 

 

This book is so thorough.  Its an A-Z guide that has things you wouldn’t think to even ask about that were so helpful, and it will help parents make important decisions.  For example, you don’t want to spend time in lines for attractions that won’t be good for you or your kids.  The descriptions were so good that they really helped me know what would and wouldn’t be worth our time.  And those lines can be tough to wait in with impatient and tired kids!  The book helps you plan your day so you get the most out of your time, and it will save me hours of waiting in lines for rides that would have turned out badly. There’s so much useful information like this that will help our family be so much more comfortable.

 

I think it will also be fantastic for people with health problems.  My husband can’t do a lot of walking and there were services for him that I had no idea about. 

 

The authors really put themselves into this book – it’s not just a manual, but it’s so much more interesting and informative to read than anything else I’ve seen.  It’s very easy reading because it’s got a personal touch to it.  I couldn’t put it down.

 

Dina Carroll

Occupational Therapist

 

 

 

"In my opinion Walt Disney World with Disabilities is the best book out there for anyone with a health condition. We own several Disney guide books including another one designed for special needs at Disney. Nothing else I've read describes the way the rides feel as well as this book does. The writers really paid attention to every sensation and experience, and they share it all in an easy to read and understand style. It's also packed with useful and practical suggestions for the parks, resorts and dining.

I also highly recommend this book to parents who wish to choose appropriate rides and shows for their children. Really it's great for anyone who wants to know what a ride feels like before trying it.

I've gone to Disney many times over the years with my wife and kids. One of the things that I've found most challenging is deciding which rides are suitable for my children, and for me. It can be really confusing sometimes, because the Disney warnings are all encompassing. For example, many ride warning signs say that a person with back or neck problems should not ride. Yet some of these are fine for me. This book really gives you a sense of the true intensity and experience, and I find the descriptions to be right on target.

Conversely, there are rides that I thought would be fine, because there was no special warning posted by Disney, but I was shocked to find there were jolts or unexpected things that bothered my condition or scared my kids. I found that Walt Disney World with Disabilities reveals every one of these."

 

DLCI "TECHY LAW MAN"

Posted on Amazon.com

 

 

 

"It was easily the most comprehensive guide for going to Disney with a bad back.  It helps you know how to handle each ride.   In past visits to Disney I never knew if I could handle a ride and it was really hard to make a decision about trying it or not.  Reading this book has answered my questions more precisely than even asking Disney attendants or reading signs, and it’s helped me to know what I can and can’t do."

 

David

 

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