WALT DISNEY WORLD®
to Plan a safe, fun & comfortable trip to Walt Disney World?
Walt Disney World with Disabilities was
designed to help people with
minor to major health & emotional issues, special needs, handicaps and disabilities.
Planning for Disney without these issues can be complex and most people
never find out about all of the support they can receive at Disney. This
book is designed to help you plan a much more comfortable, relaxing and fun
vacation. You'll find
what you need to
take the guesswork out of your vacation.
The book was fact-checked and contributed to by
current and former Disney employees as well as Disney oriented travel
agents, fan site owners and other Disney guests. You'll find inside
information that can make a great impact on your trip.
what the book reviewer from the popular site
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
Here's what's in the book:
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The most in-depth and full descriptions you’ll find of the physical and emotional “feel” of Disney World
rides & attractions.*
What rides are right for you? Which rides should you avoid?
This book is has the detailed information you need
to make informed decisions. You'll have inside information gathered
through years of first-hand experience visiting Disney World while
dealing with health issues. Plus we added the results of extensive research,
including input from other Disney guests with a wide variety of health
conditions, special needs and disabilities. You'll get details
you won't see anywhere else that can help you plan a smooth,
pleasant and safe trip!
Warnings & alerts you won’t see elsewhere
about things that can
cause problems for people with health conditions, disabilities
and special needs. For example, one popular attraction,
unexpectedly pokes you in the back. We tell you how folks
with back pain can enjoy the attraction anyway, while avoiding
this jab to the back.
How to participate in attractions & rides with greater comfort
even if you have disabilities,
concerns and special needs. We include many important tips
that will help you enjoy more of what Disney has to offer, while
in the parks,
resorts and entertainment area restaurants, with contact numbers
around Disney World for help with your specific dietary needs.
Support, tips and
important to those dealing
with a variety of issues including:
Back & neck problems
Vertigo & dizziness
Fears, phobias and
mental health issues
Joint Disorder (TMJ)
Allergies & chemical
sensitivities (including fragrances, pesticides & mold)
High blood pressure
Joint & muscle pain
Over stimulation & hyperactivity
Bladder & stomach
And more! Actually MOST people dealing with
disabilities and special needs will find this book
terrific for planning!
— Know your
options and how to make use of Disney World transportation.
We'll help you avoid uncomfortable situations and even long
lines. There's extensive info for wheelchair, scooter and
electric vehicle users.
Disney World including: Should I use a wheelchair? Should I use a
manual or electric vehicle? How do I travel around Disney
in a wheelchair? How do I handle the lines and rides in the
parks? Where should I rent my vehicle? What do I do
when it rains? Learn the ins
and outs of wheelchair use at Disney including the
transportation system, the resorts and parks. Plus there's so
much more, including tips for using a scooter in the rain,
Disney wheelchair "etiquette", avoiding some lines, etc.
In-depth info & alerts for fears, anxieties and emotional
claustrophobia, fear of the dark, spookiness, sudden scares and
discomfort with violence. We'll let you know if an
attraction may be scary as well as the potential intensity of
the scare, wherever it's relevant.
chemical sensitivity information
rides have fragrances and smoke pumped in, mold and mustiness
alerts, smoking and Disney World pesticide information in the
parks and resorts.
taking and using medicines and medical equipment
in the parks and
Advice on how
to have your specific needs met
in the Disney
resorts and parks.
— We'll help you decide
if you should stay at a Disney resort, and how to pick a resort
that's right for you. Find out what your options are
for having your room prepared to meet your needs.
Sometimes Disney fulfills your requests, but sometimes they
don't. We'll give you valuable tips on what you can do to
better your chances that your requests are followed up on by
advantage of the many services Disney provides
to those with special needs and
disabilities that many people never find out about. We
didn't know what was available to us for years. Now we do
and we'll share that with you!
Notes" section for each attraction
will give you a quick
and easy to read overview of the features that are most likely
to impact a physical or emotional condition. Take this to
the park with you to use as an at a glance reminder support
An easy to Understand,
conveniently designed, exhaustively researched comprehensive
guide book that
will bring your trip to a higher level.
*This guide is not intended to cover all possible
conditions or sensitivities. You are urged to use your own
judgment and discretion.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
- What's covered about each
park in the book
- See what's covered regarding the Disney World resorts
- What's covered in the book on dealing with special needs
- What people say about Walt Disney World with Disabilities
segment of a book review from MouseExtra.com:
recommend this book to people bringing small kids just for
this attention to detail. Toddlers and preschoolers often
require a little advanced warning on scares, loud noises and
the like and this book gives you what you need. The wealth
of information is terrific here..."
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Disney World with Disabilities can help parents make more informed
decisions for their children.
It's also ideal for seniors or anyone who would prefer
detailed advance information to help with planning. It's
great for anyone traveling to Disney with minor to major health
- Here's what Dr. Richard Risi of
Florida says about the book:
"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."
Reader Book Review:
I wanted to thank you for writing Walt Disney World
with Disabilities. In 2006 I was diagnosed
with End Stage Renal disease. I'm currently on
home peritoneal dialysis and thought I would be unable
to travel to my favorite place on earth....Disney World.
Reading your informative book gave me hope... I had
studied your book each day and followed your advice.
Everything from how to request a fridge in the room for
medication to the degree of roughness of the rides made
it a super trip.
stayed for 10 days at the All Star Sports Resort, rode
lots of rides, ate at some of the eating places you
recommended and had a spectacular time... My
doctor had told me there was no way I could get around
Disney World and still do my dialysis. She was
Please continue to provide this information to those out
there that feel they could never go on such a big trip.
All it takes is some careful research, creative
thinking, and you're in for the time of your life.
Thanks again for your great book!"
A Travel Writer's review:
"Stephen Ashley is a
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
A Travel Agent's review:
"Every Traveler to Disney Should Buy this Book
We used Walt Disney World®
with Disabilities to plan our trip to Disney with our
family. We own a travel agency and have access to all
kinds of travel information. This book gave us critical
information in planning. My father has a prothetic leg.
As we planned each day, we had a "regular" guide book
along with this book. We found information in Walt
Disney World® with Disabilities that not only helped us
plan for my father, but helpful hints that helped
everyone in our family be well prepared. We did
everything we wanted to do and felt like we were
prepared for everything. I highly, highly recommend this
book to anyone traveling to Disney. It is a wealth of
information that helped make the trip more enjoyable for
all of us. It took away a lot of the overwhelming
aspects of the unknown. Thank you so much for writing
such a wonderful book!!!!"
Occupational Therapist & mother's review:
This book should be called Walt Disney World
for Everyone! I think everybody should read
this book who wants to go to Disneyworld. 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
- Another review:
book! I wish I had it years ago!
We've found Walt Disney World With
Disabilities to be remarkably helpful. I've got
a number of difficult conditions including heart
problems, diabetes, back problems and Parkinson's.
This book makes it so much easier for me to manage
and enjoy myself. I've gone to Disney many
times over the years, but I never picked up on most
of the tips in this book. Plus you describe
the way the rides feel so completely. It makes
things so much easier. Thank you!"
Norman, Boca Raton, Fl
- "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
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..."
never used a wheelchair before, but I was really worried about being
able to get around the parks because of Fibromyalgia pain. Your
section on whether to use a wheelchair or not really helped me get over
my discomfort with the idea. Plus all the other information
you gave on how to get and use the wheelchair, and how to get around in
the parks & hotels was fantastic. It made a huge difference...
It made my trip so much more pleasant and I was able to do a lot more
than I thought I could. I was also able to handle allergies and
diet restrictions with ease!"
A. B., Hollywood,
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WHY WAS THIS BOOK
Letter from the author to you!
What makes this book so different?
For years we read just about every book and pamphlet out there, but they
never even touched on all kinds of things we really needed to know.
For decades we went to Disney World without help from anyone who really
understood firsthand the challenges we faced.
Though Disney is an awesome place, over
the years we encountered many situations that caused us discomfort,
stress and even flare ups of illness. Over time we learned the ins and
outs of managing and thriving at Disney. Now Disney has become
smooth sailing and a joyful getaway for us, and we want to share what
we’ve learned with you!
It can be to difficult to go into to a
totally new environment, especially one as unusual as Disney World. We
want you to spend your time having a carefree vacation―not researching,
seeking help, recovering after doing something you shouldn’t have or
missing things you wished you had tried. Disney World has meant a
lot to us, and we've had some of the best times of our lives there. We
want to share that with you.
There's so much you need to know before
you ever leave for your trip. We'll fill you in on the insights, tips
and information that have given us the edge at Disney World. We'll
also include tips and insights we gathered from people with a wide
variety of health conditions and challenges that we don't personally
deal with. Disney offers so much assistance that most people never hear
about, and we'll fill you in.
Can we be blunt with you? People who
don't have to deal with your actual condition or disability most likely
won't even notice the things you would notice. Most of what's
written out there is created by folks who don't have health conditions
there is some information out there, this book goes into a new level of
description to help you plan a safe, fun and comfortable trip.
Disney World, even with health conditions,
can be a blast! Enjoy the book and, most of all, enjoy your trip!
Stephen & Sarah Ashley
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restaurant menus, photos, videos and articles.
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Disabilities table of contents
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attraction reviews from the book
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