Walt Disney World with Disabilities
by Stephen Ashley
Book Reviews & Reader's Comments
"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."
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- "Walt Disney World With Disabilities is a
must read. While the title may lead you to believe that this is
a guide for those with severe disabilities, it really is a guide
for anyone. Not only will you get useful information for those
who are wheelchair bound, but also you get great tips for those
with more "minor" disabilities such as motion sickness or
This book contains various tips for hotels, parks, shops and
restaurants. It also includes links to helpful websites as well
as phone numbers for contacting the resort for any questions you
may have about meeting specific needs while on vacation.
- Stephen Ashley uses his own experiences,
as well as his wife's, with physical disabilities to enlighten
those who may have doubts about whether or not Walt Disney World
is the right place for your vacation. He has taken the time to
compile this guide in order to help those who have questions,
like he and his wife had, about what rides would be safe for
them and what rides would be too much to handle. While many may
feel that Disney World is a big vacation resort that may be
difficult to navigate, this book clearly shows that while being
an extra large resort, they are the masters of making people
comfortable and meeting their special needs."
"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, California
(Ms. Easom is a freelance writer who's work is
frequently featured in major publications including Glamour Magazine,
Caesars Player Magazine, Go World Travel, Cruise Magazine, InsideOut
- This was
posted on Amazon.com on October 24, 2007:
I am very impressed with this book and Highly
"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
"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
"Hi, 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 peritineal dialysis
and thought I would be unable to travel to my favorite place on
earth....Disney World. Reading your informative book gave me hope.
We loaded up a trunk load of dialysis supplies and headed for Florida.
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. We 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 wrong. I always did my treatment on time, was
able to stay on my renal diet easily, and came back with a nice glow
"...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. I hope you do some more theme parks, national parks, and other
vacation ideas for the disabled... Our trip was such a joy and a nice
break from the confines of my medical condition. I have proven to my
doctor that end stage renal disease does not have to keep me from
getting back out into the world.
Thanks again for your great book!"
"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 itís helped me to know what I can and canít do."
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 to know.
This book is so thorough. Its
an A-Z guide that has things you wouldnít think to even ask about that
were so helpful, and it will help parents make important decisions. For
example, you donít want to spend time in lines for attractions that
wonít be good for you or your kids. The descriptions were so good
that they really helped me know what would and wouldnít 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. Thereís 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 canít 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 Ė itís not just a manual, but itís so much more
interesting and informative to read than anything else Iíve seen.
Itís very easy reading because itís got a personal touch to it. I
couldnít put it down.
"Incredible 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!"
discovered this great book last Spring, and I love it so much I'm
ordering the revised edition! Mr. Ashley does a wonderful job in
explaining what to expect. On our last visit to Disney World, my
sister, who has Down's Syndrome and isn't able to walk long
distances, came along. This was our first experience dealing with a
wheelchair at Disney. While it is very true that Disney World is
probably the best place to vacation if you or a family member has
disabilities, the amount of knowledge needed to easily navigate all
the parks, shops, restaurants, and attractions is immense. Other
guide books were helpful, but oh how I wish I had had this one then!
It literally takes you through each attraction and park and tells
you how to manage, not only with a wheelchair, but with other health
issues also. We go back in January, and I'm looking forward to a
much more relaxed and fun trip this time! Thank you Stephen and
Sarah for sharing your experiences!
"I've 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. "
"I manage a home
health agency in South Florida and have many disabled clients that I
felt would benefit from this book. I just finished it and was very
impressed with its explicit content and wide range of disabilities
it addressed. For anyone who knows someone with any type of
disability or medical problem and is planning a trip to Disney
World, I would recommend this as a great resource. The reader
learns how to make the event as smooth and carefree as possible. I
found it also ideal for the elderly person who wants to remain
active and get the most out of their visits!
specifics that I would like to point out. I like the way the index
is so clear. If you're only interested in particular subjects
it makes it very easy to find. I was also surprised that this book
addresses so many things that are not necessarily disabilities, but
can still interfere with your trip such as fatigue and allergies. I
find that it's a great resource for minor conditions as well as for
more serious disabilities. This book may be of interest to people
who never considered going to Disney, but now can go because they
have the advantage of the guidelines given in this book."
- Judy Klockow
- Administrator, Gold Coast Elder Care
- "As a registered nurse I look at the broad
range of things when caring for my patients, such as diet,
well being and mobility to name a few. Mr. Ashley's
book is very well rounded. I would definitely
recommend it to my patients."
- Linda Kovacs
- Registered Nurse
"As an employee of a non-profit
organization that deals with children who have illnesses and as a parent
to a child with special needs, Walt Disney World with Disabilities in a
much needed resource. I highly recommend it to my constituents as a
valuable guide in navigating the Disney parks. It is packed with
detailed information that is useful for anyone visiting Disney with or
without medical concerns. A great find!"
Nancy Hart-Gold, Florida
Stephen: I have thoroughly enjoyed your book! I
found it very informative... Again, thank you
for a great book!"
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