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Traveling with Liz's Dad (who is in a wheelchair) takes some preparation. We booked special rooms that would allow him to have a roll in shower, lower bed, easy acess sink and lower closets. Disney is very good at accomodating physicaly challenged guests and have rooms in every resort for their needs.
Because Bob's scooter is larger than than what will fit on Disney transport it was important that we stay at a hotel that was on the Monorail line. We chose the Grand Floridian for this reason. The monorail allowed us to travel to Magic Kingdom and Epcot via the monorail. Oly when we went to Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and the marketplace did we use our own car.
All of the restaurants were very helpful and arranged for seating that wouldn't block other guests when we were dining. Rides are a different story. Cast memebres are not allowed to assist guest in and out of rides (liability reasons), so be prepared to assist if you want your family member to ride a ride. Not all rides are friendly for people with mobility issues. The haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean and Mickey's Philharmagic were the best for Bob in Magic Kingdom. Soaring was the ride for Bob in Epcot though he did feel rather dizzy from the motion. Animal Kingdom was basically a ride through for Bob, he watched the attractions while we rode. In Hollywood Studio's it was the Stunt show and the Great Movie Ride that worked for him. When you go to ride an attraction a cast member will normally que you through a diferent entrance and put you at the front of the line. Certain cars/seats are designated for disabled riders.
Disney has many handicapped and companion assisted restrooms which made the trip alot less stressful (it's often hard to find these type of restrooms easily). It is a bit anoying though when other guests are rude and bump into the person on the scooter like he's not visible. Bob takes it in stride but I really wanted to knock a few people.
So if you plan ahead and know what you are in for, you can easily navigate Disney World with a wheelchair or scooter.
Written Jun 10, 2009
Some people have food issues or allergies such as :Celiac Sprue, kosher, vegan and nut allergies. It's best to check ahead by calling: 407-WDW-DINE to see what restaurants can accomodate your special needs. Most restaurants that are table service can accomodate special dietary needs.
Written Apr 14, 2009
Food and drinks can be expensive here . To avoid the cost of eating breakfast lunch and dinner here we took a lunch in a soft sided cooler. we also took a bottle of water each and packed extra frozen bottles ( to keep our snaswiches cold) for later. we appreciated being allowed to bring in food and drinks it saved us money as well as time . There are lots of outdoor tables to sit and eat.
Written Apr 2, 2009
It bothers me that smoking is allowed at the Disney Resorts as well as the theme parks. Yes, there are designated "smoking" areas but I still find it repulsive. I was shocked that one of the designated smoking areas in the Magic Kingdom was right by Mickey's Toontown Fair, where all the youngest visitors tend to congregate.
I guess Disney doesn't want to lose money but aggrivating smokers but doesn't mind subjecting us non-smokers to them.
Written Feb 18, 2009
Florida has lots of small ponds and small lakes, many of them are really just retention ponds for the overabundance of rain water we get during the summer months. In the summer when the temperatures are high and the water is warm, bacteria and parasite levels build up and have been deadly for some people swimming in these waters.
If you are visiting Florida, stick to just swimming in the chlorinated pools or the oceans.
Written Sep 24, 2007
visitng the themeparks and other attractions during summer months can really darin you and make you tired. So better yet always hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of fluids. Taking energy drink like Gatorade can really help!
Written Aug 31, 2007
We had a problem with the Ramada Inn Resort Eastgate that hotel in 2005, I wrote to make my complaint known to the manager. A few weeks later I received a letter of apology and I given a voucher asking me to give them another chance. It was one year later I was coming back to Orlando on a late flight and rather than drive two hours to my home I thought I would use that voucher. I called and made a reservation informing them I was using my voucher, I and that I would be arriving at 11:30PM. When we and I arrived at the Ramada Inn it was almost mid-night when we arrived at the Ramada Inn Resort Eastgate, I showed him my voucher along with the other information to the deck clerk who then took it to the night managers office. He returned about ten minutes later with the night manager who then informed me that there were no rooms available but that he had contacted the manager at Ramada Main Gate (which was a few miles away) and that he was expecting us and that we were on our way over to check in. When we got there, the man at the front desk informed me that he also was completely full and had no rooms available. I asked him to call the manager at the Ramada Inn Resort Eastgate and ask him what was I suppose to do? He called and informed me that I was to go to another Hotel just down the road from there and tell them I was over-booked at the Ramada Inn and that I could use my voucher there. When we arrived there that hotel desk clerk would not accept the voucher from Ramada and I was told that I would have to pay for the room myself. I also know that there were two other people in front of me who were also sent to that hotel by Ramada Inn and given the same uncalled for treatment by the managers of the Ramada Inn. To this day I have not gotten an apology from Ramada Corporate Office nor have they tried to compensate me in any way. I want to inform anyone looking to come to the Orlando area not to book any rooms with the Ramada Inn Eastgate or Maingate because they do not honor their reservations.
Written Jan 12, 2007
At last visit to my favortie place on earth i went to disney's thpoon lagoon water park and took a nice refeshing dip in the one of the parks largest pools call hurricane hador a wave pool located at the center of the park! the floor of the pool is a little rough for traction so you don't fall, but it works in the opsite way! when they blow the wistle and the wave came i was sweep under by the wave and the current drug me across the rough pool floor! i recomment if if are going to risk a swim don't go too deep and wear a shirt and water shoes so your'e good time isn't spoiled by a sun burned Bruised body.
Written Jul 4, 2006
resently i read in an article on mouseplanet about a 4 year child Accidental death at disney's EPCOT park, on a ride called Mission Space. the child it turns out had heart problems, but his parents allowed him to ride a motion Simulator type ride anyway! you don't have to be a rocket scienceist to know if you have heart problems you shouldn't ride rides that to cause your heart rate to jump up. specialtly a little kid which nartually will get more excited about a ride than an adult due to children gentrally will have more entergy that say a 25 year or even a teenager! furture more all diseny attractions have a common discliamer that planly states is 3 differenet Languages that you should ride if you have: back problems, heart problems, motion sickness, low blood sugar, or any other medcial contdishtions that mite cause you injury by riding this ride! the EMT's arived on seane 4 mins after 911 was called! when have you ever seen a responds time better than that! since this terrible even disney has taken more precoutinary measure to enser this short of danger never happens agian! on the rides thier are now 2 different lines a green team an a orange team! the green team goes threw the same trianing, but the montion simuliar part stays still. while the orange team this the full teams and agian another warning by video it given to park goers to take green team for less instense ride experince! so please don't blame the parks if you put your own child life at risk atfer being warned.
Written Jul 3, 2006
FYI....Your hotel key can be used anywhere at Disney for anything. Any purchase can be applied on your hotel room and you will be billed at time or departure. So easy to buy and do without taking out your wallet or credit card. This is however linked to the credit card you used when you booked your room.
Updated Mar 27, 2006
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