These are a few basic tips if you are planning on visiting Walt Disney World using a wheelchair or if someone in your party is. This is by no means a definitive list but this should help you get your plans rolling and will make your trip to Disney even easier.
When you are making your room reservation, make sure that the Cast Member you speak with contacts special reservations. They are the only ones that can reserve a wheelchair accessible room with a roll-in shower. Just let the Cast Member know what you need and then a few weeks before your trip call to make sure that those requests are on your reservation. You can see a list of what Disney offers guests with special needs here.
Also, when you are making your dining reservations let them know that you or someone in your party will be using a wheelchair. You can check out the post on my blog for specifics.
On your first day at the park, stop by guest relations to pick up a Guest Assistance Card. The type of card you get will depend on your disability. The card will be good the entire length of your stay. Even if you don’t think you need one, get it just in case.
Each park has a guide map for guests with disabilities. To save time, you can get the guide for all four parks at that first stop in guest relations. It will save you some time on your first visit to the other parks and you can become familiar with the layout, location of companion restrooms, and wheelchair parade viewing areas.
If you are going to be using a stroller instead of a wheelchair for your child you can also get a special tag for the stroller at guest relations as well. This lets Cast Members know to treat the stroller as a wheelchair and allows you to take it through queues where other strollers have to be parked. You can read all about it in my last post for The Disney Moms here.
My biggest tip is that if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask a Cast Member. In my experience they are more than willing to help you out with anything that you need. Disney truly is a magical place and they do a great job of making things as accessible as possible. My husband wrote a blog about it. They really take the weight of the world off of your shoulders.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me via e-mail at disneyonwheel(at)gmail.com. I’d be happy to help.