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StarGirl11
04-17-2012, 04:54 PM
This trip is WAY off but curiosity and the need to plan ahead of time is making me all ready ask about this.

Wondering here if anyone has any experience with lack of depth perception and going on rides at Disney. My Mom has little to no depth perception but I would like to maybe take her on some of the rides with me when we are in MK on NYE. The thing is I'm not sure what she may or may not enjoy because of the lack of perception. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations on what to hit or avoid. Note, will not be taking her on coasters, she doesn't do coaster. She'll be spending most of the afternoon at Tom Sawyer Island but there are still several hours in the park to take her to do stuff.

Other thing concerns collapsible canes and rides at Disney. This is only a problem for about a day but its still there. Long story short I'm a long distance racer for fun and doing my first full marathon I sprained my left ankle, very, very badly. It took me about three weeks to recover. And while the muscles are getting stronger they are still an issue. And part of the reason for the trip is to do the WDW marathon, since my last full day on Disney property is the day of the marathon I am planning to go back to the parks for dinner (probably MK) after a short rest in our hotel room. This is where the cane comes in. Despite being really sore I can move at a fair pace post race as long as I'm using the cane. Its collapsible and fairly easy to store so am I okay to use it while in line for rides and not stored away. I know I am going to have to get a GAC for the day (there's no way I can get around it) so I guess the question is having a cane going to be a problem going to be an issue with GAC or should I maybe opt for a day rental?

Thanks in advance.

buffettgirl
04-17-2012, 05:02 PM
for depth perception nothing really sould be an issue - she'll have to let you know if something bothers her.

I'm confused about your question about the cane and GAC. What will the GAC be for?

StarGirl11
04-17-2012, 05:10 PM
for depth perception nothing really sould be an issue - she'll have to let you know if something bothers her.

I'm confused about your question about the cane and GAC. What will the GAC be for?

After a race I have issues standing with or without a cane for long periods of time this is at its worst for the first 24 hours post race. This is a combination of race soreness and the bad ankle. I've never tested (and won't unfortunately have a chance to set after a full before the race due to my running trainer keeping me away from fulls for now, I know I can stand in lines for a good time after a half but a full is a completely different race) how long I can really stand on my feet the afternoon after the race, I just know that after about fifteen minutes or so it gets really difficult to stay on my feet. I can FP most of the rides I want but there will be at least a few where I can't (HM being one of them). But now that I think about it I probably will need a GAC. I won't really know for sure post race (doing more proper training for this race than others in the past so MAYBE the ankle will be in better condition than in previous experiences but only race day will tell).

buffettgirl
04-17-2012, 05:16 PM
but I'm not sure what a GAC will do. a GAC does not allow you to bypass lines and often any alternate entry areas have 1) no benches for sitting and 2) a longer wait. Usually for all mobility issues they suggest you rent an ECV . And that and the fact that you'll be walking in the park which is a lot more time on your feet than waiting in line. I'd read SueM's sticky topic at the top of this page (post #6 deals with GAC).

StarGirl11
04-17-2012, 05:23 PM
but I'm not sure what a GAC will do. a GAC does not allow you to bypass lines and often any alternate entry areas have 1) no benches for sitting and 2) a longer wait. Usually for all mobility issues they suggest you rent an ECV . And that and the fact that you'll be walking in the park which is a lot more time on your feet than waiting in line. I'd read SueM's sticky topic at the top of this page (post #6 deals with GAC).

Ah okay thanks I was misunderstanding the whole GAC thing. Thanks for pointing me to the thread. Only concern about the ECV's is availability by the time we get to the parks we're talking mid to late afternoon at the earliest or latest and I really don't have the arm strength to pilot a wheelchair. I just may have to take it slowly with stop and go breaks.

deegack
04-17-2012, 05:26 PM
DH used a cane for our last trip. He didn't need a GAC. Sometimes a CM would ask if he could do stairs and once a CM waved him down the exit line of the Mexico boat ride (there was no line it just allowed him to walk fewer steps to get to the boat).
If he had issues we would rest and we budgeted a ecv rental just in case.

bedogged
04-17-2012, 05:32 PM
This trip is WAY off but curiosity and the need to plan ahead of time is making me all ready ask about this.

Wondering here if anyone has any experience with lack of depth perception and going on rides at Disney. My Mom has little to no depth perception but I would like to maybe take her on some of the rides with me when we are in MK on NYE. The thing is I'm not sure what she may or may not enjoy because of the lack of perception. Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations on what to hit or avoid. Note, will not be taking her on coasters, she doesn't do coaster. She'll be spending most of the afternoon at Tom Sawyer Island but there are still several hours in the park to take her to do stuff.

Other thing concerns collapsible canes and rides at Disney. This is only a problem for about a day but its still there. Long story short I'm a long distance racer for fun and doing my first full marathon I sprained my left ankle, very, very badly. It took me about three weeks to recover. And while the muscles are getting stronger they are still an issue. And part of the reason for the trip is to do the WDW marathon, since my last full day on Disney property is the day of the marathon I am planning to go back to the parks for dinner (probably MK) after a short rest in our hotel room. This is where the cane comes in. Despite being really sore I can move at a fair pace post race as long as I'm using the cane. Its collapsible and fairly easy to store so am I okay to use it while in line for rides and not stored away. I know I am going to have to get a GAC for the day (there's no way I can get around it) so I guess the question is having a cane going to be a problem going to be an issue with GAC or should I maybe opt for a day rental?

Thanks in advance.

In regard to your depth perception question, I would be more worried about her getting in and out of the rides than the rides themselves. A number of the rides require you to step down into them. She will definitely need your arm to assist her into them.

buffettgirl
04-17-2012, 05:34 PM
honestly that you can walk at all in MK after running a marathon indicates that you're in better physical shape than 90% of the people who are there. LOL.

StarGirl11
04-17-2012, 05:53 PM
In regard to your depth perception question, I would be more worried about her getting in and out of the rides than the rides themselves. A number of the rides require you to step down into them. She will definitely need your arm to assist her into them.

Hadn't thought of that actually, feel silly for forgetting. Shouldn't be too much of an issue have given her a hand getting up or down before and getting in rides should be too much of problem hopefully.

honestly that you can walk at all in MK after running a marathon indicates that you're in better physical shape than 90% of the people who are there. LOL.

Hadn't thought of it that way but that is true. Though me going theme park going after the race may be my own stubbornness and want to show off talking since we are going to be in Orlando for over two weeks pre-race. Ah well still not going to change anything, plus it will be kind of fun to maybe get pictures with characters while wearing the medal.

clanmcculloch
04-17-2012, 06:02 PM
I would think that other than rides like Pirates of the Caribbean where you have to step down into the boat or Peter Pan where you have to quickly step into the boat from a moving walkway which can't be slowed (have to be able to see how far to step), she may have issues with 3D shows if her eyes aren't able to focus correctly as well attractions that require some kind of aiming/shooting such at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin or Toy Story Mania.

buffettgirl
04-17-2012, 06:26 PM
Hadn't thought of it that way but that is true. Though me going theme park going after the race may be my own stubbornness and want to show off talking since we are going to be in Orlando for over two weeks pre-race. Ah well still not going to change anything, plus it will be kind of fun to maybe get pictures with characters while wearing the medal.

Oh totally show that thing off!

I spent the day yesterday watching my family and friends run in Boston and I'm dead from sitting in a chair at mile 18 all day LOL.

StarGirl11
04-17-2012, 06:34 PM
Oh totally show that thing off!

I spent the day yesterday watching my family and friends run in Boston and I'm dead from sitting in a chair at mile 18 all day LOL.

Congrats to your friends and family on doing Boston! Can't imagine doing a full the in the kind of heat you guys did yesterday. Someday I am going to get enough money to run for charity for that race, someday (so not fast enough right now, I am miss slow poke I get the race done but I get it done slowly). If it makes you feel any better my Mom always complains about being exhausted after I do races even though she isn't the one doing the race (we're still figuring that one out).

ttintagel
04-18-2012, 08:20 AM
I have poor depth percepion, too. The only times it gave me trouble at WDW were: 1. getting into some ride vehicles, 2. walking down some steps, and 3. at 3D movies.

1. You'll be there to give her a hand, and if for some reasone you're not, they can usually slow down the belt if she asks.

2. Just take the steps slow - people can go out around you if they don't like it!

3. Nothing you can do about this one, but most of the movies are enjoyable anyway.

A Mickeyfan
04-19-2012, 05:03 PM
Stepping into the cars/attractions, the 3D and stairs may bother her.. but then again, these are things others have posted.. also watch for the curbs on the streets, I have a tendency of not seeing them too well.

A Mickeyfan
04-19-2012, 05:41 PM
I just thought of another thing that sometimes gets me, the moving walkways.. stepping onto them can sometimes be a problem.. not all the time, just sometimes, depending on the lighting around them.

PatsMom
04-20-2012, 08:32 AM
I have very little depth perception due to a lack of binocular vision - I use one eye to look close and the other to look far. The result is no depth perception. Unless your mother's loss of depth perception is recent, she has probably figured out coping methods for stairs (going down can be awful). I hate the Indy theater and the Fantasmic theater. But I deal with them because I love the shows! They do have stripes painted on the edge of the stairs which helps. You have to go slow and easy and use the handrail.

I don't have a problem with the 3D movies. Although I don't know if they would be better with depth perception, I enjoy them the way I see them.

Stepping down into ride vehicles I do sometimes appreciate a hand from my husband. Same at Haunted Mansion and Peter Pan with the moving walkways. But nothing that limits my enjoyment of Disney!

Hope you have a good trip. The Marathon must be pretty awesome to participate in!