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JulieBR
04-21-2012, 11:19 PM
Hello! My 6 year old daughter needs to use a rental stroller as a wheelchair. Her physician is writing a letter to this effect. With a GAC, will we actually be permitted to use the wheelchair lines since it is a stroller? Or will we only be allowed to bring the stroller into a regular line? Thanks so much!

NOLA_Tink
04-22-2012, 12:56 AM
I'm not sure because some lines do not permit strollers. (Hopefully, others will be able to chime in with helpful info about that.) Also keep in mind that some lines, such as Soarin, only have one line for both wheelchairs and strollers. Pushing my mother's wheel chair up Soarin's steep "hill" in stop-and-go line traffic was not fun.

JulieBR
04-22-2012, 12:59 AM
Hmm. Ok, well thanks for the info!

Hello, neighbor, by the way! I'm in Baton Rouge (hence the BR) :))

deegack
04-22-2012, 05:20 AM
Hi you do not need a doctors note for a gac, in fact the cm will not look at it. You need to explain what your needs are. If you use a stroller as a wheelchair for the most part you use te regular lines as most lines are mainstreamed. However particularly in mk some rides may have a separate wheelchair entrance that you may use. This is not going to get you to the front any faster and may in fact be a longer wait. You should check out the FAQ section above
Have fun

crashbb
04-22-2012, 05:53 AM
You'll use the line used by wheelchairs.

As others have said, for the most part, this will be the "regular line". The only time that there is a different line (either right from the start or a split at some point) are the few lines that cannot be mainstreamed because the regular line isn't able to accommodate a wheelchair. In these cases, you'll follow the line that can accommodate a wheelchair.

With the "stroller as a wheelchair" tag, you can take the stroller into lines in which strollers are not usually allowed - that's kind of the point of the tag (the stroller isn't treated as a stroller, it is treated as a wheelchair).

WheeledTraveler
04-22-2012, 07:05 AM
I just wanted to echo the 2 more recent PP. A stroller-as-wheelchair GAC will allow you to use the same route as wheelchairs for attractions. It will not work for the buses if you're renting outside the parks (most strollers are not safe to be tied down on a bus and it could easily harm both the stroller and your child to do so). Whether you'll be allowed to use the stroller in restaurants will be at the discretion of the restaurant.

Also, Guest Services is not allowed to ask for a letter and as a PP said, will likely not look at it. You need to be able to describe what your daughter needs as a diagnosis will mean nothing to them (and most doctors, to be honest, just write letters verifying diagnosis) and the cast member issuing the GAC needs to be able to see your daughter (although it's not expected that she wouldn't look like any other girl, just they need to see that she's there). Letters are too easy to fake and legally they can't ask. There's also a chance, depending on what her needs are that there are other GAC stamps that might either fit your situation better or which would be helpful in addition to the stroller as a wheelchair. Do not expect the GAC to get you on rides any faster and for some rides, it will definitely be a longer wait. If you need to minimize time waiting in lines, using Fastpasses and a good touring plan that can direct you to when lines are lower/lowest for each park and attraction will be more useful than any GAC stamp. All of this information is in the FAQ that SueMN wrote and has as a sticky on the top of this board.

Finally, if your daughter needs the stroller because of problems with standing and walking distances, you might want to look at an offsite rental or bringing something from home, especially if you're staying onsite. Most WDW resorts are very large so depending on her limitations she may need the option to be pushed in a stroller there as well, assuming she's too big to be carried much of a distance.

I know I've probably given you far more information than you need, but since I didn't see any information about why your daughter needs to be able to use the stroller as a wheelchair, I wanted to try to cover as much as I could.

SueM in MN
04-22-2012, 07:14 AM
Hi you do not need a doctors note for a gac, in fact the cm will not look at it. You need to explain what your needs are. If you use a stroller as a wheelchair for the most part you use te regular lines as most lines are mainstreamed. However particularly in mk some rides may have a separate wheelchair entrance that you may use. This is not going to get you to the front any faster and may in fact be a longer wait. You should check out the FAQ section above
Have fun
::yes::
The specific part of the disABILITIES FAQs thread you are looking for is post 6.
That thread is near the top of this board or you can follows the link in my signature.

As deegack and crashbb mentioned, you don't need a doctor's note, just an explanation of what you need. And, the point of the 'stroller as wheelchair' tag is to allow your stroller to be treated like a wheelchair and go where stroller are usually not allowed.

Edited to add - I was writing at the same time as WheeledTravelel - she also covered the same points.

JulieBR
04-22-2012, 11:20 AM
Dear deegack, crashbb, WheeledTraveler, and SueM in MN, Thank you so much taking the time to assist me and for the bountiful information. My 6 year old daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and her disability is not casually visible. To make it more complicated, she can get up and walk normally so I didn't want any suspicions. This is why I wanted the letter, to avoid any hassle just in case. I'm still worried about people giving her ugly looks.

Yes, we are going to rent offsite so we can have the stroller outside of the parks. Should I put a sign on her stroller to avoid mean looks and comments? If so , what should it say? Or will the tag they give me be visible?

Thank you so much!

MyHappiestPlace
04-22-2012, 11:31 AM
Dear deegack, crashbb, WheeledTraveler, and SueM in MN, Thank you so much taking the time to assist me and for the bountiful information. My 6 year old daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and her disability is not casually visible. To make it more complicated, she can get up and walk normally so I didn't want any suspicions. This is why I wanted the letter, to avoid any hassle just in case. I'm still worried about people giving her ugly looks.

Yes, we are going to rent offsite so we can have the stroller outside of the parks. Should I put a sign on her stroller to avoid mean looks and comments? If so , what should it say? Or will the tag they give me be visible?

Thank you so much!

I use a stroller for my 10 yo dd who has mobility issues. to be honest i've never been on the receiving end of nasty looks; and probably wouldn't even realize if someone was doing it or not. I know that many disabilities cannot be seen and would never judge someone else because they're using a stroller/wheelchair for their needs. Of course there are always those one or two that may be rude but for the most part I've have not encountered that on any of my many trips. I do not use a GAC as she can stand and walk for short distances and I usually do fast passes as much as possible but I do get stroller for her. You'll be surprised by the older kiddos who ride in strollers at WDW - sometimes its easier to just push them around vs dragging :goodvibes

Betty Rohrer
04-22-2012, 04:36 PM
esp at the end of night, you will not get any help from stroller as a wheelchair on the buses. will need to fold before boarding get you daughter on bus without stroller. you will not be able to use ramp and move child to seat and then fold stroller. the GAC helps inside parks, not outside.

lanejudy
04-22-2012, 07:59 PM
Dear deegack, crashbb, WheeledTraveler, and SueM in MN, Thank you so much taking the time to assist me and for the bountiful information. My 6 year old daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and her disability is not casually visible. To make it more complicated, she can get up and walk normally so I didn't want any suspicions. This is why I wanted the letter, to avoid any hassle just in case. I'm still worried about people giving her ugly looks.

Yes, we are going to rent offsite so we can have the stroller outside of the parks. Should I put a sign on her stroller to avoid mean looks and comments? If so , what should it say? Or will the tag they give me be visible?

Thank you so much!

We also use a stroller for a "normal" appearing child of similar age to your DD. She also can walk "normally" -- for a bit -- and while I sometimes cringe as she leaps out of the stroller in anticipation of a ride, WE KNOW that without the stroller it would be a very very short and frustrating day for all of us. Fortunately, we haven't heard much comments; I do try to explain to her that other people don't know about her - they don't know her needs just like they don't know where she lives, who her friends are or what she ate for breakfast - just like she doesn't know those things about others and we shouldn't assume we know about them. I prefer not to address other's ignorant comments directly, and we prefer not to call further attention to DD by using signs. But some here like to educate and that is your choice to use signs. Like I said, we haven't had a lot of instances of nasty comments; it's not uncommon to see kids in strollers.

Rent the stroller and have a terrific vacation!

wendylovesdisney
04-23-2012, 07:16 AM
I have 2 children adopted from China. One has anxiety, is obsessive compulsive. She doesn't have specific things that set her off, but being tired definately make it worse. We will be using a stroller this fall. My daughter is 9, will be almost 10 when we go. She has no mobility problems whatsoever. With a stroller my child can pull the shade way down and decompress. If she's anxious she can be upset with people taking little notice.

People are just going to have to deal. Don't feel bad and just do it.

Also, you will be asked if you can leave the stroller behind. I always get asked that. The cm takes one look at my child and assumes. I used to feel "guilty" (sometimes start the vacation still feeling so) and leave it in stroller parking. Then my child has a major meltdown, and we both end up crying as I sit with my daughter and wish we could be the "normal" Disney family everyone assumes we are.

Just do what's best for you. It's been said here before... "will this help my child have a better experience?"

Be strong mama! Do what's best for your child! :love:

Mama Who
04-23-2012, 12:17 PM
. My 6 year old daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and her disability is not casually visible. To make it more complicated, she can get up and walk normally so I didn't want any suspicions. This is why I wanted the letter, to avoid any hassle just in case. I'm still worried about people giving her ugly looks.



I'm 37, look "perfectly fine" and use a GAC. I had exactly one awkward moment due to a CM mistakenly sending me the wrong way in a line. Guest Services is used to people who "look fine" getting a GAC- that's really what they're for. They're also well aware that many disabilities have symptoms that come and go or get better or worse.

hlizard
04-23-2012, 02:19 PM
In the past we have used a stroller as a wheelchair for my 10 year old sister. She not only needed the wheelchair but could not wait in the long lines because there are just to many people for her to be around. Sometimes we were sent through the regular line, sometimes we waited somewhere else. We have gotten dirty looks and rude comments about why are we allowe to bring our stroller in and they couldn't and how she looks perfectly fine. The tag they give you is bright red and we stuck ours areound on of the handles so that is was visable to everyone. We also recieved a red card saying we could wait ina different line and that her stroller is being use as a wheelchair. Hope some of this helps!

JulieBR
04-23-2012, 08:57 PM
We also use a stroller for a "normal" appearing child of similar age to your DD. She also can walk "normally" -- for a bit -- and while I sometimes cringe as she leaps out of the stroller in anticipation of a ride, WE KNOW that without the stroller it would be a very very short and frustrating day for all of us. Fortunately, we haven't heard much comments; I do try to explain to her that other people don't know about her - they don't know her needs just like they don't know where she lives, who her friends are or what she ate for breakfast - just like she doesn't know those things about others and we shouldn't assume we know about them. I prefer not to address other's ignorant comments directly, and we prefer not to call further attention to DD by using signs. But some here like to educate and that is your choice to use signs. Like I said, we haven't had a lot of instances of nasty comments; it's not uncommon to see kids in strollers.

Rent the stroller and have a terrific vacation!

Yeah, you hit the bullseye - she can walk normally "for a bit". But with too much standing/walking her joints are so swollen and painful at night that she cries herself to sleep. Glad to know someone understands. This disability is all still very new to us.

JulieBR
04-23-2012, 08:59 PM
I have 2 children adopted from China. One has anxiety, is obsessive compulsive. She doesn't have specific things that set her off, but being tired definately make it worse. We will be using a stroller this fall. My daughter is 9, will be almost 10 when we go. She has no mobility problems whatsoever. With a stroller my child can pull the shade way down and decompress. If she's anxious she can be upset with people taking little notice.

People are just going to have to deal. Don't feel bad and just do it.

Also, you will be asked if you can leave the stroller behind. I always get asked that. The cm takes one look at my child and assumes. I used to feel "guilty" (sometimes start the vacation still feeling so) and leave it in stroller parking. Then my child has a major meltdown, and we both end up crying as I sit with my daughter and wish we could be the "normal" Disney family everyone assumes we are.

Just do what's best for you. It's been said here before... "will this help my child have a better experience?"

Be strong mama! Do what's best for your child! :love:

Oh, you are so kind! Thank you!! We are definitely doing the stroller as a wheelchair. Much Love :) :lovestruc

JulieBR
04-23-2012, 09:01 PM
In the past we have used a stroller as a wheelchair for my 10 year old sister. She not only needed the wheelchair but could not wait in the long lines because there are just to many people for her to be around. Sometimes we were sent through the regular line, sometimes we waited somewhere else. We have gotten dirty looks and rude comments about why are we allowe to bring our stroller in and they couldn't and how she looks perfectly fine. The tag they give you is bright red and we stuck ours areound on of the handles so that is was visable to everyone. We also recieved a red card saying we could wait ina different line and that her stroller is being use as a wheelchair. Hope some of this helps!

I love the idea of having the tag prominently displayed. My 6 year old is not self-conscious yet, so if anything it will help me transition into a world I know little of (well, actually two worlds - Disney and Disability both!). Thank you!~

mommaof3girls
04-23-2012, 09:15 PM
My DD has moderately severe CP and we will be using her stroller as a wheelchair as well (she cannot transfer without being lifted/carried, can only walk very limited distances with major support, has moderate to severe language delays (mainly non-verbal but knows sign language). We know this will help make our trip a smooth and fantastic one! Soon we will be having to make the transition to a pediatric special needs stroller or wheelchair, but for now her Maclaren Techno XLT works perfectly.

CarolineB
04-24-2012, 01:09 PM
Five years ago, when my DS was between 2 1/2 and 3 years old, I brought him to Disney three times for about 4-5 days each time. At the time we knew something was "different" about him as he just didn't have the self control other young kids had. For example, he couldn't be in confined spaces without trying to touch others in line or stand still. I came prepared with a letter from his pediatrician to get a GAC and like the other posters said, the letter wasn't needed. I just had to explain what accommodations would be helpful, which to be honest, I didn't know at the time.

Anyway, I was given a red sticker tag to put on his stroller that said "stroller = wheelchair" and I was given a GAC for our length of stay. My DS was allowed to stay in his stroller all the way up to each ride, use alternate entrances, bring his stroller in to any building just like a wheel chair, and sit in the wheelchair parade viewing area. We had a wonderful vacation each time and I attribute this to the accommodations that Disney provided. A few months after the last trip, my son was diagnosed with ADHD. We did have one instance when he tried to jump off the boat on the Living with Land ride and I had a hard time holding him but otherwise he did great. I also was able to keep him in the stroller for some rides and the train at MK. Keeping him strapped in the stroller proved to be the safest for him. I also used a toddler harness which I've noticed are generally accepted now.

Five years later, my son is now 8 years old, we recently moved to FL, live 10 miles from Disney and just bought annual passes. DS is able to handle lines much better, no longer needs the GAC pass or to be confined to a wheelchair for fear that he'll annoy another guest. I just wanted to let you know that the Disney CM are aware that not all accommodations are based on obvious visible needs. The CMs are really great with being patient with him and we've been enjoying Disney World all over again and for DS it's like going for the first time because he doesn't remember anything from 5 years ago.

I think it's really important to be the best advocate for your child as only you know your circumstances the best.:cheer2::cheer2::cheer2:

Mrsjvb
04-24-2012, 03:00 PM
Yeah, you hit the bullseye - she can walk normally "for a bit". But with too much standing/walking her joints are so swollen and painful at night that she cries herself to sleep. Glad to know someone understands. This disability is all still very new to us.


I was diagnosed at 5. i (Literally) feel her pain.

all I can do is suggest that she TAKE IT SLOW and DO NOT try and cram everything in at once. no sense in being miserable cuz no one will enjoy themselves. not sure if you mention where you are staying, but if you have access to a hot tub in the evenings, the heated water and jet action can be a godsend.

I also take 'pre emptive' drugs.. and extra dose of my anti inflammatory meds. In fact I have asked( and gotten approval) from my doctor to stab myself in the thigh with an extra dose of Humira( normally taken every 2 weeks currently) while at the World.

oh and TAKE A DAY OFF!!!!

seriously.. pick one day( for us it is always the middle of the trip) and do NOTHING strenuous.. that's the 'hang out by the pool all day' day.. or the "Hit DTD for a movie and Ghiardelli sundaes.' day. She's a bit young for the spa Session I get.. massage/facial etc.

Mickey'snewestfan
04-24-2012, 07:53 PM
esp at the end of night, you will not get any help from stroller as a wheelchair on the buses. will need to fold before boarding get you daughter on bus without stroller. you will not be able to use ramp and move child to seat and then fold stroller. the GAC helps inside parks, not outside.

Does that apply to strollers for special needs kids that have tie downs for buses? I'm thinking of something like a Kid Kart that wouldn't be confused with a regular stroller.

Betty Rohrer
04-24-2012, 09:35 PM
i do not know about special needs strollers but i did see that tie downs are very tight including one that goes across the wheelchair. not sure if strong enough, would check with supplier to be sure about tie downs esp if child stays in stroller. ECV's can be tied down but you are not allowed to stay on while tied down.

SueM in MN
04-24-2012, 10:57 PM
Does that apply to strollers for special needs kids that have tie downs for buses? I'm thinking of something like a Kid Kart that wouldn't be confused with a regular stroller.
A special needs stroller that was manufactured with a transport option comes with tie down points and seat belt installed. Those can be tied down in the buses
and the child can stay in it. Thy hold still wear the bus seat belt because that is part of the restraint system that ties the chair down and holds the child to the chair.

Regular strollers or special needs strollers that were not designed for transport need to be folded on the bus. It is not safe for a child to ride in them and the frame cn get bent just by tieing it down.

JulieBR
04-24-2012, 11:00 PM
I was diagnosed at 5. i (Literally) feel her pain.

all I can do is suggest that she TAKE IT SLOW and DO NOT try and cram everything in at once. no sense in being miserable cuz no one will enjoy themselves. not sure if you mention where you are staying, but if you have access to a hot tub in the evenings, the heated water and jet action can be a godsend.

I also take 'pre emptive' drugs.. and extra dose of my anti inflammatory meds. In fact I have asked( and gotten approval) from my doctor to stab myself in the thigh with an extra dose of Humira( normally taken every 2 weeks currently) while at the World.

oh and TAKE A DAY OFF!!!!

seriously.. pick one day( for us it is always the middle of the trip) and do NOTHING strenuous.. that's the 'hang out by the pool all day' day.. or the "Hit DTD for a movie and Ghiardelli sundaes.' day. She's a bit young for the spa Session I get.. massage/facial etc.

Wow, thank you - you really do literally feel her pain. Have you ever gone into a clinical remission? She just started Enbrel injections yesterday for the very first time and that's what I was hoping for.... :(

Mrsjvb
04-25-2012, 03:47 PM
Wow, thank you - you really do literally feel her pain. Have you ever gone into a clinical remission? She just started Enbrel injections yesterday for the very first time and that's what I was hoping for.... :(

From 5-7 I was in a WC full time. of course this was back in the deep dark ages of antiquity when 'children didn't get RA' so nobody realized that regular... if low impact exercise was CRUCIAL. as a result I lost a great deal of hip and knee mobility that was never regained. ( I take full responsibility for my wrists being locked in to position as I refused to do what I was told) EVERY joint is affected. some worse than others( one knee, both wrists, neck, hips)

from 12-18 I was in remission. College was so strenuous that it flared up again. It's all been downhill from there. I am *ahem* past 40 now and re are seriously discussing the necessity of hip and knee replacement. Thank gawd I have amazing insurance and will pay nothing out of pocket.

They didn't have these wonderful drugs like Enbrel and Humira when I was first diagnosed.. all I had were NSAIDS.. which have wreaked havoc on my liver. do be careful though.. with a repressed immune system she will be susceptible to colds and other infections easier. Hand gel is your friend. just don't go overboard or it will lose its effectiveness..

carry a light sweater or jacket.. inside attractions and other locations that are A/c, the extreme change from outdoors/hot and humid often triggers a flare up in me.

Also she will want to get up and walk around a little bit every hour.. for me that tends to be bathroom breaks, and I will almost always stash the chair for meals too. steps are no longer my friend though so most rides.. I stay in t as long as I can.

JulieBR
04-25-2012, 05:19 PM
From 5-7 I was in a WC full time. of course this was back in the deep dark ages of antiquity when 'children didn't get RA' so nobody realized that regular... if low impact exercise was CRUCIAL. as a result I lost a great deal of hip and knee mobility that was never regained. ( I take full responsibility for my wrists being locked in to position as I refused to do what I was told) EVERY joint is affected. some worse than others( one knee, both wrists, neck, hips)

from 12-18 I was in remission. College was so strenuous that it flared up again. It's all been downhill from there. I am *ahem* past 40 now and re are seriously discussing the necessity of hip and knee replacement. Thank gawd I have amazing insurance and will pay nothing out of pocket.

They didn't have these wonderful drugs like Enbrel and Humira when I was first diagnosed.. all I had were NSAIDS.. which have wreaked havoc on my liver. do be careful though.. with a repressed immune system she will be susceptible to colds and other infections easier. Hand gel is your friend. just don't go overboard or it will lose its effectiveness..

carry a light sweater or jacket.. inside attractions and other locations that are A/c, the extreme change from outdoors/hot and humid often triggers a flare up in me.

Also she will want to get up and walk around a little bit every hour.. for me that tends to be bathroom breaks, and I will almost always stash the chair for meals too. steps are no longer my friend though so most rides.. I stay in t as long as I can.

I am so very sorry you have had such a struggle with your JRA. That really stinks. Thank you a million times over for sharing these tips with me. Much Love! :hug:

memakwed
04-27-2012, 02:07 PM
We used a stroller as wheelchair in Aug for our 7 yr old. We simply went to guest services to get a GAC and they had a long red sticker that wrapped around our stroller handle that read stroller as wheelchair. We used it in all lines and there were no problems as long as you show the sticker on the stroller. Most CM's saw it right away but if they didn't we just pointed it out and they let us get in line.

anonymousegirl
04-27-2012, 02:33 PM
On attractions like TSMM which has stairs, I assume that if I am using a stroller as a wheelchair, we would end up in the separate accessible boarding area, but what about Buzz, or Haunted Manison which does not involve stairs but does involve moving walkways? My autistic nephew needs to have his safe place (for his comfort and everyone's else's) but can walk and use the moving walkways without the need for slowing or stopping the motion.

kathleendsm
04-27-2012, 03:31 PM
On attractions like TSMM which has stairs, I assume that if I am using a stroller as a wheelchair, we would end up in the separate accessible boarding area, but what about Buzz, or Haunted Manison which does not involve stairs but does involve moving walkways? My autistic nephew needs to have his safe place (for his comfort and everyone's else's) but can walk and use the moving walkways without the need for slowing or stopping the motion.

We use the stroller as a wheelchair with my son who has some developmental delays and motor planning problems. The moving walkways are hard for him, but we usually just carry him and let the CM know that they don't need to stop it. That's been fine for things like HM and Buzz if there are no other wheelchair guests that they need to stop it for anyway.

If your child is able to walk, there are some rides, Jungle Cruise and Killomanjaro Safaris come to mind, where it's really a lot better to use FastPass if you're able to do so. The wait for an accessible vehicle is far longer most of the time. At KS we typically just stow the stroller with the wheelchair tag in stroller parking. One time a CM wouldn't let us and we were seriously annoyed, because DS ended up more stressed with all the waiting in the wheelchair line than if we'd just been allowed to park the stroller and stay with the FastPass line.

SueM in MN
04-27-2012, 03:31 PM
On attractions like TSMM which has stairs, I assume that if I am using a stroller as a wheelchair, we would end up in the separate accessible boarding area, but what about Buzz, or Haunted Manison which does not involve stairs but does involve moving walkways? My autistic nephew needs to have his safe place (for his comfort and everyone's else's) but can walk and use the moving walkways without the need for slowing or stopping the motion.
With a stroller as a wheelchair, you would use whatever is the accessible loading area/boarding. For TSMM, there is a set of steps just after getting the 3D glasses, at the point where there Fastpass and regular lines merge. Guests using mobility devices or need to avoid the stairs go to the right, up a ramp. Guests who do not need to bypass the stairs go to the left.

For attractions with moving walkways, they normally slow them for guests with wheelchairs, but do not stop it unless asked. When you get to the boarding area, you can tell them that you donít need to have it slowed or stopped.

anonymousegirl
04-27-2012, 04:43 PM
With a stroller as a wheelchair, you would use whatever is the accessible loading area/boarding. For TSMM, there is a set of steps just after getting the 3D glasses, at the point where there Fastpass and regular lines merge. Guests using mobility devices or need to avoid the stairs go to the right, up a ramp. Guests who do not need to bypass the stairs go to the left.

For attractions with moving walkways, they normally slow them for guests with wheelchairs, but do not stop it unless asked. When you get to the boarding area, you can tell them that you donít need to have it slowed or stopped.

And what do we do with the stroller at Buzz for example if we go through the mainstream line? Does the CM take it and pass it through to the exit area?

SueM in MN
04-27-2012, 06:22 PM
And what do we do with the stroller at Buzz for example if we go through the mainstream line? Does the CM take it and pass it through to the exit area?
As you go thru the mainstream line at Buzz, there is a turn to the right where you actually get to the boarding area. Instead of turning right, guests with mobility devices go straight ahead there into a hallway that leads to the unload area. You will wait there in an area alongside the unload area until called by a CM. The mobility device will be at the exit area when you get off.

The hallway is after the the Fastpass and Mainstream Lines merge, so it is the same which ever line you are in.

NOLA_Tink
04-28-2012, 11:57 PM
Hmm. Ok, well thanks for the info!

Hello, neighbor, by the way! I'm in Baton Rouge (hence the BR) :))


Dear deegack, crashbb, WheeledTraveler, and SueM in MN, Thank you so much taking the time to assist me and for the bountiful information. My 6 year old daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and her disability is not casually visible. To make it more complicated, she can get up and walk normally so I didn't want any suspicions. This is why I wanted the letter, to avoid any hassle just in case. I'm still worried about people giving her ugly looks.

Yes, we are going to rent offsite so we can have the stroller outside of the parks. Should I put a sign on her stroller to avoid mean looks and comments? If so , what should it say? Or will the tag they give me be visible?

Thank you so much!

Hi, neighbor! Don't worry about getting nasty looks! You'll be on vacation & others simply need to mind their own business. My mother has permanent nerve damage in her legs from chemo, and she's (without fail) in a wheelchair after our first half-day in the parks. She can walk the distance from the chair to a ride's seat, but anything longer is excruciating for her. I don't think anyone has ever given us questionable looks & the Disney CMs have always been very helpful and understanding.

HAVE AN AWESOME VACATION!!!

Betty Rohrer
04-29-2012, 06:57 PM
as Sue said, you will be sent up the ramp with the stroller, will not be allowed up the steps. you will get off at same place you get on or stroller will be moved to exit. this is what happened with daughter's,adult, EVC. whole group will be sent that way. line can get long. if stroller goes to loading area, it will be at exit when you arrive there. if Thounder Mountain is on list, i was allow to ride second time with out getting off to get back wheelchair the time i needed, much to my grandson's joy at 2 rides in a row.