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Old 10-04-2013, 08:26 PM   #1
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Best Resort for 76 year old with advanced Parkinson's and other issues.

I'm *considering* taking my mother to Disney next November or December. If we did we would be a party of 6 - dh, ds14, ds10, ds7, my mom and me. We would have to do two rooms, a 2 bedroom villa, the cabins at Fort Wilderness or one of the suites that sleep 6 in some resorts I guess.

My mother has a few issues. Her Parkinson's is pretty advanced and she has major stability and stamina issues. Around her tiny apartment and at my place she uses a walker, but if I take her to the store she uses the store's EVC. She also has two fake knees, plus an old ankle fracture with pins where the bones are now deteriorating in addition to two torn rotator cuffs. She gets tired really easily from the meds. Needless to say she won't spend all day in any of the parks.

I'm not even sure if I should be entertaining the thought of taking her, but I know she feels bad that we are going this November with my very young and healthy in-laws. She took me to Disney once as a kid and we stayed at the Poly. Only MK and EP were open back then and she loved IASW and BTMR. I know she wouldn't be able to go on many rides, but I know she would love to see the magic and more importantly she would love to see her grandson's enjoying it.

Obviously if we went, I would have to be prepared to run back and forth from the parks to take her back to the resort when she needed to go. She moves very slow so I'm assuming rope drop won't work for her and she would need to take a break in the afternoon, she might not even be able to go back to the park later. Since we are going this year I think we will all be fine with taking things slower at the parks. She would need a nice resort that she could relax at and enjoy. Obviously we would rent an EVC for her mobility issues.

Is it worth taking her there or should we look into another destination considering her needs? I really would like to take her somewhere because she is quite depressed about the direction her life has taken.

If we go, where would you stay considering her limitations? Is WL out because of the boats to MK (do they allow EVC's on the boats, I heard something about water levels affecting it)? There is a club level suite there that sleeps 6 that although expensive, would give her a place to roll to and have a glass of wine in the late afternoon if we weren't around. Obviously the villas have a lot of space, but I'm afraid she might feel isolated at a place like OKW if she is alone at times. She loves to people watch, and she has to have her glass of wine every afternoon.

Is she going to be able to ride anything? She is not looking for high thrills, I was even surprised as a kid that she liked BTMR although she still refers to it as the runaway train, but I would like her to experience some things.

I'm assuming renting a car to speed up getting her around wouldn't work well with the EVC?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:43 PM   #2
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Hi Sheilby,

I just wanted to say I empathize with your dilemma. My mom (71) has advanced Parkinson's and due to the progression of the disease, she had a permanent feeding tube, incontinence issues and can barely speak. My DH and I are going this November with our 4-year-old, but had once intended my parents to join us. Unfortunately that cannot happen due to her health.

IMO, I would do my best to have her come with you for your next trip (presuming her health doesn't further deteriorate). And I think the best resort would likely be the Contempory. I don't remember all the room categories there, but maybe even the BLT section? It would be the easiet to go to/from MK and EPCOT when she tires with the monorail as transportation.

Wishing you all the best planning this. I hope your mom is able to join your family on your next trip.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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My dad recently passed away from advanced Parkinson's. He was in his 80's and was totally home bound. I know how difficult it is to deal with the disease and I've seen first hand how strength and stamina fluctuate from day to day and week to week.

I applaud you for wanting to plan a trip that includes your mom. My recommendation would be Bay Lake Tower or the Contemporary. You could stay in a 2BR villa at BLT. You can walk (and your mom ride) to the MK. It's the only resort with a walking path. It would be easy for your mom to go back and forth for rest periods.

I'm not sure if you mentioned anything about time of year, but I would definitely take the weather into consideration as well.

Good luck with your planning. I'm sure this trip will mean a lot to her.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:29 PM   #4
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I agree you should take her if her health allows. I travel at WDW with a scooter and enjoy just seeing the beautiful grounds. WDW makes riding a lot of rides very easy for those in wheel chairs and ecv. I would not let her miss seeing the joy in a grandchild's face when meeting the mouse or princesses for the first time!! I will be going with my daughter, her husband and my three grandsons next Christmas (along with my best friend). The pleasure of just sharing as much of that joy as you can with your mom will be worth all the effort.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:50 PM   #5
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I agree, the 2br villa at BLT would be a great option. You can sleep three in the living room, so maybe put your kids there, and then she can have her own bedroom and bathroom, as well as you and your husband. And the path is so lovely to get to MK, and easy to get back, so you can go back and forth as you need to relatively easily. I think she would be ok with hanging out there alone...it's a nice big suite, lots of balcony space, and it doesn't feel isolated at all. The lake side of the building is very pretty in the day and of course the theme park side is cool at night.

Happy planning, I hope it all comes together for you all
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Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate the input. I will definitely research the Contempo/BLT. MEK, very sorry for your loss and sweetnjmom, sorry you are going through all that.
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Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate the input. I will definitely research the Contempo/BLT. MEK, very sorry for your loss and sweetnjmom, sorry you are going through all that.
Thank you Sheiby. That is very kind of you!
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Thank you all for your replies. I appreciate the input. I will definitely research the Contempo/BLT. MEK, very sorry for your loss and sweetnjmom, sorry you are going through all that.
Thanks, Sheilby. I hope you are able to figure things out.
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Old 10-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #9
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Hello,

I really don't have any specific recommendations as far as resorts because I think they all have some pros and cons. Although, I really like the Epcot Resorts especially Boardwalk Inn. I think it is such a nice walk to Epcot and around the lake to the other resorts (Yacht and Beach Club). Hopefully, your mother could use the scooter in that area it is so pretty. And, it never felt overly crowded although I guess it depends on the time of year you go.

If she likes to people watch, I think the area is great for that. I was touched by your post and hope it materializes for you. Disney can be so stressful with the crowds, heat, etc. but if you go taking a more leisurely pace, it sounds like it would be a wonderful trip.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:10 PM   #10
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We can definitely go on the less crowded weeks, we home school so we don't have to contend with any outside schedules. I was thinking either mid November or the first week of December. I know she would love the Christmas decorations and I'm a much nicer person to be around when I'm not hot I was wondering about the Epcot resorts, but I wasn't sure about the transportation down there with an EVC.
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