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Old 03-16-2008, 08:46 AM   #16
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DME = Disney's Magical Express

Orlando - terminal maps and layouts; You can find DME on the Terminal Layout map, one Level One, look for the letter "S"

Here is a picture of the DME bus lift in its highest position:


DME Bus steps


Someone using a wheelchair can ride it up the lift and then the wheelchair will be fastened down to the floor of the bus.
A wheelchair or ECV can also be placed underneath the bus in the luggage storage compartment.
People have posted before that they were allowed to stand on the lift and ride it up for boarding because they were unable to climb the steps.
A DME bus driver posted in late 2008 that this was not allowed and only a person with a wheelchair or ECV is allowed on the lift. No one may stand on the lift.

If you feel you can't climb the steps, let the CM know when you are making your reservations for DME and again when you check in. They will need to come up with some alternative for you.
I have seen people using an airport wheelchair to ride up the lift, get out of the wheelchair to sit in a seat and then borrow a wheelchair at the resort to get out.
On our last trip, I noticed that there were 2 wheelchairs in the under bus storage area. Since we were the first on, the wheelchairs were on before the bus arrived at the stop.
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WDW Pools

Zero entry pools are pools which have a gradual ramped entry so that someone can walk or roll into them without having to go down any steps.
The zero entry pools have a water wheelchair available, but do not leave it out when not in use, so you will need to ask for one if you need it.
Heres the whole list of zero entry pools:

Art of Animation
Big Blue Pool

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
zero-depth-entry Uzima Springs Pool with a waterside (zero entry is at top of picture)


For DVC guests; Samawati Springs Pool at Kidani villager - zero entry with 128 foot slide and two whirlpool spas


Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Large Spanish fort-themed zero entry pool with a waterslide, waterfalls and water cannons, a wading pool and a whirlpool


Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Courtyard Pool, zero-depth-entry Beach Pool with a waterfall


Disney's Polynesian Resort
Zero-depth-entry Nanea Volcano Pool with a waterfall and a waterside


Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
High Rock Spring area with a waterfall, a zero-depth-entry freeform pool and a play area with a waterside. Picture shows the toddler slide and zero entry area to the right of the slide.

The Paddock Pool is also zero entry. I could not find any actual pictures, so this is an artist drawing of how it was to look.


Bay Lake Tower
Bay Cove Pool, a zero-entry pool, exclusively for Guests of Bay Lake Tower. The main feature of Bay Cove Pool is a 20-foot high and 148-foot long water slide. There is also a separate ADA approved accessible slide.
Zero entry area is at top of picture (shows someone lying in the area)


You will notice that Stormalong Bay is not on this list, although many people call it a zero entry pool. That is because it doesnt actually have a zero entry area other than a zero entry kids area. It is sort of in the main pool, but you cant get into the main pool water from the zero entry kiddie pool/play area.
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MK attractions and Accessibility/transfers

See post 28 of this thread for more information on attractions with moving walkways. Guests without a mobility device /obvious need (cane, walker, etc.) will need to explain their needs to the CMs at the attraction to use the accessible boarding area. The are no stairs and moving walkways can be slowed or stopped at the accessible boarding spot.

Guests may park their wheelchair or ECV with the strollers and walk in line if they wish. But, be aware:
  • Take the ECV keys with you. Remove and backpacks or items you are concerned about anyone taking.
  • The distance walked in some lines is much longer than it appears, so even if the wait is short, the distance may be long.
  • Wheelchairs and ECVs parked with the strollers may be moved by CMs as they keep the area straightened.
  • Some attractions involve a wait without any seats unless you have a wheelchair or ECV (see post 22 of this thread).

For MK, this is a list of attractions with accessibility information. Guests using wheelchairs can access all attractions to the point of boarding. In some cases, the boarding area will be somewhere other than the regular boarding area. If there is a different boarding area, CMs will direct you where to go.
I put those in bold that guests would be able to stay in the wheelchair or ECV for.
The ones that have a wheelchair ride car are in blue bold. The guest with an ECV would need to be able to transfer to a wheelchair to use these wheelchair cars.
The ones just in black regular type are ones that require a transfer that may be difficult.
  • Magic Kingdom Railroad - about a 12 inch step up into the train car. The train station at Main Street is on second floor level. There is no elevator. If walking, there is a fairly steep set of steps. Guests using wheelchairs and ECVs go up a steep switchback ramp on the right side, as you face the station.
  • Astro Orbiter - about a 12-15 ins step over the side of the car and the seat is very close to the ground
  • Big Thunder Mountain - fairly level step in, but opening is narrow. The regular queue includes some fairly steep ramps.
  • Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin - about 4-6 inch step up into ride car. Moving walkway, which can be stopped or slowed.
  • Carousel of Progress
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Dream Along with Mickey (show on the castle stage)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant - about a 6 inch narrow step over the side of the ride car. Has one transfer Dumbo where the side of the Dumbo can be swung away for an easier transfer. It is a very low seat to transfer into.
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Hall of Presidents
  • The Haunted Mansion - has a moving walkway, which can be slowed or stopped. Floor almost level with moving walkway.
  • it's a small world - about a 12 inch step over the side of the boat, then about 10-12 inches down to the seat and about 10-12 inches down to the floor. This is a link to a thread about Small World with pictures, showing the wheelchair boat: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2711435
  • Jungle Cruise - about a 6 inch step up to the top of the boat and then about a 10 inch step down into the seat of the boat and another 10-12 inches down to the floor.
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mad Tea Party - about 6 inch step up over the edge of the saucer, then about an 8-10 inch step over the side of the teacup - narrow opening
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin - narrow opening with about a 6 inch step over the side of the carpet
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - about a six inch step up into the honeypot
  • Mickey's Philharmagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan's Flight - moving walkway which cant be slowed or stopped. Floor of pirate ship is almost level with moving walkway.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean - This attraction has a very long queue - even without a wait, you will be walking a long distance if you dont bring a wheelchair into line. Guests with ECVs can park the ECV and borrow a wheelchair to use in the line. About a 6-8 inch step over the side of the boat, about 6 inches down to the seat and another 8-12 inches down to the floor. Steep moving walkway to get back up to ground level at the unload area. There is an elevator down a small hallway to the left
  • Prince Charming's Regal Carrousel - there is a chariot, but it is a step up
  • Space Mountain -step over the side of the ride car
  • Splash Mountain - Regular line has a flight of stairs. about a 15 inch step over the side of the ride car with a narrow opening.
  • Stitch's Great Escape! -not a ride car, but is a wheelchair spot where you can experience all the special effects
  • Swiss Family Treehouse - MANY flights of stairs, some are twisting, most are narrow and many are steep
  • Tom Sawyer Island - island is not accessible, but guests in wheelchairs can go on raft over to island
  • Tomorrowland Speedway - low car with step over side to get in and seat close to ground level
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority - not accessible; the station is at 2nd floor level and there is a very steep moving walkway to get there and back down. Ride load and unload includes a moving walkway which is not stopped. Small step up into ride car

In addition, guests MIGHT be able to make a transfer onto the ride car for Haunted Mansion if they can transfer from a wheelchair. It is not that difficult of a transfer because it has a level floor and the transfer car has a door wider opening. You can park a wheelchair as close as you need to park by the ride car with the moving walkway closed. The guest would need to explain what is needed to the CM. Here is a picture of the transfer doombuggy.


*This is a link to the DIS site (wdwinfo) page which has links to more information about each attraction.
*Link to MK attraction blog post with pictures from touringplans.com.
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Epcot attractions -accessibility/transfers

See post 28 of this thread for more information on attractions with moving walkways. Guests without a mobility device /obvious need (cane, walker, etc.) will need to explain their needs to the CMs at the attraction to use the accessible boarding area. The are no stairs and moving walkways can be slowed or stopped at the accessible boarding spot.
Guests may park their wheelchair or ECV with the strollers and walk in line if they wish. But, be aware:
  • Take the ECV keys with you. Remove and backpacks or items you are concerned about anyone taking.
  • The distance walked in some lines is much longer than it appears, so even if the wait is short, the distance may be long.
  • Wheelchairs and ECVs parked with the strollers may be moved by CMs as they keep the area straightened.
  • Some attractions involve a wait without any seats unless you have a wheelchair or ECV (see post 22 of this thread).

For Epcot, this is a list of attractions.
I put those in bold the guest would be able to stay in the wheelchair or ECV for.
The ones that have a wheelchair ride car, I put in blue bold. The guest would need to be able to transfer to a wheelchair.
The ones just in black regular type are ones that require a transfer that some guests would not be able to make.

Honey I Shrunk the Audience - 3D movie, currently Captain EO
Imagination! - about a 6 inch step up
Innoventions

The Seas Pavilion including:
  • Bruces Shark World
  • Nemo ride - less than 6 inch step up into ride car. There is a moving walkway which can be stopped.
  • Turtle Talk
The Land Pavilion including
  • Living with the Land (there is a new wheelchair boat, which is ECV accessible. The old wheelchair boat was not accessible to ECVs) - small step up into boat
  • Circle of Life
  • SOARIN - very easy transfer. Ride has seats similar to lawn chairs in rows. Guests who choose to walk in line will find it is a very long walk - over 1/4 mile to get from the line entrance to boarding and a similar distance to get from the unload area out again.
Spaceship Earth - some guests MIGHT be able to make this. Would require a transfer to a wheelchair, stopping the wheelchair close to the ride car on the moving walkway and a transfer into the ride car. They do have one transfer car with a wider opening. The moving walkway can be slowed or stopped for guests boarding at the accessible boarding spot.

Test Track - step down into the ride car and down to the low seat. There is a wheelchair transfer spot (the seat belt check area), but this spot may not work for some guests. It involves a step over the side of the ride car, similar to stepping over the side of a bathtub.

Universe of Energy - Ellens Energy Adventure - small step up

Mission: Space - about a 4-6 inch step up into the space capsule. Sort of narrow opening.

This is a link to the Epcot Future World page on the DIS site (wdwinfo)

These are the World Showcase attractions, with a link to the WS page on the DIS site.
Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico - about a 10 inch step down side of the boat, down to the seat and then down again to the floor

Maelstrom - the ride is not accessible, but there is a short movie at the end-if the guest wants to watch, ask the CM at the ride entrance. To get onto the Viking boat for the ride involves about a 12 inch step over the side of the boat, down to the seat and then down to the floor.

Reflections of China - guests stand for the show. There are lean rails that you can lean forward or back against, but nowhere to sit unless you have a mobility device.
American Adventure
Impressions de France
O Canada! -guests stand for the show. There are lean rails that you can lean forward or back against, but nowhere to sit unless you have a mobility device.
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Disney Hollywood Studios - accessibility/ transfers

See post 28 of this thread for more information on attractions with moving walkways. Guests without a mobility device /obvious need (cane, walker, etc.) will need to explain their needs to the CMs at the attraction to use the accessible boarding area. The are no stairs and moving walkways can be slowed or stopped at the accessible boarding spot.

Guests may park their wheelchair or ECV with the strollers and walk in line if they wish. But, be aware:
  • Take the ECV keys with you. Remove and backpacks or items you are concerned about anyone taking.
  • The distance walked in some lines is much longer than it appears, so even if the wait is short, the distance may be long.
  • Wheelchairs and ECVs parked with the strollers may be moved by CMs as they keep the area straightened.
  • Some attractions involve a wait without any seats unless you have a wheelchair or ECV (see post 22 of this thread).

For Disney Hollywood Studios
I put those in bold that the guest would be able to stay in the ECV for.
The ones that have a wheelchair ride car, I put in blue bold. The guest would need to be able to transfer to a wheelchair.
The ones just in black regular type are ones that require a transfer that some guests would not be able to make.
  • American Idol Attraction
  • Backlot Tour - this tour includes a walking tour, which is ECV accessible and a tram tour part, which has a wheelchair spot, but is not ECV accessible. The step up to the tram is about 12-15 inches with very good handholds. If you go on both parts and park the wheelchair or ECV at the area where the walking tour begins, be aware that the tram part of the tour does not bring you back to that exact area.
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • Fantasmic! - There is a stroller parking area about 2/3 of the way between the entrance to the attraction and the seating area. Wheelchairs or ECVs could be parked there, but be aware that the seating for the show is stadium style, with seating on steps. THere are limited numbers of wheelchair/ECV spots at the top row of the theater.
  • The Great Movie Ride - some guests may also be able to transfer to a ride seat. They are bench seats and could park the ECV very close to board. There is a very small step up into the tram. When this attraction is busy, the line begins near the big Sorcerers Hat icon building, which makes quite a long walk.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Playground - is listed as accessible to both, but parts of the path are tight
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Show
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Stunt Show - For guests who are walking in, the distance walked is probably close to 1/4 mile to get to the seating area - and an equal distance out.
  • Magic of Disney Animation
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster - about 8-12 inch step up over the side of the car
  • Sounds Dangerous
  • Star Tours
  • Tower of Terror - there are no steps to get to front row, but other rows are up on to 3 steps
  • Toy Story Mania - this one makes a quick turn after each game and some people find it too jarring. Very small step up to ride car. The special ride car is wheelchair accessible, but not ECV accessible. Guests can drive an ECV within a few feet of the ride car. There is a set of steps in the regular line. Guests with wheelchairs, ECVs or other mobility devices bypass the stairs.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Heres a link to the Hollywood Studio page
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom - accessibility/transfers

See post 28 of this thread for more information on attractions with moving walkways. Guests without a mobility device /obvious need (cane, walker, etc.) will need to explain their needs to the CMs at the attraction to use the accessible boarding area. The are no stairs and moving walkways can be slowed or stopped at the accessible boarding spot.

Guests may park their wheelchair or ECV with the strollers and walk in line if they wish. But, be aware:
  • Take the ECV keys with you. Remove and backpacks or items you are concerned about anyone taking.
  • The distance walked in some lines is much longer than it appears, so even if the wait is short, the distance may be long.
  • Wheelchairs and ECVs parked with the strollers may be moved by CMs as they keep the area straightened.
  • Some attractions involve a wait without any seats unless you have a wheelchair or ECV (see post 22 of this thread).

This is a link to the DIS sites page about Animal Kingdom.

I put those in bold that the guest would be able to stay in the ECV for.
The ones that have a wheelchair ride car, I put in blue bold. The guest would need to be able to transfer to a wheelchair.
The ones just in black regular type are ones that require a transfer that some guests would not be able to make.

Boneyard - this is a playground; you would be able to go on the paths

Chester & Hester's Dino-Rama including
  • Primeval Whirl - this is a very turbulent ride. It is a roller coaster which also rotates unexpectedly. This can throw guests around quite a bit. Getting in involves a step up about 12-15 inches up to the ride car
  • TriceraTop Spin - about a 12-15 inch narrow space step over the side of the ride car.
  • Fossil Fun Games - carnival type games
Dinosaur - very turbulent ride simulating a Range Rover type ride in a primeval jungle. Step up into the ride car. Guests parking their ECVs
Expedition Everest - about 6 inch step over the lip of the ride car
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo - The Musical
Flights of Wonder
It's Tough to be a Bug

Kali River Rapids - The regular loading area has a moving walkway. The accessible boarding area has way to trap the ride raft to limit movement, which makes loading easier. Getting onto the ride involves stepping up about 12-15 inches thru a narrow doorway. It can be wet and slippery.
Kilimanjaro Safari - tram has space for one wheelchair; tram is not ECV accessible. Need to step up about 15 inches into the ride tram; there are good handholds. There is a stroller parking area about 2/3 of the way from the line entrance to the boarding area. Guests using ECVs or wheelchairs in line are directed to an accessible boarding area not long after the stroller drop off area. The accessible tram returns to the same area for unloading after the ride. The wait at the accessible boarding area is usually longer than the wait for guests boarding at the regular boarding area. Trams that board at the regular boarding area drop guests off in a different spot after the ride.
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Oasis - area between entrance as you come in and Discovery Island
Pangani Exploration Trail

Rafiki's Planet Watch including
  • Wildlife Express Train- it is at least 1/4 mile between the Planet Watch Station and the building that houses the attractions.
  • Habitat Habit!
  • Conservation Station
  • Affection Station - a petting zoo. ECVs are not allowed for the safety of the animals
Tree of Life/Discovery Island Trails
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Attractions where guests need to stand

Many attractions involve a preshow or a wait in a 'holding area' for 10-15 minutes or more. Those are often shows that have guests 'collect' in a prehow area while another 'set' of guests is in the show. Once the first guests leave the theater, the doors open for the next set of guests who are waiting in the preshow area.
Having a DAS (Disability Access Service) card will not prevent you from standing in those situations. Most of the areas have a very few or no seats at all and you have to wait in the preshow area to get into the show.
Some examples of places where you would have to stand - DAS or not would be:
Studio
Great Movie Ride
American Idol Experience
Muppet Vision 3D
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Studio Backlot Walking Tour
One Man's Dream (This is a walking tour)
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Magic Kingdom
Railroad - there is not a preshow, but the train has to come to the station for you to board it.
Tiki Room
Hall of Presidents
Haunted Mansion
Country Bear Jamboree
Mickey's Philharmagic
Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor
Stitch's Great Escape
Enchanted Tales With Belle - the first part of the experience is about a 2 minute introduction to the story while standing in Belle's father's workshop. The second part is standing in the wardrobe room for about 5 minutes while roles are assigned for play parts. There is no place to sit for either of these. Guests are seated on backless padded benches for the remainder of the show.

Epcot
Ellen's Energy Adventure
Mission Space
Test Track
Circle of Life (Movie at The Land)
Soarin'
American Adventure
Reflections of China (a 14 minute movie that has no seats, just rails to lean against)
O Canada (a 14 minute move that has no seats, just rails to lean against

Animal Kingdom
It's Tough to Be a Bug
Festival of the Lion King (you will need to wait for the next show)
Wildlife Express Train (you will need to wait for the next train - they leave every 5-7 minutes)
Flights of Wonder (there may not be a place to sit when waiting for the next show)
Finding Nemo (you will be standing during your wait for the next show)

Having a wheelchair or ECV would give you a place to sit during those kinds of attractions and would also help you cover the distances for a WDW visit. Many people don't think about how much they walk in a day at WDW, but the average is at least 3 miles per day.
Many of the lines are very long distance to walk from the entrance to the actual boarding area. For example, Soarin is about 1/4 mile from the entrance to the line until the boarding area. There is an equal distance from the point you complete your flight until you get back out of the ride.
A DAS would not usually shorten the distance and the DAS is only used in lines and does nothing to help you get from place to place.
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Attractions with warnings

WDW has marked some attractions with warnings. They are marked with a red triangle on the map and also on a sign at the entrance to the queue and at least once before boarding.
The wording for the general warning is:
WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.

The warning they use is general and doesn't give any information about what the specific warning or that attraction, so Im adding a few notes regarding each ride that is listed with warnings on the maps.
This will help you decide if you want to consider any of the attractions with warning.
Anyone with a significant health problem will want to discuss it with their doctor.
If in doubt, you can ask the CM at the attraction for more information, have someone else in your party ride to give an opinion, or sit it out.
(but don't send a thrill ride junkie on for an opinion - my DH feels all the thrill rides are "nothing; no problem at all", but he loves thrill rides, the worse, the better.)

For Epcot here are the attractions with warnings:
  • Mission Space - Minimum height 44 inches. Both the more tame (green side) and the more wild (orange side). They are both turbulent with the biggest difference that the orange side spins on a centrifuge as well as moving back and forth. Sudden changes of direction that jerk you around a lot.
  • Test Track - Minimum height 40 inches. This has sudden stops, swerves and goes fast. Little neck support.
  • Sum of All Thrills - in Innoventions. This is a 'design your own thrill ride'. Because the ride you design can have extreme motion, it is on the list with warnings.
For Magic Kingdom:
  • Splash Mountain - Minimum height 40 inches. This has several small drops and one very large drop. The big drop takes you down at a very extreme angle at a high rate of speed (I think you get to 40 mph). At the bottom, your ride car stops abruptly. Most of it is fairly smooth, but during the drops, you can get jostled. It is also difficult to get in and out of because the ride car has very small openings and you would need to lift her up quite far over the side.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Minimum height 40 inches. A roller coaster. Has no head or neck support and you get jostled a lot side to side. Sudden changes of direction that jerk you around a lot.
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway - Minimum height 32 inches. Small, low to the ground gas powered cars. They are loud and smell of gas. Because kids are driving some of the cars, you can get bumped from behind. Even if you dont get bumped, it can be a jerky ride. No neck support.
  • Space Mountain - Minimum height 44 inches. A roller coaster in the dark. Guests ride single file in separate seats.
  • Goofys Barnstormer - this was recently renovated. It is a short roller coaster. WDW does not give the usual general warning, but just says "Expectant mothers should not ride."
For Disney Studio
  • Star Tours - Minimum height 40 inches. A simulated spaceship ride with sudden dips and other movements. Sudden changes of direction that jerk you around a lot.No neck support.
  • Rock N Roller Coaster - Minimum height 48 inches. A roller coaster. Fairly smooth, but very fast and does an inversion.
  • Tower of Terror - Minimum height 40 inches. You sit in an elevator and get dropped. It is fairly smooth, but arms and legs will move around. No neck support.
For Animal Kingdom:
  • Kilimanjaro Safari - this is a tram ride through a simulated African wildlife preserve. It can be bumpy and my DD is bumped around quite a bit in her wheelchair. No neck support.
  • Kali River Rapids - Minimum height 38 inches. A river raft ride. The raft is free floating inside a channel and there are several places where the raft can get dropped rather hard. You may get wet or completely soaked. No neck support.
  • Expedition Everest - Minimum height 44 inches. A roller coaster which goes backwards at one point. No neck support.
  • Primeval Whirl - Minimum height 48 inches. This looks pretty tame from the ground, but it is a small roller coaster combined with unexpected and quick turning. There is little restraint and you can get whipped around a lot.
  • Dinosaur - Minimum height 40 inches. This is a very rough, noisy ride in the dark. It is a simulated time travel ride in a Jeep-like vehicle that goes up and down over simulated hills. Sudden changes of direction that jerk you around a lot. No neck support.

These attractions have no warnings, but some people have reported problems with them.
Magic Kingdom
Pirates of the Caribbean - Does have one small drop in the dark.
Haunted Mansion - At one point, the doombuggy turns around and goes down an incline backwards. Some people have reported that this short sequence caused an uncomfortable pressure on their back or neck. The doombuggy does have neck support.

Disneys Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Mania - this is a ride car that goes thru a video game with a number of different scenes. In between each scene, the ride car makes a quick turn which some people find a bit jerky.

Epcot
Spaceship Earth - this is a very gentle, slow ride. Toward the end of the ride, the ride car turns around and goes down a steep incline backwards. Some people find that this sequence is uncomfortable because they are resting on their backs and necks (there is good neck support).

Maelstrom in Norway - This has no warnings and is not a fast or wild ride. It does have one backwards drop, but it is not a rough drop.

Many people think that Soarin has warnings, but the only warnings are for fear of heights and possible motion sickness. It is a very gentle simulated hang glider ride. The seat is supportive and feels like a comfortable lawn chair. It has a 40 inch height requirement.
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Attractions with bright or flashes of light

There are not actually any attractions at WDW that use lights that are technically strobe lights (i.e, fast, regular flashes of light) and they do not have any warnings for seizures and/or strobe lights on any attractions. Where they do have flashing lights, they are always irregularly flashing, which is a different situation.
Most true strobe lights flash many times per second, but slowing to 5 flashes per second or less means that the majority of even photosensitive epileptics are not going to have a problem. Only about 3-7% of people with epilepsy are photosensitive and have problems with lights; of those, only about 5% would have a problem with a light flashing 5 times per second or less.

If you do encounter flashing lights and are concerned, the Epilepsy Foundation recommends covering one eye and turning/looking away from the direct source of light. The reason for covering only one eye and looking away from the direct light is to prevent both eyes from sending exactly the same information to the brain.
This should work whether someone has a problem with epilepsy or has problems with lights for another reason.

This is a list of attractions I know of with light effects of some type. Many attractions have a single light or 2, so it is difficult to list all. But, I am sure that we have included most of them.
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  • Enchanted Tiki Room - periods of darkness with simulated lightning. The lightning is random and short.
  • Pirates - some lightning flashes in the first dark part of the ride. Some random flickering from simulated flames in the last half.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Rail Road - there are no light effects in this attraction, but if you are riding on a sunny day, you will go in and out of dark tunnels repeatedly at high speed.
  • Splash Mountain - on a sunny day, there are several places where you will go from dimly lit indoor areas to outdoor. The ride moves slowly, so the change is slow. There is a single bright flash when your picture is taken during the big drop.
  • Haunted Mansion - almost at the end of the preshow, there is a flash of lightning at the top of the ceiling. Boarding area includes flickering wall sconces.
  • Small World - the end scene includes numerous ropes of white lights that blink on and off in a regular pattern. I would describe it as a traveling pattern - as one light goes off, the next light in line goes on. So, the light travels down the strand of lights.
  • Buzz Lightyear - just before the last room of the ride, there is a long narrow tunnel room with swirling red lights and flashing white lights. The swirling and flashing are not rhythmic. The last room of the ride includes several very bright random flashes of white light.
  • Stitch's Great Escape - Most of this attraction takes place in the dark, but there are some random light flashes at times (while looking for Stitch)
  • Space Mountain - multiple flashing lights

Epcot
  • Spaceship Earth - the first part of the ride and the last part of the ride are dark, long and narrow.
    The entrance 'tunnel' has screens high on the wall, warning that your 'time capsule' will turn and descend at some point during the ride. The screens are bright compared to the walls.
    The exit tunnel has some lighting effects, but not flashes.
  • Ellen's Energy adventure - includes a movie where parts are dark and then light suddenly appears (the 'Big Bang' theory of earth's creation). Also includes a section with ‘confetti’ lights in different colors ‘falling’ from a point in the ceiling to the floor across guests.
  • Mission Space - Includes a flash of light for a picture and flashing instrument lights to alert ‘astronauts’ to push particular buttons. There are also small amber colored flashing alarm beacons at the end of the ‘runway’ when you are landing on Mars.
  • Test Track - the walls and ceiling in most of this attraction are black, with colored strips of light. On pictures they look like neon lights, but are probably fiberoptic lights. The lights do not move or flicker. There is one section where your car looks like it will run into a truck, which has suddenly turned its lights on. Soon after that, the car travels outside, so if the day is bright, you ill go into bright sunlight.
  • Living with the Land - simulated thunderstorm in the first few scenes. The first part of the attraction is dim; the second part is in a greenhouse, where the light can be a bit of a shock when you first enter. At one point, the boat enters a 'fish farm' part of the greenhouse, which has dim red lighting. After traveling thru that part, you will agin be in a greenhouse. The ride boat moves slowly though, so it is not difficult to adjust to the different lighting..
  • Soarin' - One of the last scenes includes soaring over a city at night, over a highway. The headlights of cars are either white (headlights) or red (taillights) and are moving quickly. The end scene includes fireworks
  • Journey into Your Imagination - Some flashes of light. One bright flash near the end where a picture used to be taken.
  • El Rio del Tiempo (Mexico) - fiber optic fireworks in the ceiling and wall in the last scene
  • Maelstrom (Norway) - near the beginning there is a spinning, pulsating light. It is irregularly pulsating
  • American Adventure - the Chief Joseph sequence has a few stokes of lightning. The World War 2 sequence on a ship includes arcs of welding light.

Studio
  • Star Tours - flashes of light during the attraction (you are in a space ship and end up in a spaceship fight)
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid - some flashing light, some twinkling lights and some pulsating blue/green laser lights above your head to simulate the top of the water. All are random
  • Rock N Roller Coaster - one bright flash of light during picture taking
  • Tower of Terror - one bright flash of light during picture taking. Elevator door opens suddenly to give a view of outdoors (so bright light on a sunny day). Some twinkling lights during the early part of the ride and I was too busy being scared and holding DD down to notice any more.
  • American Idol - includes bright flashing lights and spotlights that move/beam rapidly across the stage and sometimes the audience.
  • Fantasmic - includes some bright flashes of white lights that beam across the audience, fireworks, 'eye lights' from dragon and snake. Many people are using light up toys which may be set on rapid flashing. Glow with the show ears change color in synch with the show. Most of the color changes are slow transitions.The ear part is translucent white plastic.

AK
  • Festival of the Lion King - one act includes twirling flaming sticks
  • Dinosaur - dark ride with sudden appearance of dinosaurs in front of you. Random flashes of light. One big flash as a picture is taken.
  • Expedition Everest - includes some bright light effects

My mother has migraines and finds that reflections off water (especially the World Showcase Lagoon) bother her on a very bright day. She also has problems sometimes with the 360 movies in China and Canada because they are all around.
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More about Wish trips for children with serious medical condition.

Make a Wish and other Wish trips
  • Organizations for WISH type trips for adults
    Dream Foundation - this is the best known of the adult wish granting organizations
    Dream Lives On
    One Gift - Happiness Unlimited - this organization is only for cancer patients
    Fairy Godmother.org is still listed on a lot of resource lists, but their website is no longer operating and the organization closed October 31, 2008)

The Big Give is a group of kind volunteers who provide some special surprises to families who have been approved to go on Wish trips.
They are not able to give to every family, but they sprinkle as much pixie dust as they are able. Because there were some misunderstandings about how the Big Give works, I was asked to add this message to the disABILITIES FAQs thread:

I know we have a lot of new families. I want to say WELCOME! I know your child's Wish trip will be magical!

I would also like to remind everyone that the Big Gives are not something you can "sign up" for.
Please don't message members asking for your child to be included. Asking puts us in a postion of having to say no. We really don't want to do that. Posting on other threads does not increase your child's chances. The way the Big Give works is we find you. There is not anything for you to do to make it happen. The planners of the Big Give are in contact with each other and planning Gives months in advance. The Gives are a gift, it's not something to ask for or strongly hint at. If you qualify and are chosen for a Give, you will be notified. We are fairly persistent if we don't get an answer the first time we PM too!

We are volunteers who sew for Wish kids as time and money allow. We are not part of MAW and don't get funding. We are Moms and Grandmas, who work, manage our families, attend school, homeschool and sew when we have spare time.

Even without a Big Give, EVERY child will have a special and magical trip!

To all of those getting ready for your trip Have Fun and enjoy a magical week with your child. For those still waiting for dates, hang in there-magic is around the corner!
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Attractions that are good places to cool off

People frequently ask about attractions that are good for getting out of the heat, so here are some suggestions.

Some attractions I would suggest for MK:
  • Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland - an audioanimatronic musical show with birds.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland - even though it is a ride, it is a long ride and the waiting area is inside and cool.
  • Country Bear Jamboree in Frontierland - singing bears. Corny in a cute way.
  • The Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square - a history lesson in about 20 minutes.
  • The Haunted Mansion in Liberty Square - another ride, but a long one.
  • Mickey's Philharmagic in Fantasyland - a really cute 3D movie with lots of music.
  • Small World in Fantasyland - another long ride.
  • Monsters, Inc Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland - this is a cute show with the characters from Monsters, Inc.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority - this is outdoors, but there is usually a breeze. It's an elevated tram ride thru Tomorrowland.
  • Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland. It's nice and cool in the theater and is a long attraction - about 15 minutes.
  • Stitch's Great Escape in Tomorrowland - this is indoors and you will be seated. Some people like it and others hate it. It is a show starring Stitch from the movie Lilo and Stitch. Except it's before the movie and he's not lovable Stitch, he is possibly dangerous Stitch. And since most of it takes place in complete darkness, you hear, smell and feel more than you see.

For Epcot, everything is fairly long and is inside, so you won't have a problem finding cool spots in Future World. Everything will be a good choice.
In World showcase, the pavilions with rides or shows are:
  • Mexico - a boat ride thru Mexico, searching for Donald Duck.
  • Norway - more of a thrill ride thru Norway's history.
  • China - a very nice movie of the history if China shown on screens all around. There are no seats, but there are lean rails that you can use during the show.
  • America - a really nice audioanimatronic show featuring American History from the first European settlers to the beginning of the 21st century.
  • France - a movie showcasing the scenery of France. Beautiful music, beautiful scenery, comfy seats and air conditioning.
  • Canada - another standing movie with lean rails
  • each country also has shops- even though she would not be seated, they are a good way to get out of the heat.

For the Studio, most things are indoors and are fairly long, so there are many things to do there to get out of the heat. I'll just mention a few things:
  • Walt Disney: One Man's Dream is a walk thru attraction with a short sit down movie. Well worth seeing since there are many interesting one of a kind pieces on display.
  • Beauty and the Beast is a Broadway style show in a covered outdoor theater. Even though it is outside, there are fans on the ceiling and it does feel cool.
  • Indiana Jones Stunt Show is also in an outdoor roofed theater. It also feels cooler than outside.
  • lights, Motors, Action - this is an auto stunt show. While it is interesting, it is also noisy, smelly and many of the seats are in full sun.

Animal Kingdom is regarded as feeling quite hot. Not sure if it is all the vegetation, or if it just feels hot because of what you are looking at. Most attractions are outdoors. Lines are well shaded or roofed and even have fans to provide a breeze. Except for Discovery Island, there are not that many shops to go into to get out of the heat. So, we usually watch the weather reports and save Animal Kingdom for a cooler day.
Here are a few of the cooler shows:
  • It's Tough to be a Bug in Discovery Island - a show combining 3D movie with audioanimatronics and effects that come at you including sprays of water and some things you can feel on your seat.
  • Festival of the Lion King in Camp Mickey Minnie - an amazing show with singers, acrobats, a 'flying bird' dance, a fire twirler and more - one of our favorites. This is all performed inside an air conditioned theater.
  • Kilimanjaro Safari in Africa is an open air tram ride thru the African Savannah. Even though it is outdoors, it usually doesn't feel that hot.
  • Flights of Wonder in Asia is a bird show in an open air theater. Even though it is outdoors, it also doesn't usually feel very hot.
  • Finding Nemo -the musical in Dinoland This is a Broadway type show, based on the movie Finding Nemo. An indoor air conditioned theater. We really like this one too.
  • Dinosaur in Dinoland - indoor line and fairly long ride. It is a thrill ride, though, so be aware of the warnings for those with health problems. It us a very turbulent ride with periods of almost complete darkness.
  • Kali River Rapids in Asia. This is a thrill raft ride, so there are some warnings for health conditions. Even though it is outdoors, you will get either sprinkled or completely soaked, so will probably not be hot after riding!
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Attractions that may cause problems for people with claustrophobia

At MK:
  • Haunted Mansion preshow room is a fairly small room called the Stretching Room. It has “No windows and No doors” (the Ghost Host reminds you of that). After the preshow, guests file into another very dark room for boarding and the space gets gradually narrower and narrower as you get closer to boarding. The doombuggies are a problem for some people because of the darkness, the ‘roof’ of the ride vehicle and the fact that for part of the ride you are going backwards down a ‘hill’. If you want to ride without going thru the Stretching room, talk with the CM at the entrance.
  • Stitch’s Great Escape is not ‘tight’, but is dark and some people have problems with the over shoulder harnesses and feeling like they can’t escape. Parts of it are in total darkness.
  • Carousel of Progress has a fairly low ceiling is fairly and once the show begins, it is not possible to leave without an emergency stop of the show. I have not heard of anyone having a problem, but the inability to leave may cause a problem for some people.
  • Mickey’s Philharmagic and Laugh Floor have preshow ‘gathering’ areas where many guests are congregated to wait for the next show. The spaces are large and if someone has a problem being in the crowd, it is possible to hang back away from the crowd. The CMs will tell guests to keep moving forward and fill in all space, but if the CM tells your group to keep moving forward, just explain why you need to stay back.
  • Space Mountain has a ‘tunnel’ with flashing lights that your ride car goes thru at the beginning of the ride. The ride itself is in near total darkness, which some people have issues with. The space rocket itself fits fairly tightly.
  • Tom Sawyer’s Island has some narrow passageways to make your way through.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean waiting area is themed as a connecting set of caves. It is dim and the ceiling is fairly low. The wait generally is short, so guests pass thru the caves quickly, which minimizes any potential problems. When exiting the attraction, guests go up a steep moving walkway. Guests who are not able to use this use a small elevator to get back to group level.
  • Astro Orbitor in Tomorrowland is located above ground level. There is a small elevator to get up and down from the ride.
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority is an elevated tram that gives an overview of Tomorrowland. The track goes into some buildings, including a section going thru Space Mountain. This gives a bit of a Space Mountain overview, but is also extremely dark.
  • Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid in New Fantasyland has a series of cave-like passageways to get to the boarding area. Some areas are narrow or have fairly low ceilings. The last part before boarding is quite dark.

At Epcot:
  • Spaceship Earth has a sort of narrow ‘hallway’ that your ride car goes thru at the start of the ride and another that your ride car will go down backward at the end of the ride. Both of those can cause a problem for some people, especially the backwards part near the end. There is an interactive touchscreen experience while going down, which helps.
  • Ellen’s Energy Adventure has very large spaces, but some people are bothered by knowing that the ride is long and once it has begun, it can only be stopped in emergency.
  • Mission Space has a small room for the preshow. The ride is a small capsule to begin with and the control panel advances toward you once the ride car has closed, making it even smaller. Interestingly, I have problems with claustrophobia and didn’t have a problem on Mission Space. The waiting area and the ride capsule is pretty much identical whether riding the original version or the more 'tame' green version.
  • Test Track has a waiting line for both the regular line and the Fastpass line that snakes around quite a bit. The ‘music’ in the queue area includes a lot of clanging and banging sounds that might be a problem for someone with claustrophobia. The preshow area is a fairly small room with a fairly low ceiling. When it is crowded, it may feel more claustrophobic.
  • Soarin’ queue is in a large space, but the line may feel very tight because there are high walls on both sides (both Fastpass and regular line). There is an interactive game occurring in the regular line, which means people may be jumping, waving, swaying next to you while playing the game.
  • Guests entering the Land with a wheelchair or ECV need to use a small elevator to go from the entrance level down to the level where the food court, Soarin' and Living With the Land are located.
  • Nemo ride at Living Seas had a darkened line with a lot of twists and turns. It is seldom busy, so guests move through quickly, which minimizes problems.
  • Guests with wheelchairs at the Living Seas need to use a small elevator if they want to go to the second floor of the attraction.
  • Sum of All Thrills at Innoventions is a 'design it ypurself' roller coaster. Guests sit in a self contained ride with a tightly fitting restraint and a screen that comes very close to the guest's face while the ride is in motion.
  • American Adventure theater is on the second floor of the building. Guests can get up there using an escalator or a flight of stairs. Guests with wheelchairs or ECVs use a small elevator to get up there. When leaving, all guests go down a fairly steep ramp.

At Hollywood Studios
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid has a fairly small room for the preshow area and they do pack guests in quite tightly.
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has a preshow in a library with a fairly low ceiling and many people will be in the room for the preshow. The ride car is a fairly large elevator, but the ceiling is fairly low and many people with claustrophobia or anxiety issues have problems with elevators in general.
  • Rock N Roller Coaster is a very dark ride, which may cause problems for some people. It also has an over the shoulder restraint.
  • Fantasmic waiting line and theater are outside, but some people have difficulty because of the large number of people and the closeness. If you have enough people in your party, they can act as a ‘buffer’ around you to keep a space around you.
  • Toy Story Mania is a large space, but at one point of the line, you come to a steep set of stairs which leads to a passageway that goes over the ride track and then another stairway to get back down to board. There are windows in the passageway, but the ceiling is fairly low.
  • Star Tours ride is in a fairly small theater with no windows, simulating a small space ship. A movie is shown out the front 'window' and your space ship moves in reaction to what is going on in the movie.
  • Honey I Shrunk the Kids playground has some small tunnels for climbing thru that you may want to avoid.

Animal Kingdom:
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug has a low ceiling in the preshow area that simulates being underground. The theater itself is large, but some guests with claustrophobia may have difficulty with the the darkness and the fact that things are happening to you - some of them poking you in the back or bottom.
  • Dinosaur has a tunnel sort of area that the ride cars go thru to be sent back to the past. Once in ‘the past’ , the attraction very dark, some in almost total darkness. There is a set of stairs in the boarding area. Guests who are not able to use the stairs use a small elevator to get to the boarding area.

The best way to avoid crowded preshows is to go during less busy times and to use touring plans, which will help you to be in the least crowded part of the least crowded park.
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Attractions with moving walkways and stairs

Attractions with moving walkways: Guest with wheelchairs, ECVs and mobility devices do NOT need a Disability Access Service (DAS) card to board in the accessible area. Guests without a visible disability would need to explain their need to a CM.

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Haunted Mansion - The moving walkway can be slowed or stopped, but only if you are boarding at the unload area. We just rode it in October 2014 and it was stopped at our request so that DD could board. It was also stopped for exiting when we were finished. (We have been on it many times in the past and have always had it stopped - I added this recent info because some people have posted in the past that it did not stop). There is a transfer car with a wider opening that makes transferring in easier for some guests, but no wheelchair accessible car.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority - there is a steep ramped moving walkway to get to the second floor station. There is also a moving walkway to board and exit and a moving ramp to get back down to the ground after riding. I would not recommend this attraction for anyone with trouble on moving walkways. These moving walkways can NOT be stopped and are sort or slippery and very steep metal ramps if they are not working and are stopped for any reason.

Buzz Lightyear - Can be slowed or stopped, but only if you board at the unload area. They will normally slow it and only stop if slowing is not enough. There is a special wheelchair accessible ride car that a wheelchair can be rolled onto. Some of the CMs are so efficient at getting a wheelchair into the car that they can load it with just a slight slowing of the moving walkway.

Pirates of Caribbean - steep moving walkway to get back from the underground exit to ground level (like an escalator without steps). There is an elevator to the left of the moving walkway, down a short hall. It brings you out into a sort of deserted looking semi-backstage area near the restrooms. Pirates has a very low boat that is a big step down to get into and a big step up to get back out.

Space Mountain - steep moving walkway at the exit. There should be a way to avoid this with a wheelchair, but I have not ridden it with DD and her wheelchair, so I don't know for sure how.

Peter Pan - can only be stopped in emergency, and stopping requires an evacuation of the attraction.
Sometimes, it is possible to have the CMs stop this attraction for the very first or very last ride of the day. Because of how this ride operates, they can only stop it for boarding if there are no other guests on the ride. For the first ride of the day, they would load guests with disabilities with only a small number of other guests on the attraction (the number who would fit in the cars on the stopped walkway) before starting the walkway. At the end of the ride, they would stop the ride and all guests get out before re-starting the moving walkway. (This information is from an area supervisor at MK).

Voyage of the Little Mermaid - the moving walkway csn be stopped or slowed and there is a wheelchair accessible ride car. Guests with mobility devices or who need extra time board at the unload part of the moving walkway. This is much longer than the regular loading part and allows much more time for getting into the ride clamshell.

Epcot

Spaceship Earth - you enter at the exit; there is a waiting area for people with wheelchairs, ECVs and special needs. The wait is sometimes long and they tend to load people with special needs in 'batches', so keep your group together while you wait. They usually slow the walkway, but it can be stopped completely if absolutely needed.

Where's Nemo - does have a moving walkway. It can be slowed way down and stopped completely. They will usually only slow it, but can stop it on request. There is a special wheelchair accessible ride car.

The Land Building - the building is on a hill and you enter on ground level on the top of the hill. There is a long steep ramp down to get to the level where you will find escalators or stairs to get down to ground level where the rides are. There is also an elevator on the far left side of the building. Look for the Garden Grill restaurant and head left, around a corner. This thread explains access for the rides in The Land (page 2).

American Adventure - does not have any moving walkways, but the access to the building is on ground level and the access to the theater is on 2nd floor. If not using a wheelchair, there are stairs or an escalator to get upstairs. With a wheelchair or other visible mobility need, you can use the elevator to the right of the building entrance. (see the thread I linked in The Land).[/list]
Disney's Hollywood Studio
Has no attractions with moving walkways.

AK

Kali River Rapids - has a circular moving walkway for entry and exit. There is a separate loading area for guests with wheelchairs/ECVs/special needs. You wait in the 'regular' line until just before getting to the boarding area, when you are sent to a different boarding area. In this area, they can 'trap' a boat for boarding; the boat stays in place and you don't use the moving walkway.

List of attractions with STAIRS: Guests with ECVs, wheelchairs and other mobility devices do NOT need a DAS to use the accessible areas that bypass these stairs. Guests without a visible disability would need to talk to the CM.

MK
Splash Mountain - there is an accessible bypass just before the stairs that sends guests to a waiting area near the exit

WDW Railroad at Frontierland and Main Street- there is a ramp at both stations, but it is steep and winding

Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse - stairs are winding, steep and narrow

Tom Sawyer’s Island - the island is not considered accessible. There are narrow spots and places with stairs in the fort. A very narrow child's chair may be able to get around.

Big Thunder Mountain RR - has no stairs, but has some very steep ramps, which I think people remember as stairs.

Epcot
American Adventure - stairs to get to the 2nd floor for the show. By the stairs, there is an escalator, so you can avoid the stairs. There is a small elevator for guests with wheelchairs, ECVs and other mobility devices. See a CM to use it.

O Canada - there are stairs to reach the 2nd floor level shop area and the entrance to the movie. You can avoid that by following the path thru the garden on the right side of Canada as you face the shops from the front of Canada

At DHS
Beauty and the Beast - show is in a theater with stairs to get down to the seats. Most of the wheelchair/ECV accessible seating is in the back rows. Guests without mobility devices can sit in the rear to avoid the stairs. To get down to the wheelchair accessible seating in the front rows, there is a very steep ramp with many switchbacks.

Toy Story Mania - has stairs just after the point where guests pick up their 3D glasses. There is a ramp that bypasses the stairs.

Lights, Motors, Action - stairs in the amphitheater to get to the seating.

Indiana Jones - stairs in the amphitheater to go down to the seating. You can sit in one of the back rows.

Fantastmic - stairs in the amphitheater to go down to the seating. Very back row is for wheelchairs and ECVs. Several rows ahead are for guests with special needs. There is very limited accessible seating for guest with wheelchairs in the front row; access is by a steep ramp.
There is a ramp all the way from front to back on the far right as you face the stage. This area is the Fantasmic dinner package seating and guests who are not part of that ‘program’ are not allowed in that area before the show.

For Animal Kingdom

Dinosaur - stairs in the boarding area. Guests who can’t do the stairs use an elevator just to the left as you leave the preshow area.

Festival of the Lion King - theater has stadium seating with some seats up many stairs. Much of the ground level seating is for guests with special needs.

Nemo - stairs in theater to get down to seating or sit in stadium seating in the very rear of the show. Back row is for guests with wheelchairs and ECVs, but you can sit in the front row of the stadium seating. There is a small amount of accessible seating for wheelchairs and ECVs in the middle and very front of the theater with access via a ramp.
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I think it is important for people to let Disney know that some of the changes being done are making it more difficult for some guests. There are sometimes unintended consequences of changes and WDW won’t know the changes caused problems unless people let them know.

Here is a link to the email page for WDW:
http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/contact/

For those who want to send a letter or phone call:
Disney Complaints and Comments:
Walt Disney World Guest Communications
P.O. Box 10,040
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040

Disney Guest Relations - 407-824-4321

Put something in the Subject line about disabilities so it gets routed to the correct people to answer your question.
Be as specific as you can in what the problem was, what you need, what was changed, what is helpful, what is not helpful.
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Oxygen at WDW

Travel with Oxygen
If a passenger needs oxygen during a flight, you must arrange it thru the airline. No passenger supplied oxygen is allowed. Each airline handles oxygen a little differently, so you will need to work with your airline on this. There are also some airlines that do not allow oxygen.
You should be able to find out what you need from the airline website or by calling the airline and asking o speak with someone who deals with disabilities or special needs.

Airlines are required to allow FAA approved concentrators. There will be a list on the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) website and also on the airline website. Portable Oxygen Concentrators remove oxygen from the air and provide it to you at a higher concentration than is present in the air.

Make sure you have enough batteries and supplies for the whole flight, plus possible delays - the current requirement is 150% of the amount you need for the expected length of your flight.
Your doctor may have to fill out some forms for the airline about your need for a concentrator. If you need oxygen during the flight, your doctor will have to fill out some information and prescriptions.

There is more information about air travel in post 15 on page one of the disABILITIES FAQs.
Also check out the links to the TSA in that post to find information about taking your equipment, including portable concentrator and items like a pulse ox

Arranging for Oxygen at your Destination
Call your current oxygen supplier to make arrangements. Depending on the company, your contact person may be in the Social Services, Billing or order department.
*Many oxygen suppliers are part of a national chain, are networked with other suppliers or have contacts with other providers in the Orlando area.
Your current provider will help with:
  • finding a supplier who will deliver to your resort
  • doctor's orders
  • getting what you need in terms or equipment/supplies
  • billing your insurance
    Oxygen is a prescription item, so your doctor will need to write a prescription. The company you are using will already have one and should be able to help you get this taken care of for the company in Florida.
It should be totally transparent to you, and you should not have to do anything special other than give your dates, where you will be staying and answer some questions about the supplies and equipment you will need.

Parks With Oxygen
Oxygen and concentrators are allowed in the parks. If you have more equipment than you can carry, each park has lockers where you could safely stow some. There is a fee for using lockers.
Each park also has a First Aid Station where you could leave extra supplies or equipment. There is no charge for using First Aid.
The location of lockers and First Aid are marked on the park maps.

WDW Rides with Oxygen

WDW has marked some attractions with warnings. They are marked with a red triangle on the map and also on a sign at the entrance to the queue.
The wording for the general warning is:
WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.

WDW does not list anything about oxygen, so there are some you may be able to ride and some not. It will probably depend on the exact equipment you have, how far it can be located away from you and what exactly the set up for that attraction is. You will probably need to talk to a CM at each attraction for a final decision.

You may want to take the specific information about the rides to your doctor for more specific advice.

For some of them, there is a height requirement, so a child on oxygen may not be able to ride anyway. I listed the height requirement for those that have a minimum height.
I do not have experience with oxygen, but have ridden these attractions. Other posters may have actual experience with oxygen, although many people using oxygen would have other conditions that keep them from riding these.
Even if you can’t ride any of these, there are still plenty of things without warnings (and without height requirements, for younger guests).

For Epcot here are the attractions with warnings:
  • Mission Space - Minimum height 44 inches. There is a warning for both the more tame (green side) and the more wild (orange side). They are both turbulent with the biggest difference that the orange side spins on a centrifuge as well as moving back and forth. Sudden changes of direction that jerk you around a lot. This is a very turbulent ride and my guess is that oxygen would not be allowed.
  • Test Track - Minimum height 40 inches. This has sudden stops, swerves and goes fast. Little neck support. It is not really that rough, so oxygen might possibly work.
For Magic Kingdom:
  • Splash Mountain - Minimum height 40 inches. This has several small drops and one very large drop. The big drop takes you down at a very extreme angle at a high rate of speed (I think you get to 40 mph). At the bottom, your ride car stops abruptly. Most of it is fairly smooth, but during the drops, you can get jostled. It is also difficult to get in and out of because the ride car has very small openings and you would need to step up quite far over the side and lift your equipment over the side. Oxygen might work on this if it can be on the floor of the ride car because backpacks are put there and stay in place.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Minimum height 40 inches. This is a roller coaster. Has no head or neck support and you get jostled a lot side to side. Sudden changes of direction that jerk you around a lot. I am quite certain that oxygen would not be allowed here because there is so much movement.
  • Tomorrowland Indy Speedway - Minimum height 32 inches. Small, low to the ground gas powered cars. They are loud and smell of gas. Because kids are driving some of the cars, you can get bumped from behind. Even if you don’t get bumped, it can be a jerky ride if you hit the guide bar that keeps the cars from going off the path. No neck support. Oxygen would need to fit in the car and not interfere with steering or using the gas pedal.
  • Space Mountain - Minimum height 44 inches. This is a roller coaster in the dark and passengers sit one behind the other. I am quite certain that oxygen would not be allowed.
  • Goofy’s Barnstormer - is a short roller coaster and not sure whether oxygen would be allowed or not because it is quite short.
For Disney Studio
  • Star Tours - Minimum height 40 inches. A simulated spaceship ride with sudden dips and other movements. Sudden changes of direction that jerk you around a lot. No neck support. Purses and other items are required to be placed in a net bag under the seat; nothing loose is allowed. My guess is that oxygen would not be allowed.
  • Rock N Roller Coaster - Minimum height 48 inches. A roller coaster. Fairly smooth, but very fast and does an inversion. Because of the inversion, I am quite certain oxygen would not be allowed and posters who were on oxygen confirmed this was true.
  • Tower of Terror - Minimum height 40 inches. You sit in an elevator and get dropped. It is fairly smooth, but arms and legs will move around. No neck support. My guess is that oxygen would not be allowed because the tank would kind of float during the points where the elevator is rising and slam down as it drops.
For Animal Kingdom:
  • Kilimanjaro Safari - this is a tram ride through a simulated African wildlife preserve. It can be bumpy and my DD is bumped around quite a bit in her wheelchair. No neck support. Purses and other items are placed in net bags under the seats; it is possible oxygen could be used.
  • Kali River Rapids - Minimum height 38 inches. This is a river raft ride. The raft is free floating inside a channel and there are several places where the raft can get dropped rather hard. You may get wet or completely soaked. No neck support. Loose items are placed in a covered container in the middle of the raft. This is both to contain them and to keep them from getting wet. Because of this, my guess is that oxygen would not be allowed.
  • Expedition Everest - Minimum height 44 inches. A roller coaster which goes backwards at one point. No neck support. It is fairly smooth, but my guess is that oxygen would not be allowed.
  • Primeval Whirl - Minimum height 48 inches. this looks pretty tame from the ground, but it is a small roller coaster combined with unexpected and quick turning. There is little restraint and you can get whipped around a lot. My youngest DD almost slipped under the restraint in this. I am VERY certain that oxygen would not be allowed.
  • Dinosaur - Minimum height 40 inches. This is a very rough, noisy ride in the dark. It is a simulated time travel ride in a Jeep-like vehicle that goes up and down over simulated hills. Sudden changes of direction that jerk you around a lot. No neck support. I am quite certain oxygen would not be allowed.

These attractions have no warnings, but some people have reported problems with them.
Magic Kingdom
Pirates of the Caribbean - Does have one small drop in the dark. The drop has no turns, so may be OK.
Haunted Mansion - At one point, the doombuggy turns around and goes down an incline backwards. Some people have reported that this short sequence caused an uncomfortable pressure on their back or neck. The doombuggy does have neck support. Should not be a problem with oxygen.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Mania - this is a ride car that goes thru a video game with a number of different scenes. In between each scene, the ride car makes a quick turn which some people find a bit jerky. It should not be a problem with oxygen if the oxygen can be placed on the floor.

Epcot

Many people think that Soarin’ has warnings, but the only warnings are for fear of heights and possible motion sickness. Minimum height 40 inches.
It is a very gentle simulated hang glider ride, where you are suspended at least 10 feet off the ground. The seat is supportive and feels like a comfortable lawn chair. Loose items are required to go under the seat in a mesh bag, so I am not sure what would be done with oxygen.

Helpful Links:
Portableoxygen.org - helpful website with much information and links
Website about oxygen and air travel
Thread about Portable Oxygen Concentrator
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