DVC RESALES
DVC RESALES

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Vacation Club > DVC Member Services
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-01-2011, 08:18 AM   #1
2thdr
Earning My Ears
 
2thdr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 33

Best SS rooms for my 87-year-old mother?

I have a trip booked for early March for me, my mother (age 87) and two daughters (27 & 22) at Saratoga Springs. I've stayed there once before, but I didnt pay much attention to walking distances, bus stops, and other issues that might make a difference to an 87-year-old. I have reserved a car, but my mother thinks we don't need one. She can walk long distances (slowly), but I don't want to tire her out before we even get to the parks! What buildings/rooms are best for proximity to bus and ferry stops, and is driving to the parks, parking, and taking the trams a wash time-wise, compared to taking the bus? Also, if I request a handicap accessible room, how do they differ from regular rooms?
2thdr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2011, 09:48 AM   #2
jade1
If your lucky enough to live on the lake, your lucky enough.
 
jade1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Wayzata, MN
Posts: 6,308

Not sure of the SSR layout but we took DW's 80yo Dad last winter to BWV and rented a scooter. It was great esp for DHS/EPCOT. It was pretty reasonable and delivered/picked up right there. We would do the same even if at SSR-but the bus thing would get pretty old. Let me know though if you want details-could dig it up.
__________________
jade1 is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 02-01-2011, 09:56 AM   #3
Chuck S
DVC Boards Co-Moderator
 
Chuck S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Seguin, Texas USA
Posts: 25,798
DISboards Moderator

Has you mom had any procedures that affect her mobility, like hip replacement, knee replacement, etc.? My mom is 86 and we always stay at OKW. While she gets along fine at home, Disney is just too, too much walking for her. We bring our own manual wheelchair. I'd strongly suggest for somone of that age, who walks slowly, that they rent a wheelchair or scooter. People are in such a hurry in the parks, she could easily fall or get knocked over by someone not paying attention.

There are a few different types of handicap accomodations, but in general, they will have limited under counter storage to allow for wheelchair pedals under the counter. They will have roll-in showers, many with a seat. Beds are often (but not always) lower, to facililtate wheelchair to bed transfers.

One bedroom and larger units will have a roll in shower as well as the jacuzzi tub (with the exception of a one bedroom unit at Jambo AKV. There is a unit there without a jacuzzi tub.)

We drive to all parks, except MK, where the handicap parking is not convenient. Does she have a handicap parking placard? Be sure to bring it with you.
__________________

DVC Member at OKW since 1992
Chuck S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2011, 12:25 PM   #4
2thdr
Earning My Ears
 
2thdr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 33

Thanks for the feedback. My mother has flatly refused to use a wheelchair. She has no joint problems, but has had a couple episodes of back pain so severe she couldn't walk. I'm guessing if that happens, she'll just stay home. She doesn't have a handicap placard. She travels to Italy once a year, and says she doesn't have any trouble with that, so why should she at Disney World? (She's just a wee bit stubborn.) I'd still like to know which building to request to be closest to the bus stop and ferry.
2thdr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2011, 01:09 PM   #5
Chuck S
DVC Boards Co-Moderator
 
Chuck S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Seguin, Texas USA
Posts: 25,798
DISboards Moderator

You might want to tell her that it is not uncommon to walk 6 to 8 miles per day at Walt Disney World. One lap around World Showcase is over a mile.
__________________

DVC Member at OKW since 1992
Chuck S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2011, 06:27 PM   #6
dgaston
Proudly wears a "Believes in Fairies" t-shirt
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: South Woodstock, CT
Posts: 5,770

Grandstand is the first bus stop, and not too far from Carriage House, but many recommend Springs for access to feature pool, and the QS and TS restaurant. I think either of these would help.
__________________
Debbie
Many stays on and off site: hotels, condos, tents, pop-up, cabin, pool homes and DVC Trip # 54 - Old Key West in October with Abby!
dgaston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-2011, 07:18 PM   #7
sarahk0204
DIS Veteran
 
sarahk0204's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Illinois
Posts: 763

We only stayed at SSR once...

..this past December, but I'll throw my thoughts in.

Another vote for the Grandstand. Being the first bus stop meant we always got a seat. The buses were often SRO before we left the resort. It is walkable to the main building as well.

Ask for a room near the elevator. Can't hurt, and it could save a little bit of walking.

DH and I have dealt with aging, stubborn grandmas and parents, so I feel your pain. Good luck!
__________________
Me DH DD (10) DS (10) Georgia Smokey
sarahk0204 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2011, 03:13 PM   #8
jade1
If your lucky enough to live on the lake, your lucky enough.
 
jade1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Wayzata, MN
Posts: 6,308

Quote:
Originally Posted by 2thdr View Post
Thanks for the feedback. My mother has flatly refused to use a wheelchair.
I say good for her. My DMI is the same way-but mostly because she refuses to "hinder" everyone else while she gets a scooter on a bus. DFI rented a scooter as I mentioned and when she realized that staying at BWV (or BCV) eliminated a bus about 3 out of 4 days-she became very interested for our next trip. That way she will skip the scooter on MK days, and have no walking or buses on EPCOT and DHS days. Very effortless.
__________________
jade1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2011, 06:00 PM   #9
hakepb
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 4,201

Although springs is near the main area, I cannot recommend it anymore because its the last stop and busses are usually standing room only. I think the Grandstand recommendation is also the best.
__________________
"Home is where you stay when you are not at Disney World." - DS5
hakepb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-2011, 07:18 PM   #10
bobbiwoz
I'm happy to dance with you
I have 2 opinions
We had tried usual things to keep them away, including something like coyote urine, it is sold in hardware stores by us
 
bobbiwoz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Washington Township OH and Cape May NJ
Posts: 57,928

We stayed in an SSR studio in August, and on line I requested "near transportation." We were put in Paddock (I think that was it) and it was right across from the Congress Park bus stop. It was a very convenient location for us. The CM at check in noted where our unit was and where the bus stop was, so I know they took that request into consideration.

Bobbi
__________________
bobbiwoz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bus, parking, saratoga springs



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

DVC-Resales.com | 1-800-550-6493 (Contact The Timeshare Store) | DVC Resale Listings

facebooktwittergoogle plus youtube itunesDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:52 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.