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Old 09-18-2012, 08:14 AM   #1
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can anyome help, due at WL woods view room next month travelling from UK, 3 peoplegoing DW who has rheumatoid and has to use a ECV, DS age 16 about 5'8'', me. Have spoken to tour operator re accesible room but we are really worried as how can 1 room fit a ECV, and 3 people, safely and without overcrowding. Tour operator said Disney not very accomodating to tourists and more interested in conventions etc. We have paid not an inconsiderable sum for this vacation and dont want to crowded together as like most teenagers DS likes his own space any ideas/suggestions/help welcom
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:35 AM   #2
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You're tour operator is either delusional or has never actually been to Disney.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:48 AM   #3
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WL rooms average 340 sq. ft. in size. This is much larger than rooms at the value resorts or most moderate resorts. I think there will be plenty of room for the ECV. If necessary, Mousekeeping can move furniture out (table and/or chairs) but I don't think this will be necessary. Accessible rooms have accommodations, primarily related to the bathroom (handrails, some with roll-in showers, etc.) - if your DW needs this style of room, your TA should book one for you (assuming one is available for your travel dates). However, if she simply uses the ECV to help get her around the resorts and parks, and can manage bedroom/bathroom space without those accommodations, an accessible room will not necessarily be what you want. The larger bathroom can make the bedroom area smaller, and you indicated your teenage DS wants his "space."

WDW is one of the most accommodating vacation destinations for those with various disabilities.

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Old 09-18-2012, 12:30 PM   #4
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i don't know where your tour guide got their "information" but it was wrong. WDW is very accommodating--has very good rooms for both accessible and non-accessible guests. Read the FAQs at the top of this board. I don't think you can count on your tour guide for accurate information.....you may need to know some of the things in the very accurate FAQs!
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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My friend and I have had 2 ECVs in an AKL room with no problems, so you should be OK. You may want to take a power strip with you as that can give you a little more flexability in positioning the ECV. (Or an extension cord, but if so you need one of those heavy duty cords that take a 3 prong plug -- a power strip is better.)

There is usually a little table with a couple of chairs, and if necessary you can request those removed to give you more floor space, but it probably won't be necessary.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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can anyome help, due at WL woods view room next month travelling from UK, 3 peoplegoing DW who has rheumatoid and has to use a ECV, DS age 16 about 5'8'', me. Have spoken to tour operator re accesible room but we are really worried as how can 1 room fit a ECV, and 3 people, safely and without overcrowding. Tour operator said Disney not very accomodating to tourists and more interested in conventions etc. We have paid not an inconsiderable sum for this vacation and dont want to crowded together as like most teenagers DS likes his own space any ideas/suggestions/help welcom
Hi!

Don't panic, it's definitely doable. Here's the basic layout with the two beds:


Door will be on the left side on the picture, all the way on the right is the balcony. I've had an ECV parked between the wall and the doorway to the balcony (by the bed on the far right of the picture), and I've had Disney remove the table so that two ECVs could fit (parked them at the foot of the beds instead).

If your teen needs/wants separate time/space, there are options- going onto the balcony if you don't want them to wander too far, or going off on their own to the lobby (which is beautiful) or down by the pool.

I would definitely bring a power strip or two, one at least for the ECV and one for your teen's stuff!
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Old 09-19-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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can anyome help, due at WL woods view room next month travelling from UK, 3 peoplegoing DW who has rheumatoid and has to use a ECV, DS age 16 about 5'8'', me. Have spoken to tour operator re accesible room but we are really worried as how can 1 room fit a ECV, and 3 people, safely and without overcrowding. Tour operator said Disney not very accomodating to tourists and more interested in conventions etc. We have paid not an inconsiderable sum for this vacation and dont want to crowded together as like most teenagers DS likes his own space any ideas/suggestions/help welcom
Don't worry. I spent nine nights at WL in May with four adults and an ECV. This was a regular room, not a handicapped room. It was perfectly doable. Not tons of space, but nobody felt crowded.

I think you will enjoy WL. It has some good things regarding using an ECV. When you use the bus, WL is the first stop so you don't have to worry about not having enough room on the bus for the ECV. Also, for the boat to MK, WL uses the bigger boat every other trip so you can use that. You might have to wait for the bigger boat, but it is never very long and a very quick way to MK. The resort is also compact with everything under one roof. It is very nice when the weather isn't.
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Some of the corridors at WL are loooong. When you check in ask for a room nearer to an elevator instead of way down the end of the hall, but not too close to one as the people coming and going might make for a bit of noise. You will NOT be overcrowded in a WL room!
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For my family the WL was fine but it is not a huge room by any means. If you are really concerned with having a lot of space and privacy, perhaps a suite at AoA may suit your family's needs better.
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You're tour operator is either delusional or has never actually been to Disney.
Ditto this.
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For my family the WL was fine but it is not a huge room by any means. If you are really concerned with having a lot of space and privacy, perhaps a suite at AoA may suit your family's needs better.
If space is a real big problem the largest standard rooms on property are at OKW. No matter where you stay there are plenty of places for a teen to hang out. Both of my sons always managed and they are 23 and 25 now. My daughter is 17 and feels it is her right to get as much space as she deems needed. (We pretty much ignore the attitude) She has never complained though. Our last stay was at AKV and I think the standard rooms there are smaller than at WL. Don't quote me on that though.
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If space is a real big problem the largest standard rooms on property are at OKW. No matter where you stay there are plenty of places for a teen to hang out. Both of my sons always managed and they are 23 and 25 now. My daughter is 17 and feels it is her right to get as much space as she deems needed. (We pretty much ignore the attitude) She has never complained though. Our last stay was at AKV and I think the standard rooms there are smaller than at WL. Don't quote me on that though.
I have stayed at AKL as well. We had a king bed room and it was much smaller than a king bed room at WL. It might measure pretty much the same, but at AKL a lot of the space was the bathroom. It was odd, this great big bathroom and a little room. We had to park the ECV in the bathroom. Kind of tricky to drive in and out of.
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can anyome help, due at WL woods view room next month travelling from UK, 3 peoplegoing DW who has rheumatoid and has to use a ECV, DS age 16 about 5'8'', me. Have spoken to tour operator re accesible room but we are really worried as how can 1 room fit a ECV, and 3 people, safely and without overcrowding. Tour operator said Disney not very accomodating to tourists and more interested in conventions etc. We have paid not an inconsiderable sum for this vacation and dont want to crowded together as like most teenagers DS likes his own space any ideas/suggestions/help welcom
The WL rooms are designed for 4 adult guests, so 3 guests and an ECV will fit just fine. No issues with safety, there's lots of space to park the ECV inside the room. If you are worried about your son's privacy, you could always change your reservation and get 2 rooms at a value instead, then he could have his own room.

BTW, ECVs fit fine in value rooms too.
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There are two types of accessible room. Both will include a raised toilet (17 inches instead of 13) with grab bars.

The basic one includes a tub with many grab bars.

The other has a roll-in shower with a built-in seat.

And your tour provider does not realize that WDW is probably the most disabled-friendly vacation location in the world. Point that person just to this forum, and especially suggest they read the disABILITIES FAQs.
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