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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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