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Old 09-24-2010, 04:34 PM   #1
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Handicap Pass?

I'm not sure what it's called, but my nephew used this pass last summer to go through the Fastpass lines because of his condition. I was wondering if my mother could use this too. She never has before because we go during low season times, but this year we had to change our trip from the 18th through the 28th of December and my mother has back and neck conditions that don't allow her to stay up for long periods of time and have worsend through the years. She doesn't ride many thing because of the same conditions, but I was wondering if this could be used for the things she does ride. Would we need to present any evidence to obtain this pass?

Any info is welcome. Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:38 PM   #2
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Post on the DISabilities board and the experts there can help you out. There's a sticky over there as well, I believe.

It's called a Guest Assistance Card and it doesn't really do what you posted, but I recommend the DISabilities board.
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:40 PM   #3
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I'm not sure how they deal with it now, but back before fastpasses my father one year used a cane and CM's would bring him and the the rest of us to the front of the line... no questons asked. The next ear we rented a wheechair for him and it was the same thing.
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Old 09-24-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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Post on the DISabilities boards for more answers.

However, Disney's answer to mobility and stamina issues is to use a wheelchair.
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:09 PM   #5
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Post on the DISabilities boards for more answers.

However, Disney's answer to mobility and stamina issues is to use a wheelchair.


.....and with the wheelchair or scooter, you are in the mainstream lines for 90% of the parks.

The days of FOTL are pretty much gone unless you have a specific disability...autism is one I know about. DH works with a father who has severly autistic twin girls, now 15. They are escorted through the lines swiftly...but that is a very unique situation.


Go on over to the DISablity threads. There are many people there who will be happy to help you and your family unstand the best way to manage this. They were just wonderful after my accident.
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Old 09-25-2010, 12:33 AM   #6
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Just to quell this before it starts...and I'm not trying to start anything with Albytaps.. having a cane/wheelchair/crutches/GAC DOES NOT give you front of the line access. The only people who get front of the line priviledges are Make a Wish Kids. I will agree that at one point having a wheelchair or cane or things like that did afford you priviledges like getting to the front of the line or a shorter wait, this is no longer the case and hasn't been for a long time.
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:12 AM   #7
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Just to quell this before it starts...and I'm not trying to start anything with Albytaps.. having a cane/wheelchair/crutches/GAC DOES NOT give you front of the line access. The only people who get front of the line priviledges are Make a Wish Kids. I will agree that at one point having a wheelchair or cane or things like that did afford you priviledges like getting to the front of the line or a shorter wait, this is no longer the case and hasn't been for a long time.
True! My mom is 77 y/o and has very bad knees (bone against bone--needs knee replacement surgeries on both, but refuses), is also a bad diabetic with foot problems, has arthritis with alot of hip, knee, hand, wrist, and shoulder pain. I take her to WDW at least once a year and always get her an ECV. She doesn't use anything at home, but there is no way she could walk the distances required at WDW. Disneys response to mobility/stamina problems is to get an ECV or wheelchair. Most lines are mainstreamed now. People in ECVs/wheelchairs may get pulled out close to the ride, but if they do, their wait is often longer than the standard line. Despite a common misconception here on the DIS, no one gets front of the line pass anymore, except Make a Wish Kids. For hidden diabilities people may get a GAC, but even they are not front of the line pass. They're used mainly for autistic kids and people who can't wait out in the sun and may allow them a different place to wait away from crowds or may allow them a different entrance. Sometimes they get to ride sooner, sometimes not.

Another thing is that GACs are used only for rides and shows. They can not be used for buses. A person with a GAC would just have to take their chances with everyone else getting a bus, so there would be a good chance she'd have to stand on the buses. However, an ECV or wheelchair will usually get you on a bus before everyone standing in line. (If there are more than two ECVs/wheelchairs waiting or if one is already on the bus, you have to wait for another bus.)

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Old 09-25-2010, 08:57 AM   #8
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1. There is no such thing as a "Handicap Pass". A Guest may obtain a "Guest Assistance Card" based on needs, not diagnoses, which is intended to indicate to attraction Cast Members what accommodations are needed.

2. I would suggest going over to the disABILITIES Forum. One of the first threads is the disABILITIES FAQs. On Post #6 we have a lot of information for people concerning the Guest Assistance Card. To get directly to the disABILITIES FAQs from here just click on the link in my signature.
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I agree - move this to the DISabilities board, er, disABILITIES board, and quickly! Otherwise, I'll

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