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Old 09-13-2012, 07:06 PM   #31
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Thanks to everyone for taking the time to answer my post. I'm amazed at the speed, amount and quality of the replies in less than 3 days. Disney fans are truly what makes WDW 'The Most Magical Place On Earth'.

I've taken each of your tips and have begun putting them into action. For example:

I purchased a white, mesh-top cap along with several light-colored shirts.

I picked up a Frogg Togg towel and cut it into handkerchief-sized pieces: one will go around my neck under my shirt collar, and the other I'll fold and put inside the top of the cap to keep my dome cool.

I bought a Brita water bottle with the charcoal filter. (I've heard that Florida water has a unique 'flavor'). I checked the park maps and know where all the drinking fountains are located so I can keep the bottle full and ready. Although not all of the water fountains provide refrigerated water, the idea of asking for a cup of ice will take care of that. I'm sure none of the vendors will deny this old Grampa some ice in order to "take my medications".

Upon entering each Park, we'll scope out the location of the Medical Units 'just in case'.

Renting an ECV is an interesting idea. Although I'm still able to motivate quite well on my own, the 'scooter' sounds intriguing. But I'm afraid we'll all end up fighting over who's 'turn' it is to ride it...!!
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Taking a mid-day break may end up being a daily rule for me. I could always leave the 'kids' to keep playing while I take the bus back to our Resort (on property) for a dip in the pool and a quick nap.

I've got a full head of hair which is a mixed blessing. I'm glad I still have my silver mane and I'm not complaining, but at times it's like wearing a wool cap..!! So, the week before the trip, I'll be getting it cut very short.

Thank you again for your expertise and I'll be sure to leave a note here when I get back to let you know how I fared. I can honestly say that after reading your posts, I'm anxious to get going, but no longer anxious about being there. (I think you know what I mean).

Thanks...!!!!

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I rent an ECV due to back surgery and a damaged sciatic nerve that makes my leg go numb at times. I also have high BP and other issues. The tips that were given area ll great advice. The most important one that I can give is rent the ECV. There are times when I can walk and want to walk, so I let others drive it. When I start to hurt or leg begins to feel funny, I get back on and ride. You will have an enjoyable trip, I am sure.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:41 PM   #32
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I'm back...!!!

I'M BACK...!!!

As promised, here's my trip report....

The trip was WONDERFUL.....thanks to a cold front that had moved in on Monday which kept the temps in the 'cool' 80's. The only day that was 'brutal' was Sunday when I just couldn't stop perspiring. But my Brita bottle and the chamois-type towels provided some relief.
Even the Disney 'Cast Members' said that it's usually hotter this time of year. So, it appears that I got lucky.

In addition, I picked up a "Guest Assistance Card" for my bad knees & shortness of breath which allowed me to use the ramps instead of the steps leading to some of the 'Attractions' such as 'Toy Story Mania'.
I also used it for seating at 'Lights, Motors, Action' so that I didn't have to climb the steps to the bleacher-type bench seating. We also asked for (and got) rooms on the first floor at the Caribbean Beach Resort and seating on the first floor for the "Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue".

We really took advantage of the FREE Dining Plan. I got to try many foods from other Countries in the 'World Showcase' that I would normally not get to experience. Delicious...But I think I gained 10 pounds...!!

I got a wonderful surprise the day we all went to "Typhoon Lagoon". Since we were going to be exposed to the hot sun all day, my wonderful daughter had opted for one of the new 'Beachcomber Shacks'. (She's such a good girl..!!). It's a bit pricey, but if you decide it's something you'd like to add for a special treat, be sure to get Shack number 9. It's in the perfect spot next to the giant wave pool with a short walk to Castaway Creek, rest rooms, etc. And, it's private.

Our 'attendant' couldn't do enough for us. He checked back every half hour to see if we needed anything and got us our food, drinks, towels etc. The amazing thing is that they're not allowed to accept tips...!! Something about their chain of command and which branch of Disney that they work for. He certainly deserved a 'tip' since he was with us all day and did a lot more than other service people. So on our way out, we stopped at the ticket building and filled out a 'Guest Comment Card' praising our attendant. Perhaps someone in authority will see it and give our guy some recognition.

So, once again, a great big THANK YOU to all of you for your excellent advice which helped make my visit one to remember.

And as Arnold would say...."I'LL BE BACK...!!"

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:15 AM   #33
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So Wonderful you had a great trip! I have been watching for an update from you. Thanks for letting us know!!

Welcome home.

Nice to know about the beach shacks at typhoon lagoon. We are disappointed it will be closed our upcoming trip. Now I can perhaps justify spending the extra to get a shack.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:59 PM   #34
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I'm so happy

You had a great time. I'm glad that you didn't let your fears keep you from having a good time. Disney is a magical place!
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:42 AM   #35
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so glad you had a great trip its never too late to become addicted to visiting the parks.

Do you now have a favourite ride/attraction?

So glad that the super people on these message boards had helped to reduce your concerns so that you could enjoy yourself.

Everyone at Disney is great - but sounds like you found some wonderful cast members.

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Old 09-24-2012, 08:17 AM   #36
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That's great to hear! You deserve it. I'm glad your daughter obviously took your concerns and conditions into consideration.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:50 PM   #37
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.....its never too late to become addicted to visiting the parks.
You're right. It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
I may be old, but I refuse to grow up...!!

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Do you now have a favourite ride/attraction?
There are so many to choose from. Selecting just one is quite difficult, as you can imagine.

I was apprehensive about 'Space Mountain' and 'Rock n' Roller Coaster' so I passed on those, but I did have a blast on 'Thunder Mountain'.

And my daughter and I conquered 'Tower of Terror' together. The scars on my arm from where she was grabbing me and screaming are almost healed now.

My only regret is that 'Test Track' was shut down. But that leaves me a great reason to go back for more...!!

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Old 09-26-2012, 07:44 PM   #38
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Yay!!!

So glad you had a great vacation!
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:35 PM   #39
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GrandpaG - I am so happy to read you had a great trip Thank you for letting us know it was great!
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