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Old 12-19-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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If I Had The Chance To Do Disney World With A Power Wheelchair.....

I would do it all over again. Had such a great time driving around the parks in my power wheelchair when my husband and I went to Disney World last April with my best friend, and her mom. My husband has cerebral palsy, and limited sensory preception. What that means is that he doesn't always pay attention to where he's going, or what he is doing most of the time. And if he's pushing me in my manual wheelchair. He tends to run into people without swerving me to avoid hitting them.

The tricky part was having to keep up with my friends, and my husband. It was kind of crowded when we went in April because of the Food & Wine Festival, and I would always have to stop when someone, or a group of people would separate me from the rest of my group.

My best friend, her mom, and my husband would all have to stop and wait for me when they realized that I wasn't behind them. It wasn't hard during the day. But, at night it was trickier. Especially after watching the Main Street Electrical Parade. On the first night we went to the Magic Kingdom, and because we were staying at Old Key West. We got to stay later for the extra magic hours.

As we were heading towards the exit when it was time to leave. I got separated from my group. I didn't panic because I had my cell phone with me, and knew that they could get a hold of me if they needed to. It turned out that they had pulled over to the side to wait and see if I would catch up to them. I was finally able to locate them. But, with the crowds being so huge at night. It was pretty tricky trying to go through them to meet up with my husband, and our friends.

My best friend, and her mom are planning another trip to Disney World, and I'm hoping we can take my power chair again if my husband and I can go with them again. Especially since they're planning on staying at Old Key West again.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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Thanks for sharing.
Glad you had a good time.
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:20 PM   #3
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Sounds like it was a good time.

Something I do to make my scooter stand out from the crowds and make it more visible to others around me, is I bring some sort of colored lights that I can easily turn off and on when needed. I try to put some on the front and back so I am seen each way. It has been very helpful. If your party carries a backpack or something like that, then maybe someone in your party could also put lights on them, so it is easier for you to find them or keep an eye on them in the crowds. Anything that helps set them apart from everyone else.
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I rented a powerchair for my honeymoon and it was perfect. I had one at home but my new one was not ready so I had to rent one. Best idea ever.m

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Old 12-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #5
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I used one last march prior to having my knee replaced in June this year. I would use one again if I needed to as it allowed me to still enjoy Disney!
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:08 PM   #6
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Sounds like it was a good time.

Something I do to make my scooter stand out from the crowds and make it more visible to others around me, is I bring some sort of colored lights that I can easily turn off and on when needed. I try to put some on the front and back so I am seen each way. It has been very helpful. If your party carries a backpack or something like that, then maybe someone in your party could also put lights on them, so it is easier for you to find them or keep an eye on them in the crowds. Anything that helps set them apart from everyone else.
I have those lights that you'd put on the back of a bike that are solid, or you have them flash. I put one on of my legrests, and then one on the seat bar on the back of my power chair. This was all because I was heading out of Fred Meyer one night, and a car nearly ran into me. I was wearing visible clothing. But, because I sit so low in my power chair even though I am fairly tall in height. She still couldn't see me.

When my husband and I lived in our apartment building that was for seniors, and persons with disabilities. There was a woman there that I was friends with who had one of those vests that you see construction workers wear, draped over the back part seat of her scooter. I don't know where you'd find these types of vests. But, I'm hoping to get one for me. Although my mom doesn't want me going out at night anymore especially after she found out that there's a guy not far from where my husband and I live going into the dorm rooms of female college students on campus, and hurting them. The police haven't caught him yet. But, I hope that they do.
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You could also just get some reflective tape. It would do the same as one of those safety vests.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:55 PM   #8
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You could also just get some reflective tape. It would do the same as one of those safety vests.
Thanks. I was just thinking of that just now.
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