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Old 01-25-2013, 10:44 AM   #16
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I agree with jmartinez. I get more dirty looks in stores at home, especially from older people who forget that age has nothing to do with whether or not someone needs a parking space or piece of equipment because of their handicap. That is their problem not mine. They quickly look away when I get out and they see my braces and I look them in the eye and smile. They look even more sheepish when I am having a really bad day and they realize that they are able to walk better than I can.

Go and have fun and forget about anyone else and your illness and enjoy your time with your husband. You will most likely never see them again!
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #17
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I use a scooter full time and am permanently disabled. I've been to WDW many times -- it's tops in handicap accessibility and because of this, you'll see lots of wheelchair and scooter users there. (Technically speaking there's also a lot of kids in strollers, because they can't handle the trek, either.) But it's new to you and you are self-conscious about your new limitations. I say Jump In! and do it. The first step is the hardest. I can't say that I've had any negative encounter at WDW. I think the snarking comes out on the internet because people are anonymous and can't be held accountable for their nastiness.

So nice that your DH is being supportive. Disney is a lot of acreage and your DH might be worn out. Perhaps on your second day you could consider renting a scooter just to see what it's like. The Disney ones are slow, but if you like it, you can arrange another trip where you rent one from a preferred provider. They are smaller and zippier and you could look around at things independent of your DH. I have a scooter lift in my minivan, and I go everywhere by myself now that my DH has passed away.

I've seen a few at the local stores who stare when I pull in to the handicap spots. When I get my walker out and walk to the back of the van to get the scooter, their suspicions go away. Matter of fact, quite a few people stop to ask me about my lift and my scooter. Only sad encounters I've had were leaving the big box stores. Occasionally there would be people seated at the entry asking me if they could use the scooter now that I was leaving. Unfortunately they thought it was a store scooter, not my own, and I had to decline their request. Lots of people could benefit from a scooter but lack $$. Stores don't have enough scooters on hand. Sad.

Good luck to you. Take care.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:01 PM   #18
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I agree with what's been said, go, have fun, don't worry about others!

I know this is not what you asked, and forgive me for butting in (stop reading now if you want!), but
I am concerned that you're so undernourished! Have you discussed other nutrition options with your doctors? Some doctors are not very good at bringing it up, or, imo, are too hesitant in implementing other strategies.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:42 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. To be honest I never myself even gave a second hoot about people in wheelchairs or any such thing till I read some of the boards about " healthy" people using GAC and the way some people were talked about. That being said I know that this trip will be rough mentally as well as physically but Im really determined that if my condition doesn't get worse to go.

I think even more of my worry came from thinking about how I was changing my husbands trip. Last time we went when I was well we did 10 mile days, 6-7 in a row! And now I just feel like I'm slowing him down and that he might be embaressed or annoyed even though he said he won't be. Obviously these are MY issues... Accepting that I'm sick and things are different now. But hopefully that disney magic does rub off on me so that I can enjoy the few days with my husband.

Those people who would say anything or fgive you a look are the people with problems not you! Go, have a fun time and don't miss this chance of a lifetime. We never know what tomorrow holds and you should go for it if you are up for the trip, no matter how you have to take it!

You did not say if you could use a scooter or not, but I wanted to mention something you may not have thought about because it just happened to us. My aunt is in a wheelchair and my husband pushed her around all day. By the end of the day his back was bothering him because he had to stoop a bit to reach the handles of the chair. He is 5'11. This was her personal chair, not a rented one, so the handles may have been lower than MK chairs but you may want to consider that if your husband is tall. Scooters cost more but have advantages.
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I have to admit that I was kind of scared when I took my own wheelchair to Disney World for the first time because I was worried about what people might think. But, then I realize that I didn't have to worry about it after all. My primary disability is easily seen as my hands are smaller than normal, and my toes are fused together. Although no one would be able to tell unless I took my shoes, and socks off.

Anyway I use a wheelchair because of severe scoliosis, and osteoarthritis in my back which makes walking for long distances very hard for me. I used to have osteoarthritis in both of my hips. But, that got fixed after they both now have hip replacements in them.

The first time I went to Disney World with my wheelchair. People were very nice to me. Not just the cast members. But, also some of the park guests. I did encounter some rude people over the years at the park who were guests. But, I didn't let that spoil my vacation. I was at Disney World to have a good time with my family.

When my husband and I went in April of 2011 with two of our friends. We had a lot of fun on that trip. My best friend has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy, and has to rely on her power chair all of the time to get around. My husband has spastic hemiplegia cerebral palsy as well as traumatic brain injury, and moderate mental disabilities. Seeing all three of us together. We were treated like a prince, and princesses by the cast members. We didn't ask for it. But, it just happened.

The best part was when we got to go backstage to meet the cast of the "Finding Nemo" musical. That was one of the best experiences at Disney World that I've never forgotten. We're planning another trip to Disney World for next year, and I'm hoping that we can meet up with the cast of the Finding Nemo musical again.

You''l have a great time at Disney World. If you ever encounter someone being rude to you at the parks. Just ignore them, and don't let it spoil your vacation. My husband and I get to go to Disneyland with our same friends who took us to Disney World, and we have finalized our plans for the trip. We are so excited that we can't wait.

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:44 AM   #21
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I don't think you'll encounter too many side-eyed glances. I agree with the others that you know you're limitations and you shouldn't bother with what others think. That being said, I know it is sometimes hard not to. I hope you choose to go and have a great time re-experiencing the magic.

Last summer DW and I went on an extended stay with DD12. She was two inches shorter and 10 lbs lighter when we went and DW nor I had any problems pushing her. If you are renting and would feel comfortable riding in it, we found the 16" wheelchair much easier to push and navigate the queues. I also think that you should not walk the queues, save your strength and enjoy your vacation.

When DD12 was younger, she had knee surgery on her knees due to injuries resulting from a congenital condition (discoid meniscus). Last August DD12 hurt her left knee while touring USO and could no longer walk. We had two weeks left in our trip and I had the same worries as you because she still looked "able" (besides a Ace bandage wrap). Even with my heightened awareness that some may look at us sideways, I did not notice it much if at all. I am not saying that we didn't receive some looks, but nothing overt. I tried not to pay much attention, so maybe that helped. As Friendly Frog stated earlier, most of the lines are mainstreamed, so there is not much of a perceived advantage by queuing in a wheelchair. The CM's were good to great about it. The three of us had a great trip. I am not saying that it didn't impact the vacation, but I didn't notice it slowing us down much. I hope you and your husband have a magical trip.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by BelleMaria View Post
Ok so my story is I am currently in the very midst of a pretty bad disease which keeps me from eating much (1000 calories liquid if i am lucky), pain, and also on medications which make me tired. My husbands job just got a deal with Disney so we will be able to get a somewhat discounted trip (via his co) to go to WDW while my DH is meeting with Disney execs about this deal. Anyways, my issue is duhh im sick. I can barely make it around the mall for longer than 30min because i get weak from walking and can't spare the energy. I'm only 27 but because of my disease I have dropped down to 89lb at 5"4. I really really don't want to miss out on this trip and my husband even offered to push me in a wheelchair for the day.

My question is, how bad are people really going to side eye me? From everything I read people seem kinda snarky when they see someone "healthy" in a wheelchair. Especially since on the outside i look normal and healthy ( well aside from looking crazy skinny) and will be able to get up and walk around when needed. Also do most rides have somewhere to leave the wheelchair while I am on the ride? I read and it seemed most do but wasn't sure if all do, and I don't need to bring the wheelchair alllll the way up to the actual ride. I assumed I could leave it by itself outside the ride? I think I can put up with the standing just not the walking.

This is just so disappointing Before i was sick this would have been the best gift ever and now I am wondering if I should even bother going...
My daughter is in a wheelchair due to cancer. She really doesn't look sick at all though. Her hair has grown back even though she has been on chemo for 2 years so if you didn't know she was sick, you wouldn't think she needed a wheelchair. Most everyone we "ran" into was pretty polite. One 2 occasions I got very upset. One was where someone trampled her not watching where they were going and another got mad because they loaded her on the bus 1st even when we walked up last. Other than that nobody was rude at all. And she had to ride her wheelchair all the way to the actual ride and the CM put it at the exit for her. I assume that if you wanted to walk through the line there is a spot for wheelchairs. I hope you get to feeling better soon and enjoy your trip! Rest as much as possible and you should be ok. Also, It doesn't matter what people think. Go have fun! My grandmother wouldn't ride in a wheelchair afraid that people would look at her and stare. She was in horrible pain, and was always having to sit down and rest. Use the wheelchair so you will enjoy yourself.

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Old 02-24-2013, 12:58 AM   #23
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Enjoy your trip! Using a wheelchair certainly beats staying home and missing out on all of the fun with Mickey & Friends.

Mickey wants you to come & not worry. He wants you to STOP WORRYING about what others may or may not be thinking about you, and focus on YOU & having a GREAT TIME at Disney!

Enough said. Now - go & have a great time! Feel better!

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You need to go Disney will make you feel better most people are so busy with visual overload they don't even notice who is in a wheel chair or scooter. I think I have used a scooter about 10 times I can count on one hand the number of problems with others. I get lots of looks and comments at local stores like Walmart and Target but almost never in Disney
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We were at Disney World FEb 4-11 and I was in a wheel chair all the time. We had a wonderful experience. Everyone was very helpful and I was amazed the number of rides that I could get on even though I could not transfer from the chair. On two different occasions I had to go into the regular restroom (we usually used the companion ones) and people offered to help me. The last time we were there I could walk a little and had a terrible time getting castmembers to slow the moving walkways. With the wheelchair they did not mind stopping them. Strange.

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Originally Posted by sueernieb View Post
We were at Disney World FEb 4-11 and I was in a wheel chair all the time. We had a wonderful experience. Everyone was very helpful and I was amazed the number of rides that I could get on even though I could not transfer from the chair. On two different occasions I had to go into the regular restroom (we usually used the companion ones) and people offered to help me. The last time we were there I could walk a little and had a terrible time getting castmembers to slow the moving walkways. With the wheelchair they did not mind stopping them. Strange.

The attractions with moving walkways have guests with wheelchairs/mobility devices board at the unloading area. That is where the moving walkways can be controlled for guests getting on and off.

When guests walk in the regular way and board at the regular boarding area, the CMs don't have as much control and can typically only do an emergency stop.

So, that might be one of the differences. Also, if the CMs can see a wheelchair, that is a better indicator for them that the guest may have some difficulty with the moving walkway.
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