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Old 10-24-2013, 10:14 AM   #1396
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Hi fellow POR friends! I need some advice - we are leaving for WDW in 24 days for a five night stay at POR in a Standard RGR. My son injured himself playing football and now has some mobility issues - our TA has tried to see about getting our RGR reservation changed to one that will put us closer to the footbridge but nothing is available. That combined with the fact that we may not get a fridge (we've ordered groceries so we can have cereal and milk in the room) has me very nervous about our stay - wondering if we should change resorts? I really want to stay here but this trip is more for my 7 and 5 year old and I don't want him to be miserable. I know we can put in a request for a room that is close to the footbridge and we are willing to pay for it - it just sounds like based on what our TA has tried that it isn't available for our week Thanks in advance for any insights!
I can't speak to room availability, but if his mobility issues are going to impact walking the resorts, what about the parks? I would recommend renting him a scooter. My wife had foot surgery and we rented one. It worked fantastic and Disney was amazing at accomodating us everywhere. Don't underestimate the amount of walking at WDW!

On the milk and cereal: Order a $3 styrofoam cooler and use ice from the resort machines which are very convenient to the rooms. We got ice once a day or less and used ziploc bags. It worked fine.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:21 AM   #1398
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I can't speak to room availability, but if his mobility issues are going to impact walking the resorts, what about the parks? I would recommend renting him a scooter. My wife had foot surgery and we rented one. It worked fantastic and Disney was amazing at accomodating us everywhere. Don't underestimate the amount of walking at WDW!

On the milk and cereal: Order a $3 styrofoam cooler and use ice from the resort machines which are very convenient to the rooms. We got ice once a day or less and used ziploc bags. It worked fine.
Thanks so much! he is only 7 so probably not to be trusted with a scooter - we have rented a stroller for both of the kids so that should help! We are just trying to be proactive! That is a great tip for the coolers! We are so excited! Gimpy young football player or not, it will be a fun vacay!
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Any update for POR on refrigerators being back?? We check in 12/30 and really want to get some breakfast items but would love a fridge! Didn't have one in July at POFQ and it was a pain!
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Thanks so much! he is only 7 so probably not to be trusted with a scooter - we have rented a stroller for both of the kids so that should help! We are just trying to be proactive! That is a great tip for the coolers! We are so excited! Gimpy young football player or not, it will be a fun vacay!
You used a scooter and were ok with it? We had a trip planned for the last year and I had unexpected knee surgery and I wanted to cancel my husband begged me not to do with writing me a scooter and I feel So Uncomfortable with that have never ridden one . Trips coming up in two weeks and I'm so nervous about the scooter thing
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I know its a little late today. But I do hope everyone is having a very magical day!

I am !!!!! Today began our single digit countdown!!!! YAHOOOOOOO
9 more days until Disney time

I hope that you are having a magical day as well Venom!!!!
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See first FAQ post for the latest updates, at the moment it's looking like not much will improve until towards the end of November.

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I am !!!!! Today began our single digit countdown!!!! YAHOOOOOOO
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I hope that you are having a magical day as well Venom!!!!
Thank you! I haven't been on top of my game here today. Just been thinking a lot about things.
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You used a scooter and were ok with it? We had a trip planned for the last year and I had unexpected knee surgery and I wanted to cancel my husband begged me not to do with writing me a scooter and I feel So Uncomfortable with that have never ridden one . Trips coming up in two weeks and I'm so nervous about the scooter thing
Are you renting from offsite? If so you can practice around the resort a bit, get comfy with it. One thing I've heard is that there's no actual brake. Instead, you just stop accelerating. That means there will be no sudden stops for you, so you have to be aware of that. Also be aware that people lose their minds around scooters. People hop out in front of them like you wouldn't even believe, so your husband that is insisting the trip continue will have to help you and watch out for people and keep everyone safe. You will be on a learning curve, and possibly in pain, and possibly on strong medication, so he's going to have to work overtime to protect everyone involved. Because pedestrians near a scooter prove all the time that they cannot be trusted to protect themselves.

Don't be nervous, just be aware, and insist that you take some time to get to know the scooter.

If you're renting in the parks, again, take some time. Ask the CMs if there's a good spot to practice (I have NO idea if there is, that's why I suggesting asking) and do not let your husband just start off with touring. You have to practice so you're comfy with it.
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So, who do you contact if you would need this type of cleaning done prior to visiting?
I've requested a VIP cleaning twice. Both times I've just had my TA put in a request for it when my room package was reserved, I did not have to contact anyone special about it. When staying at POR and faxing in a room request, I also repeat the request for the VIP cleaning on that fax.
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You used a scooter and were ok with it? We had a trip planned for the last year and I had unexpected knee surgery and I wanted to cancel my husband begged me not to do with writing me a scooter and I feel So Uncomfortable with that have never ridden one . Trips coming up in two weeks and I'm so nervous about the scooter thing
We were nervous, too, but it worked really well. We did not use the buses because we had a car and I was able to disassemble and reassemble it easily and they let us park close. But I have read that bus drivers are very kind and accomodating. Everyone else we dealt with at resorts, in all the parks, on various rides, and on boats, were wonderful. They never gave us even a hint that we were a problem. They knew just what to do and were kind.

Yes, there are no brakes, but when you release the throttle it brakes. It will stop quickly. In fact, you should release the throttle slowly.

As stated the biggest issue was that people treat you as if you can move like they can, so they often cut in front. My wife just had to be careful, and I ran point often times. But she got use to it after a day and we did fine. It was great to get around the resort and the parks. And we could carry all we wanted in the baskets. Plugged it in each night and it lasted all day.

Again, Disney did a great job in handling the scooter wherever we went.

P.S. We used Walker Mobility and got a very cheap price, $20 a day, because we picked it up. Go to the DISabilities forum and there is a tons of info in a sticky including the approved by Disney rental companies and the companies that DIS'ers recommend.

My wife walked a little bit here and there, and was so glad to have the scooter because we covered so many miles!
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Are you renting from offsite? If so you can practice around the resort a bit, get comfy with it. One thing I've heard is that there's no actual brake. Instead, you just stop accelerating. That means there will be no sudden stops for you, so you have to be aware of that. Also be aware that people lose their minds around scooters. People hop out in front of them like you wouldn't even believe, so your husband that is insisting the trip continue will have to help you and watch out for people and keep everyone safe. You will be on a learning curve, and possibly in pain, and possibly on strong medication, so he's going to have to work overtime to protect everyone involved. Because pedestrians near a scooter prove all the time that they cannot be trusted to protect themselves.

Don't be nervous, just be aware, and insist that you take some time to get to know the scooter.

If you're renting in the parks, again, take some time. Ask the CMs if there's a good spot to practice (I have NO idea if there is, that's why I suggesting asking) and do not let your husband just start off with touring. You have to practice so you're comfy with it.
I'm renting from apple. Planning on practicing at the resort. I do not take pain medication. Went through breast cancer and knee surgery never took a pain pill once. We r renting a car because I'm not taking a scooter on a bus. These scooters come apart in 4 pieces in 60 seconds. He's going to handle that. I think the rental car will work we can drive to all 9 dinner reservation right to each resort. I think can walk from the car to the resorts so won't need the scooter for that .. Probably just for the 4 park days and here n there through DD ..... He isn't protecting me if I am behind the wheel I need to learn. Lol THERE IS NO BRAKES ?
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Are you renting from offsite? If so you can practice around the resort a bit, get comfy with it. One thing I've heard is that there's no actual brake. Instead, you just stop accelerating. That means there will be no sudden stops for you, so you have to be aware of that. Also be aware that people lose their minds around scooters. People hop out in front of them like you wouldn't even believe, so your husband that is insisting the trip continue will have to help you and watch out for people and keep everyone safe. You will be on a learning curve, and possibly in pain, and possibly on strong medication, so he's going to have to work overtime to protect everyone involved. Because pedestrians near a scooter prove all the time that they cannot be trusted to protect themselves.

Don't be nervous, just be aware, and insist that you take some time to get to know the scooter.

If you're renting in the parks, again, take some time. Ask the CMs if there's a good spot to practice (I have NO idea if there is, that's why I suggesting asking) and do not let your husband just start off with touring. You have to practice so you're comfy with it.
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We were nervous, too, but it worked really well. We did not use the buses because we had a car and I was able to disassemble and reassemble it easily and they let us park close. But I have read that bus drivers are very kind and accomodating. Everyone else we dealt with at resorts, in all the parks, on various rides, and on boats, were wonderful. They never gave us even a hint that we were a problem. They knew just what to do and were kind.

Yes, there are no brakes, but when you release the throttle it brakes. It will stop quickly. In fact, you should release the throttle slowly.

As stated the biggest issue was that people treat you as if you can move like they can, so they often cut in front. My wife just had to be careful, and I ran point often times. But she got use to it after a day and we did fine. It was great to get around the resort and the parks. And we could carry all we wanted in the baskets. Plugged it in each night and it lasted all day.

Again, Disney did a great job in handling the scooter wherever we went.

P.S. We used Walker Mobility and got a very cheap price, $20 a day, because we picked it up. Go to the DISabilities forum and there is a tons of info in a sticky including the approved by Disney rental companies and the companies that DIS'ers recommend.

My wife walked a little bit here and there, and was so glad to have the scooter because we covered so many miles!
Ty we got one coming from apple and we are renting a car to so I don't have to get it on a bus . I don't like the no brake thing but ill practice at pofq
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