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Old 08-13-2005, 01:51 PM   #31
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We are planning our first WDW trip with my 90 yo grandmother. Although we have been there many times this will be a first with my grandmother.

She walks with the aid of a walker, but we will be using her wheelchair at the parks every day.

I had some conflicting reports from CM's. One CM told me that even though there will be 4 people in the handicapped room (my parents, 12yo ds, and grandmother), only a king-sized bed would be available. The connecting room would have myself, dh, and 2 other sons in (non-handicapped room). She said that a roll-away bed could be used, but that would mean that 3 people would share the king-sized bed & 1 would use the roll-away. I'm concerned about this & the CM said that it would be "worked out" at check-in.

I spoke with a 2nd CM who said that there are 2 bed handicapped rooms available, but she couldn't tell me which building(s) they were located in.

I would like some specifics, but haven't gotten any. I'd like to have our check-in and stay to go as smoothly as possible for our family.
Does your grandmother actually need a fully handicapped acessible room? They can provide a tub bench if needed and did when my leg was casted. If she can walk around the room she may not really need the fully accessible room. Then it wouldn't be a problem with a connecting room with 2 beds in each.
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I would like some specifics, but haven't gotten any. I'd like to have our check-in and stay to go as smoothly as possible for our family.
Have you spoken with Special Reservations, or just with CRO (the regular reservation people)?
Here's the number for Special Resort Reservations: 407-939-7807 (TTY: 407-939-7670)

It's possible that the CMs are talking about 2 types of accessible rooms. The fully wheelchair accessible rooms have roll in showers, roll under sinks and manouvering room around the toilet for transfers in/out of a wheelchair. Because there needs to be at least a 32 inch wheelchair path and turning space throughout the room, those rooms at all the resorts tend to have one King bed. Depending on how the room is arranged and whether they still have space for manouvering room, I have heard (but don't know for sure) that some rooms at some resorts have been re-configured with 2 smaller beds.

The other type of room is handicapped, but not fully wheelchair accessible. Those rooms have regular tubs/showers with grab bars and grab bars by the toilet (and maybe raised seat toilets). Those rooms don't work well for someone who can't get around without their wheelchair (although we did sometimes use them when DD was little and had a small pediatric wheelchair), but they may be just what is needed by someone who is using a wheelchair/ecv for distances, but doesn't need it in the room and needs a little extra security in the tub/shower. Depending on the size of the walker, someone using a walker might be able to use it in one of these rooms.

Depending on your grandmother's needs, she may need a fully wheelchair accessible room or just the tub with grab bars.
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Old 08-13-2005, 02:36 PM   #33
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Special Needs Request

Hi!

I just got off the phone with the 3rd Grand Gatherings CM today. I found out by directly calling ASMo that I would need to make sure that our reservation qualified & was specified as Special Needs Request.

Yes, all handicap-accessible rooms at ASMo have king-sized beds, but if specified as a special needs it would be connected to a regular room with 2 full beds.

My grandmother (90 yo) cannot walk or stand on her own without a walker, nor can she lift her leg over a tub, so a fully-handicap accesible room would be needed with a walk-in shower, hand rails and fold down shower seat for me to bathe her.

That would mean that our Grand Gathering of 8 would require 3 rooms, instead of the 2 that I thought.

Thank you for your replies. I think that this answered all of my questions. I will call ASMo on Tuesday to speak with the Room Assigner to go over the final details before we leave.

Please pray for my grandmother. This will be the first time she's been to WDW and she is VERY anxious about flying down on Thursday (she's never flown before & can get easily frazzled - her dr. has prescribed a nerve pill for her to help releive some of this anxiety prior to & during the flight).

Thanks again & have a Disney-filled day wherever you may be!

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Old 08-13-2005, 06:27 PM   #34
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Hi!

We are planning our first WDW trip with my 90 yo grandmother. Although we have been there many times this will be a first with my grandmother.

She walks with the aid of a walker, but we will be using her wheelchair at the parks every day.

I had some conflicting reports from CM's. One CM told me that even though there will be 4 people in the handicapped room (my parents, 12yo ds, and grandmother), only a king-sized bed would be available. The connecting room would have myself, dh, and 2 other sons in (non-handicapped room). She said that a roll-away bed could be used, but that would mean that 3 people would share the king-sized bed & 1 would use the roll-away. I'm concerned about this & the CM said that it would be "worked out" at check-in.

I spoke with a 2nd CM who said that there are 2 bed handicapped rooms available, but she couldn't tell me which building(s) they were located in.

I would like some specifics, but haven't gotten any. I'd like to have our check-in and stay to go as smoothly as possible for our family.

The king bed rooms have rollin showers, if you don't need them then the 2 double bed room will work better for you. It has grab bars and a tub. You can also get those with connecting rooms. If you don't need the rollin shower or the grab bars then all you need is 2 connecting rooms.

They are in just about all of the buildings there. I would get all of this done BEFORE you go down though. If you need the handicapped room then maybe you should call special reservations direct and get what you need.
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Old 08-14-2005, 08:08 AM   #35
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Thanks, PugDog for the reply.

Yes, I have confirmed that my grandmother qualifies & will receive the room with the roll/walk-in shower.

Thanks for the information that all of the rooms have the grab bars in the tubs.

Have a great day!

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Old 08-16-2005, 11:58 AM   #36
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Standard vs. Preferred

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I found out this valuable information and wanted to pass it along, because, unfortunately, I wasn't informed of this when making my ressies. (This refers to the All-Star Resorts - all are laid out the same way).

Usually Standard vs. Preferred means:
Standard is a view of parking lot, etc.
Preffered is a view of courtyard, etc.

This is NOT the case in walk/roll-in shower handicap-accessible rooms.

Standard is the farthest building from the food court and bus stop.
Preferred costs $12/night/room for a handicapped-accessible room.
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Old 08-16-2005, 02:39 PM   #37
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anybody had a wheelchair accessable room at SSR which wasn't on the ground (think the might call it 1st floor) floor. because DS can't get out of wheelchair thought it would be nice for him to be in an upper floor so he can see out.
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Old 08-16-2005, 03:43 PM   #38
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Originally Posted by DisneyMom23Boys
Hi!

I found out this valuable information and wanted to pass it along, because, unfortunately, I wasn't informed of this when making my ressies. (This refers to the All-Star Resorts - all are laid out the same way).

Usually Standard vs. Preferred means:
Standard is a view of parking lot, etc.
Preffered is a view of courtyard, etc.

This is NOT the case in walk/roll-in shower handicap-accessible rooms.

Standard is the farthest building from the food court and bus stop.
Preferred costs $12/night/room for a handicapped-accessible room.
This is for all rooms not just handicapped. If you want a room in the preferred building you pay and extra amount at the All Stars. And the standard is any room not in the 2 preferred buildings so you may not be that far out but you can be.
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Old 08-16-2005, 04:10 PM   #39
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Hi!

I found out this valuable information and wanted to pass it along, because, unfortunately, I wasn't informed of this when making my ressies. (This refers to the All-Star Resorts - all are laid out the same way).

Usually Standard vs. Preferred means:
Standard is a view of parking lot, etc.
Preffered is a view of courtyard, etc.

This is NOT the case in walk/roll-in shower handicap-accessible rooms.

Standard is the farthest building from the food court and bus stop.
Preferred costs $12/night/room for a handicapped-accessible room.

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This is for all rooms not just handicapped. If you want a room in the preferred building you pay and extra amount at the All Stars. And the standard is any room not in the 2 preferred buildings so you may not be that far out but you can be.
Let me further clarify this. We have had handicapped accessible rooms at All-Star Sports and All-Star Movies that have been Standard View Rooms.

As my list in the top of this thread states:

All-Star Sports
Touchdown - Building 10, 2nd Floor, Parking Lot View, Handicapped Accessible with Roll-In Shower, King-Sized Bed, it did connect to two doubles.

All-Star Movies - Mighty Ducks Building 2, 1st Floor, Courtyard View, Handicapped Accessible King-Sized Bed with Walk-In/Roll-In Shower, connecting to two doubles. (Fridge in room not working 09/2004).

All-Star Movies - Mighty Ducks Building 2, 2nd Floor, Courtyard View, Handicapped Accessible King-Sized Bed with Walk-In/Roll-In Shower, don't know what bedding connecting room.

None of these rooms are in Preferred Buildings at All-Stars

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I have always been placed in the building next to the preferred building when staying at All Star Music, Sports and Movies, if I have not requested the preferred building. Fully accessible rooms and rooms with grab bars around the tub. So I stand by my statement. Sorry you had bad luck on getting stuck far out but the do have them closer in. I specifically ask for close as I use a power wheelchair and want to be able to get to the room even if I am on my last bars when I get back from the parks. I also request first floor because of not being able to get down stairs myself. Both are usually granted.
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Anybody have experience with rooms at Pop Century? I requested a wheelchair accessible room connected to another standard room, but I didn't pay for preferred? Any ideas what building would be best? We will be using bus transportation...
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I have not stayed at POP.
I usually stay in a preferred room at the ALL Star resorts. Preferred rooms cost about $12 more each night.
The preferred rooms at POP are in the 60's building.
Here is a map of POP:
http://www.wdwinfo.com/resortmaps/pop.htm
It looks like the 70's buildings and building A and C in the 50's section are close to the bus stop also.
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We stayed at Shades of Green in May, room 1149 looking onto the golf course. The room had 2 queen size beds and a pull out sofa. It had a roll in shower with a shower chair and roll under sinks.
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I was told today that the only value resort with 2 double beds and an acessible bathroom with a tub and handrails was All Star Movies. I can't confirm that from seeing it for myself but that was what I was told by the CM.
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Anybody have experience with rooms at Pop Century? I requested a wheelchair accessible room connected to another standard room, but I didn't pay for preferred? Any ideas what building would be best? We will be using bus transportation...
At PC they have handicapped rooms in the following buildings:
1,3,5,7,and 0
There are 4 double/double rooms and 2 to 6 king rooms per floor per building listed above that are handicapped.
so that gives you 2 buildings to pick from in the 50's and one each in the 60's,70's and 80's buildings.

All of the handicapped rooms in PC are connected to the rooms next to them regardless of what type of bed it has.

So look at the map and see where you might want to be. We have requested the 70's ourselfes this trip down just to be alittle closer to the bus stop.

Also at least at ASMu they only have 2 buildings with 4 king rollin rooms per floor. Not sure about Double/double rooms. Also not sure if it is the same way at the other All Stars.

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