hiking poles?

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  1. momz

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    I have multiple sclerosis and I sometimes have balance issues. I occasionally use a cane and had planned to bring it with me to WDW in December. But, my physical therapist is recommending I use 2 hiking poles instead of 1 cane. This would help me by making me more visible to others (preventing accidental collisions) and by adding one more connection to the ground thus greatly decreasing the risk of a fall.

    my question, are hiking poles allowed at Disney world? I'm sure canes are allowed. I'm curious because the poles are not traditional mobility aids.

    I haven't traveled very much since acquiring this diagnosis, so any insight you can help with is appreciated.
     
  2. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

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    I would think no. Ask your PT about forearm crutches.
     
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    Wow! I'm surprised these are allowed. I run early in the mornings and always pass a man using them to speed walk and it's always iffy going past him , I'm always afraid of tripping over them as they extend out so far. I can't see this at crowded WDW but if they allow it, they allow it.
     
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    kaytieeldr Post hoc, ergo propter hoc

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    Really, I don't necessarily trust Disney Moms Panel, even with claimed sources.

    OP, I would email wdw.guest.communications@disneyworld.com, and ask. Print out the response to carry with your hiking poles.
     
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    I would think they would need to be the ones with rounded tips, not the pointy ski-pole type tips my husband uses for mountain climbing?

    I think that in a crowded situation, they'd be dangerous. Someone might accidentally trip over one, or trip the user by bumping into a pole that was weight bearing. If you were planning on using them, you might want to try to avoid the super crazy crowded times, like right at rope drop or closing. I'd think the rest of the time there'd be enough open space to handle poles, as they don't really go too far outside the body, right?
     
  10. maxiesmom

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    Please be aware that the Mom's Panel is not monitored by Disney for accuracy. They sometimes give out information that is very wrong.

    I would e-mail and ask before taking them to the parks. Just to be on the safe side. It would be horrible to show up with them only to be told you can't bring them in.
     
  11. cobright

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    Try out trekking poles to see if they make you more secure. My criticism of them us that they occupy both your hands and leave you unable to grab a different handhold like a railing if needed. They are also longer than a forearm crutch. In the event of a bigger stumble they can end up becoming a trip hazard. Even worse if they are attached to your wrists with lanyards.

    Everyone is different and they may be just the ticket for you. But also consider a pair of short walking canes or forearm crutches and try them all out before deciding.
     
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    Be aware that whether you use hiking poles or canes people will knock them from under you. They don't mean to but just aren't paying attention.
     

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