Just because you’re injured doesn’t mean your trip to Disney is doomed. Walt Disney World has done so much to make their parks accessible for the injured and disabled. If anything, an injury shouldn’t be the reason for sitting out a trip to the happiest place on Earth. It could provide a significant boost in one’s spirit and outlook. The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year and there is an opportunity for having an amazing time.
To make the most of your trip to Disney World while injured, we have the following 5 tips you should follow. By taking these actions, you can transform your experience for the better.
Download the Disability Guides
You can find an overview of the various options you have for experiencing Disney World on the Services for Disabilities Page. This page can be found here.
The most useful part of the page is the Guides for Guests with Disabilities. Within this section, you can find a printable PDF guide for all four parks. Each guide includes information and tips for accessibility, mobility, and information for other disabilities including visual and hearing issues.
Locate Amenities for the Injured and Disabled
By using these guide and asking the staff at Disney World, you should be able to locate where the first aid and medical areas are. This also includes finding accessible restrooms and the nearest Guest Relations areas.
Disney offers several amenities and benefits for the injured and disabled, especially during holiday-themed events. This often includes preferred seating among other services.
Mobility, Mobility, Mobility…
Disney World has a lot of moving. There is so much to see in each trip especially if you’re visiting multiple parks. This is true inside the parks and outside in Orlando itself.
If you’re immobilized due to injury, we recommend renting a scooter that you can take with you throughout the city.
Review Ride Restrictions
Find where you want to go and research if it’s okay for your injury. Each and every ride and attraction within Disney World has information on ride restrictions and what your physical requirements must be to ride. Many attractions and rides also have mobility access to help you out if you have trouble moving or standing in lines.
Finding the Right Experience For You
Even though you’re immobile, you may still want to move around and explore the parks. You may also want to just find shows, places to eat, or try to get on every ride you can.
By looking through the guides and researching which parts of Disney you want, you can craft your own experience and make the most of your visit. There isn’t a right or wrong way to experience Disney while injured. Once you’ve covered all the bases for your safety, find what you really want to do and plan on it.
No matter the injury, Disney has something for you to enjoy during the holidays. Don’t get discouraged because you’re hurt or immobile. The park is super-accessible, and staff are willing to go out of their way to ensure you have a good time. By downloading the guides and understanding where help can be found, when needed, you can ensure that your visit will still be one of the best times of your life.
We also recommend renting a mobility scooter for any theme park trip as you will be moving around for the entire day. Finding the right scooter for reliability and comfort can take you a long way.