Disneyland Help Please

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Disneyland Help Please
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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 11:05am

The Spina Bifida Association of America has decided to have their annual conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim this year. We cannot afford to go to the conference or stay at this hotel but we thought we'd fly down and take our daughter to Disneyland.

Anna has spina bifida and is in a wheelchair. We're looking for a hotel about a mile or so away that is accessible for her and that won't break our bank. It has been a dream of Anna's to go to Disney (land or world) but we've never been able to afford it. She graduates from high school in June and the conference is the end of June (26-29). We hope to go from June 25 - July 2.

We'll be flying from Oregon and will also rent a car. We're looking at buying 3 day hopper passes.

So, my question is ... what hotels are best for people with disabilites? Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks so much.

Diane in Oregon
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Registered: 10-25-2004
Thu, 03-31-2011 - 3:54pm

There is currently an offer for Disneyland Hotel

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Registered: 10-25-2004
Thu, 03-31-2011 - 3:56pm

OOOps I read that wrong.

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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 4:02pm
Embassy Suites Anaheim South

This hotel has 375 guest suites with a jungle theme, featuring a separate living room, two televisions, microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Hotel amenities include a swimming pool, whirlpool, gift shop, restaurant, fitness center and guest laundry.
Distance from the Disneyland® Resort: 1 mile
More Information
Arriving on 6/25/2011 for 7 nights; 2 Adults and 1 Child (age 17)
$2,049.58
Special Offers: 4th Night Free
Room Type:King Suite
Package: Good Neighbor Hotel package
Tickets:6 Day Park Hopper® souvenir ticket
Dining:None
Special Features:
Mickey's Toontown Morning Madness
Character Calls
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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 4:41pm
Here is a map of Disneyland hotels: http://www.accommodationsneardisney.com/Disneyland/default.asp The ones on the right are all in a wonderful location. We stayed at the Howard Johnson (toward the north). It's a nice hotel (better than "regular" ones, I think). It took us 10 minutes to walk from our hotel to the park gates, with little ones. So it's an easy walk from any of those hotels. I'd check prices on expedia or hotels.com - those will give the best rates.

Sounds like a wonderful trip - I hope you can pull it together and that you'll all have a great time!

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Thu, 03-31-2011 - 5:18pm

Thanks for the quick replies! Our local credit union gave us a brochure from getawaytoday.com and their website has some deals on it. We've been looking at staying at the Hampton Inn & Suites. We can get a couple free nights and a good price on the 3 day hopper passes. My biggest concern was wondering how accessible it was.

I've had friends who also have kids w/sb who have told me to be sure and stop at the customer service area at Disney because they'll be able to help us know what to do since Anna is in a wheelchair and entrances to rides may be different for her.

Because none of us have ever been to Disneyland it's always hard to know what is and isn't accessible until you've either been there or have talked to someone who has.

Oh, and Anna will be 19 when she graduates so she's considered an adult. Child prices don't comply anymore. :)

Thanks again,
Diane in Oregon

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Registered: 10-13-2006
Thu, 03-31-2011 - 11:58pm
I don't have any specific disability info for you, but I will say that Disney handles this better than any place I've ever been. For lots of rides they have special entrances for wheelchairs and special loading areas (and you usually don't need to even wait in line!) Every ride is listed if wheelchair people need to transfer to a car or if they can accommodate a chair. If you need to find your way around, don't hesitate to ask any Disney employee (called a Cast Member). You will have a wonderful time.
We stayed at the Doubletree, which is near the Hampton. It's very walkable, though there are things even closer.
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Fri, 04-01-2011 - 1:26am
Thanks!
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Registered: 10-25-2004
Fri, 04-01-2011 - 7:55pm

Yes, you can stop by guests services and get a "Guest Assistance Card" and be directed on how to use it best.

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Fri, 04-01-2011 - 10:57pm
Well, today I called a local travel agent. The hotel she chose was much more than what I found. The flight was also more. The rental car was the same but the tickets were less. She won't sell me just the tickets. Oh well ...

I just checked flights again tonight and they've gone up. UGH!

I'm still searching. ~ Diane
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Sat, 04-02-2011 - 7:57am

I really find booking almost anything myself is the cheapest way to go.

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