WDW with medical issues?

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WDW with medical issues?
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Wed, 01-25-2012 - 11:53am

Hello all, we are planning to go to WDW in June. My dd has a seizure disorder and her medications inhibit sweating - in short she can't cool down and overheats very quickly, even in winter. My husband's job makes it impossible to travel off season, so that option is out.

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Wed, 01-25-2012 - 5:27pm

I don't see any reason not to get a wheelchair.

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Wed, 01-25-2012 - 10:00pm
M'Shell already gave you tons of good advice. I know the Passporter's Open Mouse book is supposed to be THE resource for traveling with disabilities. I second M'Shel on the stroller...my 8yo niece and 5yo nephew fought tooth and nail over my daughters stroller when we travelled together. She will be cooler and less likely to get tired. The stroller parking does tend to be in the sun though and there can be a minute walks walk from where you park the stroller to where you wait in line/go inside a building so before going that route I would see if there was a way you could bring the stroller into attractions like those in a wheelchair can. If not, I may go the wheelchair route. Not sure what your budget is or dining plans are but as for meeting characters I would try to get into as many of the character meals as possible. You can skip some of the longer lines outside that way. The lines outside can be daunting in all the parks. You can meet Mickey and crew inside in Epcot and Mickey and Minnie inside in MK. Also there are a few princesses inside in MK in the new meeting spot in just after you enter the park.

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Mon, 02-13-2012 - 12:12pm

Thank you both! I still have the spray fans from our last trip. Got them here at home and they still work 4 years later. I hadn't considered a stroller, but it would work. She's a little bit of a thing anyway. We probably aren't doing much character dining this trip. We now have a 3 year old who is terrified of anyone in any kind of costume, even human form, Lol. The older two have already done the full blown character trip - we'll save that for the next trip when the youngest is older. Because of cost we are thinking of doing quick service this time - however you bring up a good point - inside dining is cooler. Something to consider. We'll have a stroller anyway for the youngest, so why not get another. hmm, maybe a double or a sit and stand....now my wheels are turning. Thanks again! I really appreciate it.

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Registered: 09-21-2007
Fri, 02-17-2012 - 10:27am
The others had great advice. The only thing I will add is that at Guest Relations, you can get a tag to put on a stroller that makes it act like a wheelchair, meaning that you can take it right up to the attraction/ride if you need instead of having to park it in stroller parking. I'm not sure if you need medical proof to get that "tag" or not. I just texted my friend, who is a Cast Member, and as soon as I get a response, I'll let you know what she says. But, with your daughter's medical condition, if you do need the proof, I'm sure her doctor would be happy to provide that, so I know you can get that designation for a stroller.


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Fri, 02-17-2012 - 2:28pm
Ok, I got a reply back. She said that while it is not required to have proof that you need the stroller as a "wheelchair", that if you get someone who is....dealing with something up their posterior....that day that it would be best to have a letter from the doctor stating your daughter's medical issues (seizures when overheating, tiring easily because of the condition, etc.). She also said that it is best if you go to the first Guest Relations that you come across, whether it be at the resort or at the park. If you rent a stroller from an outside place you would be able to just use the same one for the whole trip, but if you rent the Disney strollers, you'd probably have to get a new one each day (as I've seen them before and they look like the tags that are put on luggage at the airport). I hope this helps your daughter be able to enjoy Disney!


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