Feature conversation with Kelly DeBardelaben from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She’s here to chat with me about her Disney travels with her husband. He gets around using a power wheelchair because his mobility is affected by Cerebral Palsy. The couple has cruised to Alaska with the Disney Cruise Line AND vacationed at the Disneyland Resort in California and Kelly gives us the scoop on the wheelchair accessibility of both these Disney destinations.
Some of the things we discuss are:
Airport considerations for her husband’s power wheelchair
Accessibility and space requirements for resort rooms/cabins
Reasons she and her husband love using a Disney Travel Agent to help plan vacations
No grab rails in the accessible cabins on the Disney Wonder!
Kelly’s tip to avoid sticking to a toilet seat during bathroom transfers
Ability of adults to enjoy a kid-free Disney cruise
Off-ship excursions with a power wheelchair
Disneyland attractions that accommodate a power wheelchair
Disneyland attraction queues that accommodate a power wheelchair
Using a Service Dog in Disneyland
Teaching your child how to approach people in a power wheelchair or with a service dog
Tip of the Week:
This week we have a question about use of the Disability Access Service accommodation, or DAS, during the after-hours hard ticket events at Walt Disney World, namely, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
(By the way, in case you are planning to do either of these parties in 2015, tickets are on sale now!)
A few Special Mouse Community Members who have attended these parties in the past 2 years have said that the DAS is NOT implemented during the hard ticket events.
First of all, DAS Return Times are generally procured when waits in the standby queue are 20 minutes or greater. The wait times rarely reach 20 minutes during the parties. In fact, FastPass queues aren’t even open.
After the day guests leave and the parties are in full swing (7pm), most of the partygoers are there for the special party offerings – the holiday parades, the special meet-and-greets, the unique stage shows, etc., and so if you are interested in doing rides, it is a fabulous time to visit the more popular attractions as the wait times are low, low, low (particularly during parades and fireworks.)
So, the short answer is no. The DAS is not used during the parties because, like FastPass+ reservations, it simply isn’t needed!
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Thanks for listening!