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Differently-Abled Disney/Pixar Characters: How Many Can You Name?

Here’s a post I wrote awhile back that was featured on WDW Fan Zone. I thought you might enjoy it!

Just for fun, how many Disney (or Pixar) animated characters can you think of that are different or differently-abled in some way? I recently posted this challenge to a group on Facebook and, surprisingly, we ended up with a fairly extensive list! I started the list with a few characters that came to mind right away:


Dumbo came to mind because of his ears!

Nemo and Dory

Nemo had a “lucky” fin; and Dory had short-term memory loss

From there, the list of characters simply grew and grew! Here’s what we came up with — do you agree with them all? Why or why not?


Pinocchio – made of wood; no strings

Donald Duck – speech

Carl Fredrickson – mobility; used a quad cane

Grandma Odie (Princess and the Frog) – visually impaired

Quasimodo – (Hunchback of Notre Dame) anatomical deformities

Piglet – anxiety and stuttering

Abby Mallard – speech

Dormouse (Alice in Wonderland) – Narcolepsy

Mad Hatter – mental health issues

Hook-Hand Thug (Tangled) – amputee/hook

Long John Silver (Treasure Planet) – amputee/peg leg

Chip (Beauty and the Beast) – damaged teacup

Lilo (socially awkward) and Stitch (anger and attention/hyperactivity)

Fa Shu (Mulan’s father) – frail and disabled

Willie – giantism

The Seven Dwarfs – Dopey (speech) Bashful (social anxiety) Grumpy (anger management issues)

Finding NemoPearl, the octopus, inks herself when she gets nervous, the seahorse was H2O intolerant, the sharks were in a sort of addiction-recovery (“Fish are friends, not food) and Gill from the fish tank had traumatic injuries.

Timon and Pumbaa were social outcasts.


Well, can you think of any more? I’d love it if you would list them in the comments section!

Thanks for reading,

~ Kathy

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Crani-Facial Awareness with Two Disney Fans! 038

Crani-Facial Awareness with Two Disney Fans! 038

Jonathan from the U.S. and Michael from the U.K., each born with similar conditions that affected their cranio-facial structure, discuss their love of the Disney theme parks and help Kathy raise awareness for this rare spectrum of conditions known as craniosynostosis.

“Craniosynostosis occurs when one or more of the plates in the skull fuses, normally before birth, resulting in problems often requiring surgical intervention at a young age. Some conditions require ongoing surgical as well as other medical treatments into early adulthood.”  ~ Headlines Craniofacial Support


Jonathan Siebert

Jonathan loves hunting for Disney Characters in the parks, having his picture taken with them and them sharing them with his friends on Facebook.  So far, he has met 71 different Disney and Pixar characters! (His favorite is Mary Poppins.) Jonathan shares about his condition, known as Apert Syndrome, which affects his head, face, hands and feet.

Michael Moody

Michael Moody is a theme parks super-fan and has visited every Disney theme park on the planet, save Hong Kong Disneyland! (His favorite is Tokyo Disney Sea.) He shares about his condition, Crouzon Syndrome, and his efforts to support the craniosynostosis community. Michael is a trustee of Headlines – The Craniofacial Support Group, a charitable organization based in the U.K. that supports families with a craniofacial condition in the U.K. and overseas. You can connect with the Headlines support group on Facebook HERE.


Michael co-hosts the Castle to Castle podcast at Castle to Castle: A Tale of Two Disnerds.  Follow the Castle to Castle podcast on Twitter! You can connect with Michael individually on Facebook.


Special Mouse is sponsored by Amy at Up and Up Travel. “Up & Up Travel started out as a simple idea, there should be a dedicated Disney travel agency for families & groups who have Special Needs or Disabilities. We believe that no one’s needs should be forgotten and no one should should be left out of the magic of travel to a Disney Destination!” ~ Amy Hughes


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~ Kathy

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Autism Trip Report: First Visit to Walt Disney World, 2003

Kathy shares memories and tips from her family’s first trip to Walt Disney World. We’re going way back to September, 2003, when accommodations were easy to get, Fantasmic was scheduled nightly and the hot dog rolls at Casey’s were “real!” Ah, the good old days! Mentioned in this episode are planning for a WDW vacation, character interactions: face characters vs. fur characters, Cinderella’s Royal Table, parade and fireworks viewing tips, items to include in a “sensory” bag, dealing with aggressive birds, airplane travel with autism, and much more.
The Special Mouse Tip of the Week concerns Magic Bands and guests with Sensory Defensiveness.
Congratulations to listener Josette Smith for correctly guessing the identity of “Mickey” in the new tip of the week bumper — it’s John Saccheri aka The Big Fat Panda! Visit John’s awesome YouTube channel,
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