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Update on the Disability Access Service Card and Part Two of Talia’s Make-A-Wish Trip Report

Kathy shares a letter from Meg Crofton, President of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, regarding the impending DAS system. Then Charolott Feldman returns with part two of her daughter Talia’s Make-A-Wish trip report. (Part One can be found in Episode 008.) 

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FAQs for Scooter Newbies and a Visit From the Big Fat Panda – 011

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Everything you need to know about renting an Electronic Convenience Vehicle, or “scooter”, at Walt Disney World — a conversation with JoEllen Andrew from Scooter Vacations. Then, a lively chat with John Saccheri from Bigfatpanda.com. We discuss John’s youtube videos of Disney attractions, shot in “Pandavision” and how they are so engaging for children on the Autism Spectrum. We also talk about the Big Fat Panda Show, family memories, Give Kids the World, Disney Infinity…. let’s just say we talked and talked. And my son, Billy, makes a cameo appearance!

Scooter Vacations  delivers your scooter to your preferred location—whether that’s your hotel, arriving airline terminal, timeshare or private residence—ready for your vacation use and picks up the scooter upon your departure. Generous commissions for Travel Agents. Visit them on Facebook at Disney World Scooter Rentals.

Please visit John Saccheri’s You Tube channel Big Fat Panda and connect with him on Twitter @DisneyWorlds  and on Facebook at Bigfatpanda Disneyworlds

For information about fun volunteer activities at Give Kids the World Village, visit GKTW.

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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Using a Stroller as a Wheelchair and The Gingerbread Run 5K to benefit GKTW 009

Kathy discusses the Guest Assistance Card and using a stroller as a wheelchair in the Disney parks with Kristin Zarchan from Pixie Vacations. A brief announcement regarding the 2nd Annual Special Diets Illuminations Dessert Party, hosted by Gluten-Free/Dairy-Free at WDW is followed by visit with Lisa Bertin-Queena, Director of Special Events at Give Kids the World in Kissimmee, FL. Lisa and Kathy talk about the annual Gingerbread Run 5K coming up in November that will benefit GKTW Village, a storybook resort where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to week-long fantasy vacations.

 

More information about the Special Diets Illuminations Dessert Party can be found HERE.

You can connect with Kristin Zarchan on Twitter @MagicalKristin and on Facebook at Kristin’s Pixie Vacations.

Please visit Give Kids the World and register for the Gingerbread Run! Walk, run, roll or stroll!

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Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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Episode 001 Introducing the Special Mouse Podcast!

Welcome to the first episode of the Special Mouse Podcast! I hope to bring you both information and inspiration when it comes to Disney travel and your extra challenges.

In the Introduction, I share my own Disney-with-special-needs experience with you (my youngest child has Autism) and offer a bit of insight into why I created this podcast.

Feature Interview: Colette Krahenbuhl from Give Kids The World Village in Central Florida.

Colette details the history of Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization whose mission is “to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions…”

We discuss the many ways in which listeners can support GKTW through the sharing of time, talent and/or resources.

To learn more, please visit the website at Give Kids The World. You can tweet with GKTW on Twitter @GKTWVillage

Your Special Trip Report: Bill and Tracy from Southern Illinois, USA.

Bill and Tracy share highlights from their latest (of many) trips to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Bill has Cerebral Palsy and lives with both mobility and speech impairments. We discuss the complexities of  air travel with a power wheelchair and hotel room accessibility at both the Pop Century Resort and the Boardwalk Villas. Tracy shares some of her experiences traveling and touring WDW as a person of size.

 

Just wait until you hear about the surprise Bill planned for Tracy during their Private Dining Experience at the Grand Floridian!  So romantic! *sigh*

If you would like to connect with Bill or Tracy you can find them on Facebook at Tracy Brooks and Bill Kaiser, and on Twitter @mrsksomeday and @kaiserb.

Thanks for listening! ~ Kathy

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