Walt Disney World: Perfectly Accessible Vacation For Anyone New To A Wheelchair

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5 Reasons Someone Green to a Wheelchair Should Visit a Walt Disney Theme Park…

After a sudden injury, people newly confined to wheelchairs are often hesitant to venture away from their geographic comfort zone (ie: home, local community). In general, they fear the uncertain. If a sudden injury (ie: paraplegia, quadriplegia, amputee) has left you disabled in a wheelchair, chances are you haven’t ventured too far from home.  I strongly suggest taking a vacation..

If you’re young and still living at home, go with your parents and siblings. If you’re a young adult go with your closest friends (quality over quantity) or your boyfriend/girlfriend. If you’re married with children, bring the entire family. If you have no friends, join a church and go with them…

In my opinion, there is no place better than a Walt Disney theme park if seeking a therapeutic vacation experience, which will absolutely be wheelchair friendly and accessible. This past weekend Ana coerced me into taking a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Her little cousin is visiting from Brazil, so we wanted her to see Disney World. I was amazed at how
wheelchair accessible they’d built all their theme parks. Disney absolutely took wheelchairs (and other disabilities) into consideration while designing each park.

Below are 5 reasons to visit a Walt Disney theme park if you’re green (new) to a wheelchair:

5) Getting out of your comfort zone and having a good experience is priceless early after an injury. Disney will allow you to explore new terrain from a wheelchair, while guaranteeing accessibility throughout the day. All the ride operators know exactly where/how to direct people in wheelchairs.

4) Most of the people at Disney are little children (yes, children are people too). From my experience, little children may stare, but they don’t pass judgment when they see me rolling around in a wheelchair. Most are too young to know what it means to pass judgment. They are simply curious. Besides, most of those little tigers are rolling around in strollers and pooping in
their pants… I say, if a little kid with poop in his pants happens to stare at me, well, the joke is on him..

3) Visiting Disney will remind you of being a little kid. Who didn’t like Mickey Mouse when they were little? The environment promotes a fun non-serious atmosphere, which can absolutely help someone new to a wheelchair acclimate.

2) The terrain at Disney is entirely accessible, yet still allows you to work on therapeutic wheelchair exercise throughout the day. Sometimes you’ll have to push up a slight incline. Maybe you’ll have to roll down a slight decline. Maybe the sidewalk will have a small crack you have to bump over. Any and all new terrain obstacles you overcome will help to psychologically alleviate the fears associated with going someplace totally new in your wheelchair. The main thing to focus on is the fact that the entire park is accessible and you have nothing to worry about on your vacation, period.

1) Keep in mind, roughly 50% of the visitors at Disney are less than years old, and like you, those little boogers can’t walk very well either… So don’t be intimidated!


Oh, I almost forgot.. Make a point to go to Disney World theme parks when the weather is not so hot. We just got back, and I swear we would have melted if we stayed much longer.

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  • Janette

    I had no idea how funny you truly are!! I love this blog – real, light, informative and fun.

  • Jason

    Yes…disney is really good indeed. I was lucky to go during the early spring months when its still cold out.

    • Jacob

      Good for you man! I’ll never go again during the summer. Before the end of the day I had to buy a mickey mouse kitchen towel to wipe sweat off my face.

  • Burt

    Great comments. Remember how inseparable you and Mickey were when you little??

  • Mimi

    Disney is awesome. However, for my money, I’ll take Canada’s Wonderland in Toronto. Okay, it’s not *quite* Disney, but they still let wheelchair users go in the back entrance and get directly on the rides. :o)

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