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Disney World With Disability

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A January 2006 trip to Orlando by ZeppoX

Quote: Most Disney "cast members" will pitch right in to help, often going far out of their way. Includes resort/hotel reviews from 6 trips.

Disney World With Disability

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Two people in our party are partially disabled... leaving just me to help them out on our visits to Walt Disney World, or so I thought. Most Disney “cast members” will pitch right in, often going far out of their way to help. For example, one family member got confused and went to transportation hub rather than Magic Kingdom. Exhausted, this person despaired at ever catching up with the group. A cast member stepped in. This nice young lady found a wheel chair and escorted the person all the way to the turnstiles! All this is in addition to the various official policies and services to help you out.But the bad news: that was the January 2005 trip. In January 2006 we found a different attitude. ...Read More

Disney's BoardWalk Villas

Hotel | "Boardwalk Villas"

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In 2001 we stayed in a Villa at the Boardwalk Inn. This was wonderful. An oversized hotel room with a fridge, microwave, and a couch. Easy walk to Epcot (this was prior to the accident that caused the partial disabilities). It was a rare experience to pay more than $300 a night and feel like it was a good value (it has gone up since then, of course). The place is so fine, that you really don’t need any advice to make the most of it. Except for one thing: do not spring for a room with a view of the lake, unless you plan to stay up all night with the revelers on the Boardwalk.This resort will be easy for people with disabilities. The walkway to Epcot is pretty much level. The boatride ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2006

Disney's BoardWalk Villas
2101 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Orlando, Florida
(407) 939-6244

Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside

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Hotel | "Disney's Port Orleans Resort French Quarter"

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In 2005 we stayed at the Port Orleans French Quarter, one of the four moderately priced Disney World resorts. It was good. The room lacked the couch that the Boardwalk Villa had, but it did have a fridge, and a nifty little dressing room that separated from the main room by a curtain. And I bought a small microwave on sale for $19 at Wal-Mart and we used it in the room. We had a water view room, which is nice because it’s quiet. However, it’s a long way from the water to the parking lot and bus stop. I’ve heard many travel professionals state that French Quarter is the best of the moderate resorts, and though it’s the only one I have visited, I believe it. The boat ride to Downtown Disney is fu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2006

Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside
1251 Riverside Dr
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-934-6000

Doubletree Guest Suites

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Hotel | "Double Tree Suites Walt Disney World"

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In 2006 we cashed a bunch of Hilton HHonors points and stayed at the DoubleTree in the Downtown Disney area for 6 nights. It was OK, and the huge suite sure was a blessing. Having an on-site restaurant, instead of the French Quarter’s food court, also was nice. Not to mention that if your room is on the street side of the hotel on floor 6 or 7 you will have a view of various parks’ fireworks (our first night was New Year’s Eve, and the view of Pleasure Island fireworks at midnight drew a crowd to the elevator landing’s window on the 7th floor). However, the transportation was inadequate, so I feel sorry for anyone who did not have a car with a handicapped hang tag. The buses from these non-Disney ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 25, 2006

Doubletree Guest Suites
2305 Hotel Plaza
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 934-1000

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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Hotel

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I cannot get a straight answer regarding whether there is bus transport from the Wilderness Lodge to Magic Kingdom, or if the boat is the only route. Cast members give conflicting answers, and even the signs at the bus stop disagree. I suspect that it varies seasonally but did not pursue the issue, since we always use our van. Lack of bus transport would be a problem for people on wheels who lack a car. The covered ramp from the lobby to the bus stop is one of the easier ones in WDW for people on wheels. There is plenty of room at the stop for boarding and a nice, cool covered waiting area.Using your own car would be difficult here. What were they thinking when they put handicapped parking s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2006

Disney's Wilderness Lodge
901 West Timberline Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 824-3200

Disney's Animal Kingdom

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Attraction | "Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge"

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The best handicapped parking area in WDW is here. Wisely, they tucked it next to the covered area where people park to check-in. There’s ample room, and getting to/from is easy and safe.If you use bus transportation, you will find it close by and with plenty of room to maneuver both you and the bus. Typically, it’s downhill from the hotel entrance. As at the Wilderness Lodge, it often is obstructed with departing guests’ luggage. But overall, not bad and certainly better than the Polynesian’s cramped bus stop. Bus service here is better than at the Contemporary, Floridian, and Polynesian because Animal Kingdom Lodge does not share buses with other resorts. But they seem to run less frequently....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 20, 2006

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

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Hotel

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The unexpected first choice among the moderate resorts for travelers with disabilities, often overlooked because of its rep as a “convention” resort.True that, but the convention center provides advantages to the leisure traveler: Coronado Springs has the most services, most amenities, and most recreation of all the moderate reports at WDW.Coronado and Port Orleans Riverside are the only ones with sit-down restaurants, and Coronado’s wins easily. For example, “Maya” has the same filet mignon that you would get at the Wilderness Lodge’s Artists Pointe restaurant, but for $26 instead of $32 (as of this writing). Although not as thoroughly themed as the places at the Deluxe resorts, it ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 21, 2006

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
1001 West Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 939-1000

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

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Hotel

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I cannot recommend Caribbean Beach at all for people with handicaps.At this time (April 2006), I cannot recommend it to anyone at all.The place is in serious need of refurbishment. It is almost as scruffy as the independent Downtown Disney hotels such as the Doubletree. They try to make up for that by making cute little character sculptures out of your towels and wash cloths, but don’t be fooled. I have to wonder… after they finish renovating the equally worn-out Contemporary, is CB next? I hope so. After that, WDW’s oldest resort, Polynesian, is due again.Pretty much everything Disney touts as great about this place is the opposite. Lovely beaches on the lagoons? Take a look a...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 21, 2006

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
900 Cayman Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
407-934-3400

Disney World Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa

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Restaurant | "Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa"

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The good news about this hotel in the Downtown Disney area includes its proximity to Downtown Disney Marketplace and that it shares bus service only with the adjacent Hilton. The other four non-Disney hotels in this area share an unreliable, slow and surly service, but the Wyndham and Hilton bus service is almost as good as the official Disney service. Official Disney transport is available to Wyndham and Hilton guests who are willing and able to make their way to a bus stop in Downtown Disney.Further good news is the convenience of driving to the theme marks. Turn right from the exit, then left at the end of the road, and you get to Magic Kingdom without the stoplight festival that surrounds Downtown...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 22, 2006

Disney World Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa
1900 N Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 827-2727

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We consider the high-end restaurants in Disney World to be one of the highlights of the trip, and in a separate journal I will describe our favorites. However, quick story. In '05 we were in the first dinner seating for the character meal at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom. We were the unprepared targets of a random act of magic. They choose one family to open the joint, doing a little welcome ceremony with the characters, being the first seated, and getting some party favors (ha, it's more than a year later and we're still finding pixie dust everywhere in our house - pixie dust consists of little plastic Mickey cut-outs). It was so much fun that I'm tempted to show up way ahead of ti...Read More