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Old 03-04-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Hi all, I've been reading over everyone's reviews of the new assistance program and am really having some difficulties. My boyfriend and I are booked to go August 19th, his first Disney trip! In the past I was able to get the GAC card as I have significant knee issues (I have been under the care of a specialist for over ten years) and having issues standing for periods of time longer than 20-25 minutes. I do not require a wheelchair since that can make it worse. I do have braces that I bring with me and wear. My boyfriend is an injured vet with titanium rods in his back and leg. He doesn't require a wheelchair either but like me, he has issues standing for long periods. Does anyone know if Disney will consider this a mobility issue or not? We do not have issues getting around. I'm seriously debating cancelling my trip which is just breaking my heart. I agree the old system was abused but the new system acts as if all disabilities are the same.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Hi all, I've been reading over everyone's reviews of the new assistance program and am really having some difficulties. My boyfriend and I are booked to go August 19th, his first Disney trip! In the past I was able to get the GAC card as I have significant knee issues (I have been under the care of a specialist for over ten years) and having issues standing for periods of time longer than 20-25 minutes. I do not require a wheelchair since that can make it worse. I do have braces that I bring with me and wear. My boyfriend is an injured vet with titanium rods in his back and leg. He doesn't require a wheelchair either but like me, he has issues standing for long periods. Does anyone know if Disney will consider this a mobility issue or not? We do not have issues getting around. I'm seriously debating cancelling my trip which is just breaking my heart. I agree the old system was abused but the new system acts as if all disabilities are the same.
Yes, I believe they would consider it a mobility issue.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:46 PM   #3
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Hi all, I've been reading over everyone's reviews of the new assistance program and am really having some difficulties. My boyfriend and I are booked to go August 19th, his first Disney trip! In the past I was able to get the GAC card as I have significant knee issues (I have been under the care of a specialist for over ten years) and having issues standing for periods of time longer than 20-25 minutes. I do not require a wheelchair since that can make it worse. I do have braces that I bring with me and wear. My boyfriend is an injured vet with titanium rods in his back and leg. He doesn't require a wheelchair either but like me, he has issues standing for long periods. Does anyone know if Disney will consider this a mobility issue or not? We do not have issues getting around. I'm seriously debating cancelling my trip which is just breaking my heart. I agree the old system was abused but the new system acts as if all disabilities are the same.
Only Disney knows what would a mobility issue when you explain your needs to GS. What needs do you have that you would like the DAS to address? If your boyfriend can't stand, and doesn't want to use a wheelchair, his needs may be met by another mobility device. What would a DAS do that a device that allows him to sit instead stand wouldn't do?

As far as not being able to stand for more than 20-25 minutes, most people report waiting at least that long when they return to the FP queue with their DAS. Maybe you could benefit from a mobility device that allows you to alternate sitting and standing, like a walker or cane with a seat.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:00 PM   #4
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Only Disney knows what would a mobility issue when you explain your needs to GS. What needs do you have that you would like the DAS to address? If your boyfriend can't stand, and doesn't want to use a wheelchair, his needs may be met by another mobility device. What would a DAS do that a device that allows him to sit instead stand wouldn't do?

As far as not being able to stand for more than 20-25 minutes, most people report waiting at least that long when they return to the FP queue with their DAS. Maybe you could benefit from a mobility device that allows you to alternate sitting and standing, like a walker or cane with a seat.
My boyfriend can stand, however, the rods make it difficult for him so the regular stand by line would bother him. Neither of us have mobility issues and therefore do not require the wheelchairs. Since we don't require them we don't want to rent them if someone else has a need for one. The DAS would allow both of us both of us to spend a shorter amount of time standing. If Disney is willing to issue the GAS I would be extremely grateful. I don't have an issue waiting for my return time if that is the impression you had, neither one of us do. We are just concerned standing in a line for prolonged periods of time. I'm not looking for a FOTL pass or anything like that.
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My boyfriend can stand, however, the rods make it difficult for him so the regular stand by line would bother him. Neither of us have mobility issues and therefore do not require the wheelchairs. Since we don't require them we don't want to rent them if someone else has a need for one. The DAS would allow both of us both of us to spend a shorter amount of time standing. If Disney is willing to issue the GAS I would be extremely grateful. I don't have an issue waiting for my return time if that is the impression you had, neither one of us do. We are just concerned standing in a line for prolonged periods of time. I'm not looking for a FOTL pass or anything like that.
Even if he doesn't need a wheelchair day to day, if he can't stand in a queue and a wheelchair or ECV provides a way for him to not stand, Disney's response is like to be that it is a mobility issue. Like you said, you need to spend a shorter time standing. A wheelchair, ECV, rollator or even a cane with a seat would all accomplish the same thing.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:11 PM   #6
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Even if he doesn't need a wheelchair day to day, if he can't stand in a queue and a wheelchair or ECV provides a way for him to not stand, Disney's response is like to be that it is a mobility issue. Like you said, you need to spend a shorter time standing. A wheelchair, ECV, rollator or even a cane with a seat would all accomplish the same thing.
Even if the wheelchair has the potential to cause issues as well for the both of us? I'm sorry if I'm being a pain! I promise I'm not trying to!! I just want to understand this as best as I can before I potentially go there.
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:30 PM   #7
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So I'm curious (and I'm honestly not trying to be snarky), if you're not sitting or standing, what will you be doing? Why would the DAS help since if you're not standing on a long line, you are probably sitting on a bench, which is no different from sitting in a wheelchair. I'm just trying to figure out what will help you.
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Even if the wheelchair has the potential to cause issues as well for the both of us? I'm sorry if I'm being a pain! I promise I'm not trying to!! I just want to understand this as best as I can before I potentially go there.
You're not required to sit in the wheelchair the entire time - you can sit when you need to and stand when you need to.
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. . . Since we don't require them we don't want to rent them . . .

1) I doubt you can get a DAS.
2) You do not have a mobility issue that qualifies.
3) You can easily solve your mobility issue(s) by renting a wheelchair or ECV.
4) It is your preference to not rent a mobility device.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:07 PM   #10
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Are FlipSticks even allowed? There have been several debates on these boards about the canes with seats being prohibited, and the FlipStick looks like it falls within that realm.
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Are FlipSticks even allowed? There have been several debates on these boards about the canes with seats being prohibited, and the FlipStick looks like it falls within that realm.
I actually talked to a CM, her mom uses one in the park, so it's fine.
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OP, look into touring plans. By following the plans, you can often have shorter wait times.
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I know folding chairs aren't allowed, but the seat on the Flipstick isn't as obvious as it is on folding-chair canes with full-size seats. When it's folded up, it kind of looks like just a fancy ergonomic handle. I doubt anyone would even notice it when it wasn't being used. And I don't think it even violates the spirit of the rule, either, since it can't even sit there and take up space when the user isn't there using it.

I'm not sure it would be any easier or faster to get up and down from it in a stalled queue than it would be to get up and down out of a wheelchair, but it's worth a try if you prefer it.

Personally, I've never once been in a queue at a Disney park where I was called upon to stand still for more than a few minutes, and I've been there during peak times. I have a hard time imagining the circumstances. But I'll take the word of those who say they have.
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Old 04-19-2014, 11:48 PM   #14
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Thanks for the advice everyone. Unfortunately due to other circumstances I had to cancel the trip I will certainly keep this in mind for next time!
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