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Old 01-26-2014, 05:29 PM   #1651
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Logistically, you'd basically be just going to the ride and either going into the regular que (if it's accessible... most are) or heading into the WC line. Can she transfer or will she need an accessible vehicle?

I'm not sure if Sue posted a list yet of rides that give WC return cards versus having accessible ques.
We'd prefer she stay in her chair if possible. She can never transfer to another type of wheelchair. She's needs 100% assist and is closing in on 90 pounds at 5'4". At our local amusement park, built in the 70's, the wrapping nature of the lines are where we have trouble as well as the widths. I've never been able to find info on the lines so if it exists somewhere here, that would help a ton.
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Hi - new here but I've read so much and learned a lot so far. In reading the first post in this thread it talks about people in wheelchairs not needing the DAS. I have yet to read an experience that someone being in a wheelchair has had. My DD (age 15) has CP and is in a power chair that is oddly wide due to some customizations that she needs. When we have been other places and gone through typical queues, we usually end up taking out a few poles as we go. :-(. We plan to go to GS upon arrival because she also has issues waiting in the sun too long (the chair gets super hot) and she can get frustrated and become a grabber/hitter. Our trip is the 2nd week of April which looks so-so with the crowd calendar but it's still in between spring break and Easter. I'm apprehensive as I'm sure many are. Does anyone out there have experiences that could help me understand what to expect? I think our first park is going to be DHS. Thanks!
As was already noted, most queues are either inside or shaded.

Almost all attractions are wheelchair accessible thru the regular line.
My daughter has not brought her power wheelchair - using it all day in theme park conditions would be too mentally and physically tiring for her. She doesn't like driving when it's busy (like Christmas shopping) even though she is a good driver and has no problem driving around the mall at other times.
At WDW, the driver of a power wheelchair needs to be constantly alert and ready to stop at any time. People pop out in front of you all the time without even noticing you.
I'm not saying not to have her use her power wheelchair - just to think about the challenges - especially as you mentioned your daughter can get frustrated and hit.

Our daughter can get the same way, so to avoid her getting to overwhelmed, we bring her manual wheelchair, which is less frustrating, even if it is giving up some freedom.


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This is less clear cut. Lots of different reports saying different things happened.

They should be issuing you a DAS for each child. However, they have been reports of them splitting the group up on each DAS. So, 1 DAS would have 2 people and another would have 2 people - and if you wanted to ride together you just get the same return time on both. I assume it's to prevent doubling up.

As far as the other portion of your family... the DAS is good for up to 6 people. They might put all 8 on there, but I wouldn't count on it since they are not immediate family members. They will obviously make exceptions for 2 adults and their 5 kids on the 6 person rule, but with 2 cards/8 people I don't think they'll bend it much. They might just put 4 people on each DAS card which would allow all 8 of you to ride at once with both cards having the same return time... but again... I think they're really trying to buckle down on the amount of cards/people's ability to use 2 cards for doubling up.
The very most they will give a DAS card for is 10 people.
Anything over 6 total requires a manager.
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I'm not saying they won't give you two passes, but they might split your party up on them, and may not allow 8 people.

You could also schedule your FP+ reservations with the cousins so you don't have another worry about the DAS.
With ONE DAS card, the maximum is 10, as I mentioned.
With more than one card in a group, what people have been reporting is that the total for the entire party will still be no more then 10, but will be split up between the cards.

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We'd prefer she stay in her chair if possible. She can never transfer to another type of wheelchair. She's needs 100% assist and is closing in on 90 pounds at 5'4". At our local amusement park, built in the 70's, the wrapping nature of the lines are where we have trouble as well as the widths. I've never been able to find info on the lines so if it exists somewhere here, that would help a ton.
Her manual wheelchair is 26 inches wide and 48 inches long and it fits everywhere.

A 'standard' wheelchair is 31 inches wide and 48 inches long and lines are at least 36 inches wide. As long as a wheelchair is no bigger than that 'standard' it should fit in lines.
I'll reply a little later with info about wheelchair accessible ride cars.

There are a few attractions where the line is not accessible and there is a special entrance or a special waiting area. It may be because the regular line is not accessible, because there is a limit on the people with special needs able to be in the attraction at one time because of evacuation limits or because the waiting area is small.
For wheelchair return times, whether they give them out or not depends on how busy it is. When we were at WDW from October 25 thru November 9, 2013, there were no attractions giving wheelchair return times when we went.
People who were there during the holidays reported getting wheelchair return times.
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Old 01-26-2014, 11:53 PM   #1653
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We plan to go to GS upon arrival because she also has issues waiting in the sun too long (the chair gets super hot) and she can get frustrated and become a grabber/hitter.
The grabber/hitter part would affect her ability to be in lines
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As was already noted, most queues are either inside or shaded.

Almost all attractions are wheelchair accessible thru the regular line.
My daughter has not brought her power wheelchair - using it all day in theme park conditions would be too mentally and physically tiring for her. She doesn't like driving when it's busy (like Christmas shopping) even though she is a good driver and has no problem driving around the mall at other times.
At WDW, the driver of a power wheelchair needs to be constantly alert and ready to stop at any time. People pop out in front of you all the time without even noticing you.
I'm not saying not to have her use her power wheelchair - just to think about the challenges - especially as you mentioned your daughter can get frustrated and hit.

Our daughter can get the same way, so to avoid her getting to overwhelmed, we bring her manual wheelchair, which is less frustrating, even if it is giving up some freedom.

Her manual wheelchair is 26 inches wide and 48 inches long and it fits everywhere.

A 'standard' wheelchair is 31 inches wide and 48 inches long and lines are at least 36 inches wide. As long as a wheelchair is no bigger than that 'standard' it should fit in lines.
I'll reply a little later with info about wheelchair accessible ride cars.

There are a few attractions where the line is not accessible and there is a special entrance or a special waiting area. It may be because the regular line is not accessible, because there is a limit on the people with special needs able to be in the attraction at one time because of evacuation limits or because the waiting area is small.
For wheelchair return times, whether they give them out or not depends on how busy it is. When we were at WDW from October 25 thru November 9, 2013, there were no attractions giving wheelchair return times when we went.
People who were there during the holidays reported getting wheelchair return times.
Thanks for so much information, Sue! Our DD is an inconsistent driver so we will be driving her using the attendant joystick (she's outgrown her manual chair). We've had her in this chair in the wheelchair cars. None of us could remember for sure last night so we went back to pictures! :-) I think her chair is just a tiny bit bigger than your daughter's. Good to know that her chair fits. That makes me feel a lot better. Her main frustration would be from waiting for long periods. She could probably do 15-20 minutes but I could see her completely freaking out at 30-60+ minutes. I'll be putting together a touring plan and we get there for rope drop so that should help with wait times in general. The info someone else wrote about using FP will also play into it. I'm the sort of person who likes to go into things with all the info I can. DD has a lot to do with that. Thanks again everyone!
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:22 PM   #1655
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I think I've got all my planning sorted but still a little unsure about MK!

As a wheelchair user with no DAS, I've not bothered with FP+ for PP, BTMR, SM or JC as these have separate entrances for WC's. Is this correct? I don't want to get to the ride and just be directed into the normal queue, especially since most of those rides mentioned tend to have the longest lines in the park. I really can't wait in any significant length line so trying to make my FP+ go as far as possible!!
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:48 AM   #1656
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I have been doing a ton of reading on the new DAS system and I am still so confused. I'm hoping you all can help me. My husband was recently diagnosed with PTSD from his former job, Police Sergeant. He is currently on disability due to it. He does not do well with crowds, gets overheated and is extremely cautious with us, his family, around strangers. First, will he be able to get a DAS pass? He is willing to bring a note from his doctor describing his "triggers". Then, if he does get a DAS, how does this work with Fast Pass +? Do we still get three fast passes a day? How do we incorporate the DAS card? Our trip is in June and I am extremely nervous about this trip with all the new changes. I really want it to be great for our kids. Thank you all for your help!! I love this board!
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I have been doing a ton of reading on the new DAS system and I am still so confused. I'm hoping you all can help me. My husband was recently diagnosed with PTSD from his former job, Police Sergeant. He is currently on disability due to it. He does not do well with crowds, gets overheated and is extremely cautious with us, his family, around strangers. First, will he be able to get a DAS pass? He is willing to bring a note from his doctor describing his "triggers". Then, if he does get a DAS, how does this work with Fast Pass +? Do we still get three fast passes a day? How do we incorporate the DAS card? Our trip is in June and I am extremely nervous about this trip with all the new changes. I really want it to be great for our kids. Thank you all for your help!! I love this board!
Chances are, GS will not look at a doctor's note.

You or he will need to let GS know generally what happens as a result of his triggers.

For heat, GS has a list of recommended attractions and areas to go for air conditioning. Ask about this. At MK they explained to us where and circled each area on the map rather than giving us a list.

GS recommends using both DAS and FP+. With DAS there is a return time, the standby wait minus 10 minutes. You may return any time AFTER that return time. You may only hold one return time. For example, PP was broken down in our return window, so we went to Mermaid for a new return time. The new time negates the old time. For FP+ you must return within the window listed. If you don't that FP+ is void.
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I have been doing a ton of reading on the new DAS system and I am still so confused. I'm hoping you all can help me. My husband was recently diagnosed with PTSD from his former job, Police Sergeant. He is currently on disability due to it. He does not do well with crowds, gets overheated and is extremely cautious with us, his family, around strangers. First, will he be able to get a DAS pass? He is willing to bring a note from his doctor describing his "triggers". Then, if he does get a DAS, how does this work with Fast Pass +? Do we still get three fast passes a day? How do we incorporate the DAS card? Our trip is in June and I am extremely nervous about this trip with all the new changes. I really want it to be great for our kids. Thank you all for your help!! I love this board!
If your husband does not do well in crowds and gets overheated I would suggest that you choose a different time of year to visit if at all possible. A DAS won't help (if he were able to get one) with the crowds in the park that time of year or with the extreme heat and humidity.
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I just read on another site that you can now get 3 DAS return times at once? Is this true? I am hoping that it is!
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I've only seen that reported by 1 particular blogger. Bloggers are a dime a dozen.

I'd mark it as a rumor until there's something official, or at the very least until more people report it. Hell, we can't even get a consistent yes or no in regards to obtaining a DAS out the outside GS locations! I'd think something like that would have something more official attached to it as CMs would have to be alerted to the process since it's the basic function of the DAS.
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I just read on another site that you can now get 3 DAS return times at once? Is this true? I am hoping that it is!
No. I believe this is being confused with FP+ where you get 3 return times for the day.

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No. I believe this is being confused with FP+ where you get 3 return times for the day.

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That would actually make a lot of sense. Particularly since FP+ recently started for all guests at MK.
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I just read on another site that you can now get 3 DAS return times at once? Is this true? I am hoping that it is!
No, it sounds like that blogger is confusing FP+ with "return times." That blogger consistently posts misleading and incorrect information. Stick with Sue's information; it has always been correct.
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I decided to delete my post since the poster on FB is only one person and can not confirm that Disney has changed any of their DAS policies yet.

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I decided to delete my post since the poster on FB is only one person and can not confirm that Disney has changed any of their DAS policies yet.
Wishes Count works in GR at AK. If there was a new procedure with the DAS she'd know since she issues them.
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