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Old 11-29-2003, 07:29 PM   #76
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Tammydel, my family vacations at WDW once or twice a year, so I was very familiar with navigating the Disney property as a mobile person. This trip was my first opportunity, however, to experience it as a non-mobile person. I found navigating around in my wheelchair to be fairly straightforward. Of course, I went to the official WDW website and downloaded their guidebooks for guests with disabilities (click here). Those guidebooks contained information regarding the rides that I could and could not ride due to my disability.

Since my family vacations frequently at WDW, I did not feel the need to spend much time in the theme parks. Because of that fact, I chose not to rent an Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV or “scooter”) for my vacation and decided to use my wheelchair instead. I could push myself in my wheelchair, or my husband and daughter could push me if need be. If your grandmother cannot push herself in a wheelchair, and if you think you’ll be spending lots of time in the theme parks, then definitely consider renting an ECV from an off-site location (I’m sure the folks on the disABILITIES Board have already mentioned this to you).

Now for the rides. The It’s A Small World ride had a boat that allowed me to wheel my wheelchair directly onto it (click here for photo). That was a wonderful way to ride.

Because of SueM in MN’s eagle-eyes, I just made a correction in this post (thanks, Sue ).

For the Haunted Mansion ride, I parked my wheelchair where the Cast Member told me to and patiently sat in it awaiting further instruction. When the handicap doom buggy appeared, a Cast Member stopped the ride so that I could board it (I could not walk and therefore attempting to get myself down the ride’s moving sidewalk would have been a disaster that I surely would have been unable to avoid). Once the ride was stopped, I hopped on one leg over to the doom buggy vehicle and then sat down in it. I should note that whenever I hopped, I always leaned on my husband for support since I could not rely on maintaining my own balance.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean ride was another story. Once I wheeled myself through the queue and into the boarding area, I had to physically transfer myself from my wheelchair and down into the front row of the boat. That didn’t go very well for me and thus I hurt myself (you read about that earlier in this thread). When I attempted to ride this ride later on in my vacation, I was very careful with the boarding process. It went well this time but I was still very nervous about the whole boarding/disembarking process and found that it detracted from my enjoyment of the ride.

I should probably explain things in a little more detail. Since I only had the use of one leg, in order to lower myself into or out of the boat, I needed to put one hand on the boat’s rail and one hand on the queue’s rail – as you can imagine, those two rails were a foot or more apart and at different heights. It was tricky and I had plenty of upper-body strength to do this, however, during my first attempt I misjudged things and thus came down awfully hard on my broken leg. I’m not sure how agile your grandmother is, but the boarding/disembarking process for that ride really had me quite nervous.

Getting out of the boat was just as tricky as getting into it. I think if I hadn’t been in the front row of the boat, it wouldn’t have been as unnerving as it was. As I was trying to get myself up and out of the boat, I was afraid that I would lose my balance and fall sideways into the water. Like I said, I found it very unnerving. After I finally got myself out of the boat and into my wheelchair, the Cast Member pointed out where the elevator was and told me that was how my family could get upstairs and out of the ride building.

If you download the four theme parks’ “Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities” that I gave the link to above, you will find information regarding the rides and how they may be boarded. Those guidebooks were very helpful.

I am sad to say that I did not take any photos of the boarding process for the few rides that I rode on during this vacation. I wish I would have now, but just trying to get myself into or out of those rides was sometimes such a production that I didn’t have any time to take any photos or to even ask my husband to take some for me (his hands were usually occupied supporting me as I hopped or entered/exited a ride vehicle).

Hopefully, I’ll get around to posting about my BCV stay within the next few weeks. Let me just state that I found the Cast Members at the Front Desk to be outstanding. They really were wonderful and most helpful. As to the VWL, I haven’t stayed in the Villas side yet (I have stayed in the Lodge side). My guess is that the VWL is another wonderful place to stay for a guest with a disability.

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Old 11-29-2003, 07:31 PM   #77
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Helenk, yes, Thanksgiving slowed me down somewhat, but I must tell you, typing up my vacation experiences sure is a lot of hard work. Arg! And then sorting through my photos is even more work. I have never posted in such detail about any of my prior WDW vacations, and frankly I don’t know why I’m doing so now. But since I’ve already started, I guess I should follow through to completion, even if that completion takes several more weeks. Double-arg! There is one experience in particular that I cannot wait to share. I have a few more days to post about before I come to that one. But when I post about it, you’ll know it. My writing may not describe it well, but the photos should definitely do it justice. It was truly an incredible event that my family got to share with others. So sit tight, I’ll post as I’m able.
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Old 11-29-2003, 07:57 PM   #78
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Grand Floridian Day Five, Part 3…

An hour after the “999 Happy Haunts” event had started, the monorail was shut down for some last-minute rail maintenance. This meant that anyone staying in a monorail resort would have to take a bus back to their resort. And so as my family left the Magic Kingdom at the end of the “9999 Happy Haunts” event, we went in search of our resort bus.

We quickly found the bus that was heading to the monorail resorts. There was someone ahead of me in line who was in an ECV (a.k.a., scooter), so I got behind him and his group. Just then my husband noticed that the bus driver was closing the bus doors and was preparing to pull away from the bus stop. My husband ran up to the bus’ front door and asked the driver if we could please board. The bus driver said that we could, and he came outside. I pointed at the folks ahead of me in line and said that they were next, but someone stated that their ECV wouldn’t fit in the bus and they were waiting for another bus to arrive.

I had never ridden in a bus as a handicap person before, so I was curious as to how it worked. The bus driver lowered the hydraulic lift, told me to back my wheelchair onto it and lock my brakes, and then sit tight as he raised the ramp up to the height of the interior of the bus (click here for photo). So up I went.

Once the ramp was at the proper height, I unlocked my wheels and rolled onto the bus. The bus driver helped me put my wheelchair into the spot that was reserved for it, and then he began securely strapping my wheelchair to the bus (click here for photo).

It took several minutes to do this. Once everything had been properly attached, I was surprised at how secure my wheelchair felt (click here for photo).

I was next asked to put a seatbelt on for my safety (click here for photo), and I obediently did as I was told.

There was actually another wheelchair rider on the bus beside myself. The bus driver stated that the bus held a maximum of two wheelchair riders (click here for photo).

If I would have been thinking, I would have transferred myself to a bus seat and collapsed my wheelchair for the ride, but due to the lateness of the night, this thought never crossed my mind until after the bus had pulled away from the curb. In hindsight, I am glad that the bus driver had secured my wheelchair to the bus with me in it because it allowed me the opportunity to take a few photos to share with you folks (click here to view my photo album).

Before I forget, I should mention that when I initially wheeled my wheelchair over to the bus’ back door in preparation for boarding it, I noticed a bright green “Dis” luggage tag on the bottom of someone’s ECV. I exclaimed, “Look, the Dis!” and pointed at the luggage tag (click here for photo). As my chair was being raised upward on the hydraulic lift, I asked the person in the ECV if they posted on the Dis. I said that the Dis was my favorite website and I posted on the Resorts Board as “Janet2k.” As the bus driver was securing my wheelchair to the bus, a gentleman walked up to the bus’ back door and extended his hand into the bus. He held a bright green Dis keychain in it (click here for photo). If I heard him correctly, he said his name was WebmasterAlex and he was traveling with WebmasterJohn (or vice versa) and the keychain was for my daughter. It was a pleasure to have met someone so high up within the Dis organization, but I was sorry that I didn’t get the opportunity to ride the same bus with him and the rest of his party because it would have been nice to have chatted with them. Oh, well, at least I had a brush with celebrity that night, if only for a few seconds.

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Old 11-29-2003, 08:56 PM   #79
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Grand Floridian Day Six, Part 1…

Since we had attended the “999 Happy Haunts” event in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park the night before, we decided to sleep in a little bit today. We didn’t join my parents in the lounge until probably sometime after 9 AM.

Today was the day that my parents had slated for a visit to the town of Celebration. They have been teasing me for years that I really should move to Florida since I love it there so much. They’ve always told me that Celebration would be a good town to live in for a Disney lover such as myself. They actually took me on a tour of the town two years ago, but my husband was not with me at that time. Today was going to be his first taste of Celebration.

Click here to go to the official Celebration, Florida, website.

The town is very nice and the homes are beautiful. Of course, my husband loved everything that he saw. Alas, we both have jobs on the West Coast, so we had to stay grounded in our own reality, but it sure was fun to dream of the future for awhile.

Before we left Celebration, we wandered through the shopping district. It was warm outside and the sun was beating down on us. It wasn’t long before we heard the sound of ice cream cones calling our names. We found an ice cream parlor and everyone ordered a different flavor. With our ice cream eaten, it was time to head back to the Grand Floridian Resort.

Once we were back at the Grand Floridian, we grabbed some cups of ice water from the lounge and took them down to the pool with us. Then my Mom went to Gasparilla Grill to get us some food. I was in the mood for soup, believe it or not, so she came back with a yummy cup of chicken noodle for me. My husband and Dad had sandwiches, while my Mom had chili and my daughter had grilled cheese. With our late-lunch finished, it was time for a few hours of swimming.

Before I knew it, it was time for my husband and I to head back up to our room. The two of us were joining Nut4dzny and her husband for a Food & Wine Festival reserve dinner. We had never attended a reserve dinner before and we were really looking forward to it. So we kissed our daughter goodbye, told her to be good for her grandparents, and we left the three of them at the pool.
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Janet..... Thank you for continuing to post in such detail. I am thoroughly enjoying it and look forward to reading about the experience you teased us about earlier. I am also anxious to hear about how the staff at my "home" the BCV treated you! Keep it coming!
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Old 11-29-2003, 09:41 PM   #81
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So, I started reading your report just recently ...things sound like they are going great....I checked out your AK Safari photos...I have to ask...is everybody in the witness protection program...
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Old 11-30-2003, 04:46 AM   #82
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Terry S, my post below will complete another day at the Grand Floridian. Do you know what that means? Yep. I’m one more day closer to posting about the Beach Club Villas (hee hee).

Zurgswife, my guests are so drop-dead gorgeous that I had to blur their faces because they made me look like Plain Jane. (If you think I’m going to admit that they are all in the Witness Protection Program like you stated, you’ve got another thing coming. I value my life way too much, hee hee! ) By the way, happy (early) birthday! I hope you have another wonderful vacation at WDW.
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Grand Floridian Day Six, Part 2…

Several months ago, Nutz4dzny had purchased four tickets to an Epcot International Food & Wine Reserve Dinner and had asked my husband and me to be her guests. To put it mildly, I was over the moon with excitement regarding her wonderful invitation. I had never attended any Food & Wine function, let alone something as special as a reserve dinner. I had read about the special dinners on the Internet for the past year or two and thought that one day it would be fun to attend one, I just never expected to attend one so soon.

As my vacation approached, my excitement continued to grow regarding the “California’s Cool Climate Collectibles” reserve dinner that we were scheduled to attend with Nutz4dzny and her husband. My husband and I live on the West Coast and actually had toured some Northern California wineries years ago. I thought it was fitting that we were going to attend a reserve dinner that featured California wines.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with a reserve dinner, here is a description of it:
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Reserve Dinner:
This is an elegant six-course dinner with Disney and celebrity chefs. Features reserve wines presented by wineries that share their passion and knowledge throughout the dinner. Includes private viewing area for "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth." Jackets requested for men.

Time: 5:30-9:00pm
Location: Wonders of Life VIP Dining Room, Epcot

"California's Cool Climate Collectibles"
Winery/Wines: Acacia; Chalk Hill, MacMurray Ranch

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Nutz4dzny and her husband picked us up at the Grand Floridian Resort and drove us to Epcot. Our party needed to be at Guest Relations by 5:00 PM. As we approached the Guest Relations building, we saw that there was a table set up outside with a few Cast Members in attendance. Nutz4dzny gave them our names, and they told us to go inside the building and pour ourselves a cup of water while we waited for our escorts to arrive.

Once inside the air-conditioned building, we enjoyed a cup of water and relaxed. Initially there was only one other couple in the waiting room, but within five to ten minutes more guests had arrived. Soon Cast Members came into the building and began calling guests by name. They escorted those guests outside while our party remained inside. Eventually someone came for us and escorted us outside. We were led backstage where a car was waiting to take us to the dinner venue, the Wonders of Life pavilion’s VIP dining room.

We situated ourselves in the car while my husband placed my wheelchair in the trunk. As soon as everyone was ready, we were driven through the backstage area of Epcot for several minutes. I had never been backstage before so I found the car ride interesting (it was odd seeing the World Showcase countries from their backsides). Eventually we arrived at the Wonders of Life pavilion.

I would like to mention right now that the photos in my “Food And Wine Reserve Dinner (2003)” on-line photo album (click here) were all taken by Nutz4dzny. She was kind enough to allow me to post them in my photo album so that I could share them with you.

Speaking of photos, I wish I had a photo of the red carpet that was awaiting us upon our arrival at the Wonders of Life pavilion. This stretch of carpet was lined with potted trees and provided a very unique entrance to the reserve dinner. There were a few Cast Members standing there when we exited the car, and they welcomed us to the event. We moved down the carpet and into the Wonders of Life building. Once inside, we entered a circus-themed waiting room where I saw some of the guests who had left the Guest Relations building before we had. There was a small crowd of people in this waiting room and folks were chatting and generally having a nice time. We were soon offered a glass of water and told that we would be taken upstairs via elevator within the next several minutes.

After a few minutes, our group found its way to the elevator and we were taken upstairs. When the elevator doors opened on the upper-level, we found our way to a large room that had small groupings of tables set up inside of it. We seated ourselves and soon Cast Members were stopping by our table offering us wine and hors d'oeuvres. What we sampled was delicious both in food and in drink.

One of the walls in this room was lined with large picture windows that ran almost from the floor to the ceiling. These windows overlooked the inside of the Wonders of Life pavilion. Through the windows I could see below children and families enjoying themselves. They could not see me because the windows were tinted a dark color on the outside, thus impossible to view through from their direction (click here for photo).

Another side of the room was cordoned off by a red and white striped semicircular curtain that ran from floor to ceiling. I wondered what was behind that colorful curtain. Was that where we were going to dine this evening?

Cast Members continued to circulate throughout the room, offering the guests various selections of wine and hors d'oeuvres. Some of the hors d'oeuvres contained seafood so I had to be careful about what I selected. I made sure to question each Cast Member who offered me something. I did not want any accidental allergic reactions ruining this evening.

Eventually the red and white striped curtain was drawn back and revealed our dining area. It is hard to describe this area so I will point you at a picture of it instead: click here for photo. As you can see from that photo, the table where we dined was arranged in a circular pattern. There were 28 guests at the reserve dinner this evening and each guest sat on the outside of that circular, or ring-shaped, table. What you cannot see from that photo, however, is that there was a small circular table set up inside the larger table. That smaller table seated six people, and that is where the Disney Cast Member who was in charge of the reserve dinner (John Blazon) sat, as well as the representatives from the various wineries who were providing the wine for the dinner.

The table was decorated beautifully. There were lots of lit candles arranged around it. The main table cloth was a rich red color, and there were silver table runners placed vertically at every other place setting. It looked very dramatic, especially when played against the deep-blue covered chairs (click here for photo).

As to the individual place settings, they, too, were lovely. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen so many wine glasses before in my life (click here for photo).

With the curtain drawn back, the dinner guests walked over to the table. They found a place card sitting at every place setting. Eventually everyone found their assigned seat and sat down. Nutz4dzny whispered to me that she had counted 28 guests in attendance and she wanted me to confirm that number. Like her, I counted 28 guests. Neither of us had realized how limited the guest list was and we were in awe that she had been able to get four tickets to the event. She’s one lucky woman (and I’m fortunate to be her friend).

John Blazon from Epcot’s Food and Beverage Services welcomed everyone to the reserve dinner. He then went on to introduce the guests of honor who were seated at the small circular table with him. Amongst others, those guests included representatives from the Acacia, Chalk Hill, and MacMurray Ranch wineries.

After the introductions, dinner began. Here is the menu for the reserve dinner that we attended:

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“California’s Cool Climate”

Reception:

Charred Sugar Cane Shrimp Satay with Sherry Plumped Apricots
Hoisin Glazed Sea Scallop in a Wonton Basket
Cypress Grove Chevre and Cipollini Tarte Tatin
Chef: Craig Schleider, Disney-MGM Studios
Wine: MacMurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Gris 2002

Dinner:

Grilled Chicken, Foie Gras, and Portobello Mushroom Terrine With Spicy Onion Balsamic
Chef: Roland Muller, Coral Reef, Epcot
Wine: Chalk Hill EVS Chardonnay 1999

Pan Seared Long Island Duck, with Sanded Root Vegtables, Sweet Onion Tart, And Finished with Pinot Noir Reduction
Chef: Craig Schleider, Disney-MGM Studios
Wine: Acacia SVS Beckstoffer Pinot Noir 2001

Roasted Saddle of Rabbit, Creamy Corn Polenta, Taglias Olive Duck Sauce
Chef: Pascal Oudin, Pascal’s on Ponce
Wine: Chalk Hill Adele’s Vineyard Merlot 1998

Carmalized Fig and Maytag Blue Cheese with Candied Almonds and Aged Balsamic
Chef: Roland Muller, Coral Reef, Epcot
Wine: Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2001

Rice Pudding and Apple Pie
Chef: Steve Klc, Zaytina, Café Atlantico, Jaleo Restaurant
Chef: Colleen Apte, Pastry Arts.com
Wine: Acacia Late Harvest Chardonnay 2001

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As each course was served, a new wine was poured. The representative from the appropriate winery would stand up and describe a little bit about both the history of the winery and also about the wine that we were tasting. I must say that each of the representatives did a lovely job with their presentations. We were always thoroughly entertained by them. Some stories were light-hearted and other stories were a little more serious, but all stories were entertaining and I learned a little something from each of the speakers.

As the evening wore on, the food and wine flowed and it got to the point that I was becoming quite full. I eventually decided to pace myself and not feel guilty if I could not finish an entrée. If I stuck to my guns, this would mean that I would be able to at least taste every course that was served and sip every wine that was offered. It was tough, I must admit, but it was the only way that I would be able to enjoy a little bit of everything (too bad I hadn’t thought to do this when the evening first began).

I found each course more wonderful than the last. And after each course was served, the appropriate chef would appear before us to give a little speech about why he/she chose to serve what they did. It was obvious to me that between the chefs and the sommeliers, everything about tonight’s meal had been hand-selected. I felt fortunate to have been given the opportunity to attend the reserve dinner thanks to Nutz4dzny.

Soon it was time for dessert. We did not have one dessert this evening but two. Each one was delicious and it drove me crazy that I could not finish either. It seemed such a sin to not finish at least one of the desserts, but I took comfort in the fact that at least I got to savor a little bit of each. That knowledge helped me feel a little better as the reserve dinner came to an end.

Our host gave some closing remarks, and we were then told that if we wanted to watch Illuminations, there was a Cast Member near the elevator who would escort us to a private viewing location. Almost everyone decided to attend the Illuminations show. It was the perfect way to end the perfect meal.

When we finally made our way outside of the Wonders of Life pavilion, we found a warm evening awaiting us. My husband took off his dinner jacket and pushed my wheelchair as we followed the Cast Member to the Illuminations viewing area. I must say that the reserve dinner guests sure stood out like sore thumbs amongst the t-shirt and shorts crowd of theme park-goers (for the reserve dinner, all guests had to be appropriately dressed in nice evening attire – jackets and ties for the men, and dresses or pantsuits for the women).

After a several minute walk, we arrived at the private viewing area. This area was roped off and thus off-limits to the general public. It provided an excellent view of the Illuminations show. The show began shortly after we arrived and it was wonderful, as always. When it was over, we followed the Cast Member to a backstage area where vehicles were waiting to take us back to the Guest Relations building at the front of the theme park. We boarded our vehicle and soon we were back where the evening had begun.

We made our way to Nutz4dzny’s rental vehicle, and they drove my husband and me back to the Grand Floridian Resort. It was amazing how quickly the evening had passed. All of us truly had a once-in-a-lifetime dinner experience this evening. My husband and I thanked Nutz4dzny and her husband for the incredible evening. We finished our goodbyes and they headed off to the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and we headed inside the Grand Floridian Resort.

My parents were in our resort room with my daughter. They asked how our dinner had gone and we told them. Then we asked how their evening had gone and they told us. From what they said, my daughter had spent hours going down the swimming pool’s waterslide. My Dad could not believe the energy that she had; he said she was like the Energizer Bunny. We soon exchanged goodnight kisses and my parents left our room. It had been another action-packed day in Walt Disney World.

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Once again it sounds like you had a wonderful experience. You and Nutz4dzny both sound lucky to have found each other to share these wonderful experiences with.
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Janet, you did a great job of remembering details, but there are a few things I wanted to mention/correct. I have the advantage of traveling for 15 years with someone in a wheelchair, so I've experienced all the stuff more than once. I am truely amazed at how much detail you pack into each post (I picture you sitting with a tape recorder adding little comments to your file all the time).
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To get out of the Haunted Mansion, you normally take the moving sidewalk-type of ramp to the upper level, but with a wheelchair, that was impossible. The Cast Member pointed out where the elevator was and that was how my family got upstairs and out of the Haunted Mansion.
This is an accurate description of how you get out at Pirates. (I'm not surprised that you remembered it somewhere else, since you hurt your leg at Pirates). Anyway, for Pirates, you actually get on at close to ground level (there are some slight non-moving ramps during the queue). During the ride, you end up one floor below ground level. There is a moving ramp that goes upstairs from the exit or you can take an elevator if it's not possible to use the moving ramp.
For Haunted Mansion, you board and exit at the exit, which is at ground level, so there is no need for a moving ramp or elevator.
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If I would have been thinking, I would have transferred myself to a bus seat and collapsed my wheelchair for the ride, but due to the lateness of the night, this thought never crossed my mind until after the bus had pulled away from the curb.
We've beeen told by bus drivers that all wheelchairs will be strapped in and secured anyway, so they probably would not have let you fold the wheelchair.
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Tammydel, I can add a little more about boarding HM and Pirates.
For HM, they can stop or just slow the moving walkway (let them know if you need it to be stopped). When we board, we usually bring DD's wheelchair close to the ride car on the walkway. DH lifts her out and places her in the ride car. The CMs takes care of moving the wheelchair out of the way. Someone who is able to walk a bit, could park the wheelchair just outside of the walkway area and walk to/from the doom buggy. The handicapped car doesn't look any different than the regular HM cars; we've been told the doors open a little wider though. Anyway, it is a small step up, maybe 6 to 8 inches, similar to getting into a car. You board and exit at the exit (you do miss the stretching room and everything before the doom buggies).

Pirates (as Janet mentioned) is more of a challange. If you have folding wheelchair, you can use it during the wait in line. After getting on the ride, the CM will put the wheelchair on your boat behind you. The ride vehicle is a boat where you need to make 2 steps down. The first step is about 8 to 12 inches to the seat of the boat. Then you need to make another step down (about 12 inches) to get your feet into the foot area and your seat at the boat seat. The only handholds on the boat are behind each seat, not really much help in getting in and the rails on "shore" that Janet mentioned are basically to keep the passengers separated, not to help much with getting on. Here's a picture of the Pirates boat from Deb Will's site.
Deb Will's site has some pretty good pictures of the different ride cars that should help you in planning how to get on. The Guidebooks for Guest with Disabilities that Janet mentioned have information about which rides have wheelchair cars. The descriptions are somewhat helpful - especially if you have a picture so you can get a clearer idea.
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Janet & Sue,

Thank you both so much for the info. Sounds like HM will be fine, but sadly I think we will have to skip PotC with gram. I wouldn't want to spoil things with her getting hurt.

Janet, your reports are wonderful. I plan on saving them and using them as reference when planning special events!!!!

You have sparked my interest in GF and I still can't wait to here about BCV.

Thanks again,
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SueM in MN, thanks to your eagle-eyes, I just made a correction in my post at the top of this page. You are correct – at the Haunted Mansion, I rolled myself right out of the building, while at Pirates, I took an elevator upstairs.

(I am wondering if the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland has a moving sidewalk because for some reason I seem to remember being on one as I heard the Ghost Hostess beckon, “Hurry back… Hurry back…Be sure to bring your death certificate, if you decide to join us…” Then again, I am getting more forgetful as I age – too much stuff is cluttering up my memory banks. )
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...I picture you sitting with a tape recorder adding little comments to your file all the time...
Sue, if I would have known I was going to write up my trip report, I would have done as you suggested (what an excellent suggestion). Since I never intended to write up much of anything, I have to rely on my photos to jog my memory. For the most part, I took a couple photos each day, so it is fairly easy to view them and remember what we did (thank God for time-stamping!). There were a few days, however, when I didn't take any photos. Those days are tougher to remember (my memory isn't what it used to be). And there are those memories that I won't need a photograph to jog anything with -- those memories are etched into my mind for all of eternity. Like the kindness of certain Cast Members at both the Grand Floridian and the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Like the words that someone spoke to my daughter at the pool one day as he described me to her. Like the look on my parents' faces when they saw me in my wheelchair for the first time (a look of relief when they realized that even though I was immobile, no one could stop me from doing what I wanted to do). Like the wonderful times I spent with Nutz4dzny's, WeFullTime's, Minybear's, and Bonzie1's families. I could go on and on, but I think you catch my drift -- we all have incredible memories of vacationing in Walt Disney World.

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Old 11-30-2003, 04:50 PM   #90
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Wow, what a report! I can't believe I just found it today--where have I been!? I love the details, and all the special events you've put together. What magical memories you all must have!
btw, I remember staying at AKL the Christmas before last. Your "favorite cast member" (if I'm recalling that someone correctly) was thrilled because you had just stayed there shortly before. He went on and on about meeting up with you!
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