Bunky

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Hello!

My husband is taking me and the kids to Disney World for 14 days in December, I'm so excited about the trip, but also worried. I'm afraid I will let my husband down by getting sick or flaring up while we're there. And although he is very caring and helpful, this is HIS dream vacation, and I know he'll want to go go go. I've been trying to think of everything I can do to stay well, but I've never been on a trip this long before, much less to a theme park this long. We went to a local amusement park for one day this summer, and I was exhausted and sore for days afterward.

Any tips for staying healthy while travelling would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

Beth

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Hi Beth,

I've never posted on thos board before , but I am delurking to answer your question. My suggestion to you, is there is a certain kind of pass you can get, for a guest with a disability. When you go into a park, immediately go to the guest relations area, and they will issue this for you, for the lenght of your stay. I forget what the pass is called...I thing it is a guest assistance pass or something. I would bring medical documentation with you, but when we did this while vacationing with my autistic child, I just asked for the pass, and they didn't ask me for any documentation, even though I did have it with me.

When we used this pass, basically it enables you to enter the rides from the exiting location, and there is hardly any wait to get on the attractions. Also it is accomodating if you are in a wheelchair or whatever.

Depending when you are going in december, the parks will be packed and this pass will be invaluable to you. Lines can literally be 2 hours long during peak seasons. You only need to use this pass when you feel you need it.

I would recommend googling Disney guests with disabilities. There is a great unofficial website that has a message board on this topic, and I'm sure you will get lots of great suggestions.

Remember you will need a hat and lots of sunscreen. Have a magical Trip!!!

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Beth, don't change anything is the old motto. But, if you started now it would be walk, walk and walk. Build up the leg strength now. Don't wait until the week before. If you are going to have a bit of pain let it be this week and next week and not the week of your trip. Do a few leg stretches or lifts while standing at your kitchen counters. Do several pelvic /buttox toning things at a counter also. Get the soreness out now. Hopefully, if you just increase excersize a few minutes several times a day your body won't rebel. Don't change your eating habits that week either. If you think you will be tempted to, then do it now so that you will be ajusted to the changes by then. Always, have water by your side. That helps muscle and body fatigue. That is all I can think of at the moment. Have a fun trip. You will know you limits. You can always say hunny go on about 3 rides without me I will be sitting right here. Take a quick nap in place. Most of the rides aren't really bad. Some our quite relaxing. Enjoy! That's my 2 cents. Sheryl


Strength and Warmth,

Sheryl

 

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Hi Beth ,

 

I don't want this to sound cruel, but let your husband do the work. It's his dream vacation.....let him take the kids and go off to have fun. You can monitor yourself......on good days, you can go along. On bad days, turn it into YOUR dream vacation and stay in the hotel to sleep or take advantage of the hotel's spa, sauna, massagers, etc. PAMPER YOURSELF !!! Hey, you don't want to 'slow down' their excitement in the parks.

 

Take care, Everyone.

Margaret

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Hi Beth,

I just love Disney!!! It is so magical there. I have been twice, both times for a week. It is exhausting, I am not going to lie. You definately walk, a lot! You will be there for two weeks so you will have plenty of time to see everything and you don't have to cram it all in so quickly. Just about everyday we would get up and go, then in the afternoon go back to the hotel, take a swim, nap and recharge then have a late dinner and stay until the parks closed. Depending on when you are going the parks usually close around 10 but if it is the holiday week, it is open until midnight and sometimes after. Pace yourself. Make sure you don't over doit. This is definately easier said than done. I always push myself....I never want to let the kids down. You can always book a few hours at the spa to relax and recharge while the family is running around crazy and going on rides. :)

 

Have a great trip! I have a few photos posted from our trip, you can see them here, Disney


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How exciting that you're going to Disney World! A friend just came back and had had such a great time. You've received some great suggestions so I don't have much more to add other than a link to an article that we just posted in the newsroom.

 

Germ Warfare: Common Cold & Flu Culprits. It's cold and flu season again, and the most innocent of objects could be your greatest health threat. WebMD. 11/10/07.

 

It not only helps with travel issues, but just day to day survival. There's some good stuff there.

 

You're going to have a blast! Can't wait to hear about it all.

 

Big Hugs,


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Hi Beth, 14 days in Disney, wow, what a wonderful trip but it will be exhausting for even the healthiest of people. As the others have said there is a terrific amount of walking. We stayed at the Carribean and we found that just walking over to the food court was quite a hike. In the park you can rent scooters and if you have them you can go to the head of the line as well. It would be worth it so that you could enjoy the park even more. There are books on Disney that have hints for travelling with disabled or elderly people. You can usually rent them at your local library.

 

Also if you have Gerd and have your bed raised at home you have to think of that. I have taken my wedge on other trips (takes up alot of room in suitcase) but now I've bought some plastic cups that go under the feet at the head of the bed to raise it. They are lightweight also and will fit nicely in my suitcase. We are heading to Florida as well in December but to the Keys.

 

I know that my husband gets frustrated that I can't do what I used to do. He wants me to snorkel this time but I'm hesitant as I've been S.O.B and I'm afraid to get out in the water away from the boat and not be able to breathe. I feel like I'm letting him down.

Have a great time, there is so much for the children to do. They will have wondrful memories of this trip.

 

Take care,

Hugs, Piper

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Hi, Beth. You have received some excellent advice here and there is nothing I can really add. I especially like the advice that says take some time out for yourself. I am not a big fan of rides in the best of situations and I spent many days before I was ill watching husband and kids have all the fun. :)

 

ez62, so nice of you to delurk and give such excellent advice. Please feel welcome to join us more often and tell us a little about yourself.


Warm wishes,

Jefa

 

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Hi Beth~

 

I go to Disneyland several time's a year and yes they have the Guest Assistance pass. I use it everytime I go. Go right to guest services as soon as you enter the park. They can't by law ask you for any documentation of your disability. I alway bring it with me just in case. Just like EZ62 says you go in through the exit and you hardly have to wait at all. I would seriously look into the motorized scooter for your vacation. There will be a lot of walking and that will tire you out very quickly. You can make this a very positive trip for everyone if you use the tools to make it happen. holiday time is the BEST time of the year to go. It's amazing and your family is going to love it. Keep us posted as to how your trip went.

 

Have a fantastic time! :D


Take care and stay warm,

 

Michelle

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Wow!

Thanks for such fantastic advice! I have been walking everyday, but still probably not enough. I'm going to step it up tomorrow. I never considered the guest with disabilities pass, and since I'm ambulatory, I would have never thought to use it, but I am going to consider it now. We are fortunately going the first two weeks of December, so crowds are lower, but the standing still in line can be very painful. This is all worth looking into. Thank you all again.

Beth

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I'm not going to Disneyland, but I will be living vicariously through you, Bunky!

 

With all of the great suggestions and your implementation of them, I have no doubt you'll have a wonderful time, as will your family... of course!

(I especially love Margaret's suggestions for pampering yourself)!

 

Hugs, Susie


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