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Bringing Grandma & Grandpa to Disney World? Check Out These Tips First!

Bringing Grandma & Grandpa to Disney World? Check Out These Tips First! BoardWalk-DVC

Let’s face it, getting older is a fact of life and while we all hope to age gracefully, sometimes adjustments need to be considered when going on a somewhat active vacation to Walt Disney World.

It’s fun to think about visiting the theme parks with grandchildren but it’s also important to keep in mind that there is going to be a lot of walking involved along with other aspects that you may not be used to at home.

A bit of prior planning means that you won’t need to hang out in your hotel room while the rest of your family enjoys the theme parks.

Take a look at our tips below:

  1. Take the time to read the posted precautions for each of the attractions. There are some medical conditions that can be aggravated if you go on the ride. It’s important that you take the warnings seriously. 
  2. If you’re with a mixed age group, rather than sit on the bench waiting for the others to enjoy the thrill rides, schedule a backstage tour for yourself.
  3. Don’t forget your medication! If you do, call your doctor to see if it’s safe to go a few days without it. If not, have them call your prescription into a local pharmacy. The resort staff may be able to assist you in finding one that delivers or in recommending one that’s a short taxi ride away. 
  4. If your medication requires refrigeration, all Disney Resorts have a small cooler in the room. Be sure to check the temperature requirements for your medicine as the coolers are not as cold as a refrigerator.
  5. Keep an updated list of emergency contacts with you. If you need help, it will make it that much easier to get your medical history. If you carry a smartphone, be sure to have the emergency information filled out so Disney cast members can assist with contacting your family if it becomes necessary.
  6. Always carry your health insurance cards.
  7. If you’re traveling during the hotter times of the year, your age/health status can make you more vulnerable to problems. Take a look at our tips for dealing with the Florida heat.
  8. Renting a car? If you’re authorized for handicap parking, be sure to bring your placard with you.
  9. Walking, walking, and more walking. If you’re not used to it, you’ll feel the effects after a few hours in the parks. Think about renting a wheelchair. You may not typically use one at home, but it’s likely that you don’t do this much walking. There’s nothing wrong with getting the equipment that you need to enjoy your time at Walt Disney World. 
  10. If you do bring a wheelchair or ECV of your own, most of Disney’s transportation can easily accommodate them. If a bus arrives that is not equipped, the driver will contact transportation on your behalf. 
  11. All Disney Resorts have handicapped-accessible rooms. Be sure to request what you require before arriving at your resort. 
  12. Dietary restrictions are something many guests are faced with. The Chefs and cast members at Disney are excellent at accommodating your needs. Whether you are dining at a Quick Service or Table Service restaurant, simply advise a cast member of your dietary allergies or preferences prior to placing your order.
  13. First Aid Stations are located in each of the theme parks. There’s no reason to go all the way back to your resort if you have a problem that they can help you with.
  14. Disney vacations are not inexpensive, as we all know. You may want to consider purchasing trip insurance. If you have a pre-existing condition, do your homework to see if it’s covered.

Did we miss anything? Please feel free to add yours in the comments section below!

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