Scroll to the end of this post for a list of all recaps.
The reason I began blogging about Disneyland was to help reduce the stress of visiting the park with a disability by explaining what guests need to know. I have a few reasons for how my recaps can help you when planning a Disneyland vacation or any vacation for that matter.
The first is to remove the notion that I must be having a relatively low pain day or am feeling well on the days I visit Disneyland. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While it is true that I will cancel a planned Disneyland day when I wake up with a pain level that is in my severe range, it doesn’t mean that I don’t reach that level during some point of my visit. Some days I hit my severe level after one ride. There are other days where I may go four or five hours before by body gives out. Then there are my favorite days in which my pain level doesn’t hit a severe level until the end of my visit or after I have left the park. By posting about my visits throughout the year, you will see that not one of my visits is the same and that it is my body that dictates what I can or can’t do.
Secondly. my hope is that by sharing what I do, how I do it, how my body reacts, and other issues that I encounter while in the park, your expectations of a future visit to Disneyland will be realistic. I am guilty of having unrealistic expectations for many of my past vacations since becoming chronically ill 16 years ago. Each one of those ended disastrously and left me frustrated and disappointed. By following my recaps you will have a better idea of what you will really be able to do. It took many years, but I finally accepted that vacations were no different than my everyday life. My expectations along with how I did things had to change. Another thing that I had to change was my attitude. Instead of being upset that I couldn’t visit Disneyland like I used to, I have learned to be thankful for being able to do what I can.
Lastly, it is my goal to prepare you for your future visit. There are issues that you need to be prepared for that are not addressed by Disneyland’s website. Some of these issues stem from new cast members who are not aware of Disneyland’s disabled guest policies and other guests in the park.
I look forward to sharing my day and experiences with you, along with answering any questions you may have. Note that I may not be able to answer all of your questions while in the park, but I will reply as soon as I am able. As always, you may submit a question through my website. With a week of each visit I will post a recap of that day. This way anyone who wasn’t able to follow along can see how the day went, and I have the opportunity to share thoughts that I didn’t have the patience to squeeze into 140 character posts.
To be clear, my live tweets are in no way to suggest that everyone who suffers from the conditions that I do (Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, MS, and abdominal adhesions to name a few)will be able to all that I do. I acknowledge that I push myself harder while at Disneyland than I do anywhere else. Only you can decide how much is too much for your body.
List of Recaps
July 30, 2016 A romantic adventure
August 14, 2016 A never before seen character and a Haunted Mansion breakdown.
August 21, 2016 Hyperspace marathon plus video that can help you determine if another attraction is suitable for guests who are sensitive to noise, darkness, and flashing lights.
August 28, 2016 An afternoon spent in California Adventure. See video of The Little Mermaid and discover a nifty tip about Toy Story Mania.
May your day be filled with gentle hugs and Pixie Dust!
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