Are you as obsessed with Disney ear headbands as I am? Some think that Minnie ear headbands are just to wear while visiting a Disney Park, but guess what? They are WRONG!!! Disney headbands can be worn anywhere and at anytime of year. For example, what disnerd wouldn’t be thrilled to wear a birthday headband out to dinner? Ear headbands are perfect for Disney bounding and showing everyone your love of Disney. I wear mine everywhere and have yet to have someone make a rude remark! In fact, my ear headbands make people smile and often prompts them to share their favorite Disney related memories. Join me in making the world a happier place by wearing your Minnie ears while out and be sure to tag me (The Disabled Diva) if you post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!
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Where service dogs are prohibited at Disneyland and Disney World
If you are planning a trip with your service dog to Disneyland or Disney World, you need to be aware that not all attractions permit a service animal. This is for the safety of both the service animal and other guests. Below is a list of attractions that do NOT allow service animals. Besides not going on the attraction, you have two other options. The first being that you utilize Disney’s Rider Switch service in which one person in your party stays behind with the service animal and then they ride after the rest of the party returns. The second option is to use the park provided crates located at the boarding area of the attractions that offer them.
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- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Disney California Adventure
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Jumpin’ Jellyfish
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Guardian’s of the Galaxy Mission Breakout
- Tuck and Roll’s Drive ’Em Buggies
Walt Disney World
Magic Kingdom Park
- Splash Mountain
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Barnstormer
- Space Mountain
- Mission: SPACE
- Test Track
- Sum of All Thrills
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
- Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
- Affection Section at Rafiki’s Planet Watch
- Kali River Rapids
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®
- Primeval Whirl
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Service Animals Permitted with Caution
Guests with service animals should check with a cast member for boarding information at the following attractions:
Magic Kingdom Park
·Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
·Stitch’s Great Escape
·Innoventions – Certain Attractions
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
·The Great Movie Ride
·Toy Story Mania!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park
·It’s Tough To Be A Bug!
·Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
·The aviary area of Maharajah Jungle Trek
Knowing what to expect before arriving will only make your visit more magical. Plan ahead and have fun!
How to survive a Disneyland or Disney World character meet and greet
Survive a character meet and greet? Aren’t those supposed to be fun? For most people, both adults and children, they are. It is a chance to meet their favorite characters, get autographs, interact, and have their pictures taken. But some of us (adults and children) have physical and/or cognitive issues that can easily cause our day to go from magical to maddening. Some may not like to be touched. Others may need to be the one to initiate physical contact. This can be problematic as most characters love to give hugs. And beware; if one hug could set off a meltdown or cause physical pain, there are some characters that don’t know when to stop hugging or squeezing. On a few occasions I have exited a meet and greet feeling like I had just been beaten up because the character was overly affectionate. There have been times when I chose to stand to meet a character only to come dangerously close to falling when a character has pulled me in for a hug.
However, there is a way to meet your favorite character without physical or emotional trauma. Before visiting the parks, think about how you or the person (adult or child) with the physical or cognitive sensitivities reacts to everyday greetings. Are they in constant physical pain? Do they initiate physical contact or are they okay with someone else being the initiator? Will they tolerate a quick hug but nothing more beyond that? Will a prolonged physical touch or a rough hug cause physical pain? When I am experiencing a high pain day, every touch no matter how light feels like a punch. I could feel bruised for hours or days from the gentlest of hugs. Do they have a weak immune system, could receiving a hug from a character that has already had thousands of other bodies pressed against it cause this person to become ill?
Next, write a list of what would make the meeting more magical. Keep it simple. No touching, handshake only, be gentle, one hug, etc… Depending on how many characters you or the guest with sensitivities is planning on meeting, you may want to print out the requests. This would also be beneficial if the person will be meeting characters with other party guests and not always you. Whether you print it out or not, make sure that everyone who could possibly accompany said person to a meet and greet is informed of the requests. When you arrive at the line for your chosen character, you will see that they always have a cast member with them. Some have several cast members in attendance. Be sure to inform the first one you see of your requests. They will then inform the character prior to your turn to meet the character.
By following this simple tip, you can avoid messy meltdowns and physical pain. Find out how to have a most magical Disney vacation by discovering what you should know about visiting the parks with a physical disability, chronic illness, special needs, a service dog, and more by reading my Disneyland attraction posts. Information about Disney World attractions will be coming soon as well as a tool to help handicapped guests in both parks. Visiting with a handicap of any kind can be daunting, but when you know what to expect in advance you have that much less to stress about.
It is no secret that I love Disneyland. Besides the magical memories made with family and friends, Disneyland provides me with physical and mental therapy. Because of this I never hesitate to suggest a Disneyland vacation to my friends that suffer from chronic pain. However, I am not as quick to suggest they go to Disney World. Before I list my reasons for why I feel Disneyland is a better fit for those who are chronically ill, I want to state that this isn’t a Disneyland is better than Disney World post. While I’m partial to the park that Walt built, I believe all the Disney Parks are wonderful in their own ways. Instead this post is to show the differences between the two parks and why Disneyland would always be my first choice, even if I didn’t live nearby.
- Proximity of hotels to the parks and ease of going between them. Disneyland sits on less land than Disney World. The Disneyland hotels are conveniently located off of Downtown Disney. Guests of the Disneyland hotels have direct access through the California Grand to California Adventure. The Monorail is also located near the hotel which allows guests to enter directly into Disneyland. Even without those options, it is only a five to ten (depending on crowds and walking speed), minute walk from a Disneyland hotel to the park gates. Guests staying at a Disney World hotel must take various modes of transportation to reach the parks. I read posts about it taking guests 30 to 60 minutes and some cases longer just to get from their hotel to any of the parks on a daily basis. If it took me that long to get from my hotel to the park gates, I would need to rest when I first entered the park instead of being ready to tackle some of my favorite fast rides that have shorter wait times in the morning. With Disneyland, their hotels aren’t the only ones within walking distance of the parks. There are 20+ hotels that are located closer to the park gates than any of the Disney World hotels are to their parks. Having more energy while in the park is the result of having less travel time between your hotel and the parks. Close proximity also removes the guilt of needing a nap. At Disney World, the additional travel required increases your time away from the parks. Instead of a one hour nap plus 5-10 minutes of travel time at Disneyland, travel time at Disney World could increase your time out of the parks by two hours! For guests that need assistance getting back to the hotel, this results in someone else in your party losing time as well.
- Do more in less time. While Disneyland is smaller in land measurement, it has more attractions than Disney World. Disneyland and Disney World have 20 shared attractions. Disney World has 26 unique attractions and Disneyland has 32. At Disney World these attractions are scattered throughout four different parks, while the attractions are dispersed throughout only two parks in Disneyland. More attractions per park equates to having to walk less between attractions. At Disneyland, there are few attractions that don’t have an entrance to another near its exit.
- Waste less time traveling in between parks. Because of the proximity of the two Disneyland Resort parks, you could spend your day alternating between the parks several times throughout your day. At Disney World, you will lose hours traveling from one park to another. It takes less than five minutes to exit the gates of Disneyland and to enter the gates of California Adventure.
- Stress less. People who suffer from chronic pain aren’t able to predict how they will be feeling one day to the next. We may have several good days in a row or only experience a few good hours a day. Guests who plan their vacation at Disney World begin stressing about their stay 6 months prior as this is when they are able to start making restaurant reservations. The only times a Disneyland guest needs to stress about making a reservation for food is if they are planning on visiting on a holiday or high peak period, and that is only if they really want to eat at a particular restaurant. Disneyland offers many walk up food service options along with food carts making it easy to eat well without making any reservations. This is not as easy at Disney World as most of their restaurants require reservations, and they must be made 3-6 months in advance. However, food is not the only thing Disney World guests stress about prior to their stay. Guests with a Disney World vacation package begin choosing their Fast Passes 60 days prior to their visit, and 30 days in advance for guests with a regular ticket or annual pass. At Disneyland there is no need to stress about securing a Fast Pass prior to your visit. The only ride at the Disneyland Resort that consistently runs out of Fast Passes early in the day is Radiator Racers in California Adventure. But that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to ride or that you will have to wait in line for 3 or more hours. Worst case scenario is to wait for 3 hours on a peak day or weekend, but during the week the average wait time is 1-2 hours. That wait can be shortened by utilizing the single rider line. By not having to stress about where and when I am going to be eating during my visit, I eliminate unnecessary stress. There is no way I could predict a time of day to eat for 10 consecutive days, let alone 5!
I have spoken with many guests that frequent Disney World when spending time at Disneyland. They agree with me that a person can spend 5 days at Disneyland and quench their Disney thirst. When asked what the equivalent would be at Disney World, they all replied with 10 days. As someone who suffers from Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, MS, and more, I can hardly withstand 5 consecutive days in Disneyland. There is no way I could power through 10 days at Disney World. I still hope to visit Disney World someday, however for this dream to come true I would want to stay for more than 10 days. A longer stay would allow for down days. Because of the difference in climate, I know that I would experience more pain in Florida than I do in Southern California. For me a trip to Disney World will most likely be a once in a lifetime event, but Disneyland will always be a part of my life no matter where I live. The climate in Southern California has always been better for me than anywhere else that I have lived, making vacations while dealing with my chronic conditions doable in the past.
It is my opinion that Disneyland is best for guests like me. Guests who, because of ever changing pain and energy levels, require less structure and more flexibility while on vacation.
Wishing you a day filled with gentle hugs and Pixie dust!
The Disabled Diva