As our regular followers are aware we are visiting my mother in law in Orlando. This week my husband was able to be here for a few days. He won’t be back until the day before we go to the beach. 😭😭 He will be missed but the girls and I have plans for some fun stuff and friend visits while here.
While Daddy was here, we decided to take the girls to Disney. My first two stops were reaching out to my online resources to make this as easy as possible. I sent a bunch of questions over to Amy , she is an amazing and sweet travel agent that has been cheering Tubie on from day 1, we haven’t been able to meet in person but she and her girls have a love for travel and Disney. Then I went over to Tips for Special Needs at Disney. On Tuesday evening, I went online and purchased tickets. At the same time I reserved a place for lunch and set up FastPass+ for us.
On Wednesday morning we headed over to Disney World. Tutu was giddy and Tubie was along for the ride. Our first stop was getting to the Monorail. Since we had Tubies stroller that can’t be broken down easy and we were fairly close to security and the Monorail, we just walked in. Security took awhile but once we were through, we were able to go straight to the Monorail where the Magic and ease of this day began. As soon as we were seen, we were routed to a car with accessible access. I had called and spoke to guest services before we got there so knew I had to stop by Guest Services. But the Cast Member at the Monorail said to skip the one outside the park and head to the Main Street Chamber of Commerce. And this was great advice as we had no line.
I went in there and Tubie was issued a Disability Access Card(DAS). Tubies disability’s are very obvious but if you or a family member have issues that are not visible, you may have to answer extra questions. We also received a tag for the stroller that allowed her stroller to be used as a wheelchair. This meant that we could use her stroller(and bonus issue somehow the brake on her stroller broke while getting into the park. Basically terrible time) while waiting in lines, in shows, to meet the princesses and during lunch. For any rides that Tubie needed transferred onto the ride, a cast member moved our stroller to where we would exit so it was always waiting for us.
The magic put forward for Tutu was amazing. The look on her face when she first saw Cinderella’s Castle was worth so much.
The first ride we used the DAS was The Magic Carpet’s of Aladdin. It was so simple. I went and told the Cast Member what we needed and they scanned Tubie’s card and gave us a wait time. In the meantime instead of waiting in the hot sun, we were able to sit in an area with air conditioning and Tutu was able to convince daddy she was not only hungry but the only food that would help was ice cream. 🤣 When our time came, we were able to walk through the FastPass+ entrance and were on the ride after it ran once.
We also used the DAS for the Jungle Ride and Haunted Mansion. What was great is when we asked for locations to keep Tubie cool in the meantime, they directed us to shows. So we were able to watch the Country Bear Jamboree and Mickey’s PhilharMagic(FYI this is a must see. We absolutely LOVED it). This meant not only were we able to cool Tubie down, it kept both girls happy.
We also went on “It’s a Small World!” but this ride has it’s own special access. It you are choosing to ride this ride, you go in the exit. This took us down a wheelchair ramp and when there were enough people waiting to fill an entire boat, we were all loaded onto one boat to ride. It was about a 10 minute wait and it was nice to chat with the sweet mama and little boy behind us.
We also were able to get a reservation for a character lunch. We got to eat lunch with Winnie the Pooh and friends!! This lunch was right up Tutu’s alley. She got to eat a few bites and then dance around a bit. 🤣 Because this was a trip for her birthday, they brought out a cupcake and card just for her.
Something to know about the DAS pass is that it only works on rides the person with special needs can ride. So if Tubie didn’t meet the height requirements, we had to wait in line but did have the option for the parent swap. The only ride her height was an issue was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. And since the only people who wanted to ride it were Tutu and me, it wasn’t really an issue. Grammy and Daddy hung out with Tubie so we could ride.
For the rest of the attractions we did we used FastPass+. The entire trip to Disney started with watching Pirates of the Caribbean. So we FastPass+ that and then met some princesses. We were able to bring Tubie’s stroller in for Enchanted Tales with Belle and to meet Tiana and Rapunzel. And in a terrible mom moment, I completely forgot to get any pictures with Rapunzel, the only princess Tutu requested 🤦🏻♀️ But they got amazing pictures done there and we will be ordering some for sure. If you are going to be there a few days, buy the PhotoPass. You will not regret it. Since we only saw a few princesses, I only plan to get one or two that Tutu asks for to remember her trip.
And because our luck is always awesome, we got stuck in a downpour and 🌪 warning! Unfortunately the girls and I were stuck in a very small gift shop. It was hot and miserable.
As you can imagine, Tubie only handles things for so long. So we were out of the park by 6:30. We were tired, burnt and everyone(adults included) were melting down. As a family we do better without being in big crowds. But overall we had an amazing day and everyone at Disney made sure it was a great and smooth trip.