Author: Stephen

I'm Stephen Ashley. My wife and I are huge fans of Disney World. I'm the author of Walt Disney World With Disabilities. I also wrote a book called Walt Disney World Made Easy for Everyone, but rather than have it published, at this point we've decided to place all the material from the manuscript on this website so everyone can have access to it! I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it makes your day just a little bit brighter and easier.

For those dealing with back, neck or body pain such as with fibromyalgia, you’re mission, should you decide to accept it, is to have a fantastic time at Disney without making your pain or condition worse. We’ll share ideas that may help you accomplish this mission! We’ll cover a variety of commonly asked questions, and we’ll share some strategies. Some things we’ll cover include: Can I skip lines? Renting a scooter or wheelchair Are rollators allowed? Are there enough gentle rides to keep me busy? How to know if a ride is okay for my condition? Can I sit down…

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At Disney, you’re going to be around thousands of people from all over the world. While it’s not possible to avoid germs completely, there are some things you can do to minimize exposure, and to keep your immune system as strong as possible. This is true even if you’re generally healthy. For those who are starting off with an impaired immune system, it’s even more important to take precautions. Depending upon how you approach your trip, being at Disney can actually support your immune system or tax it. Relaxation and joy are known to help support the body. Overdoing it…

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Between the crowds roaming the parks, entering and exiting attractions amidst throngs of people, and all of the exciting things that will draw your attention, it’s possible to get separated at Disney World. Here are some safety strategies to take, and info on what to do if you do become separated. First, it’s important to know that Disney actually has a “Lost Child department”. They should help you find a child of any age, including those who are physically adult age, but developmentally a child. They have procedures in place to make things happen quickly. We’ve only heard of happy…

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In Part 1 of Managing Fear, Anxiety and Phobias at Disney World, we discussed various strategies for dealing with anxiety, fear and phobias. Here in Part 2 we’ll discuss some strategies for managing with specific phobias. Managing With Specific Phobias at Disney World 1 .Managing with a fear of crowds at Disney World If you have fear of crowds, we strongly suggest that you time your trip to coincide with the least crowded periods at Disney. Check out this article here called How to Pick Your Disney World Travel Dates. Also time your daily park visits so that you’re going…

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Visiting a place as unusual as Disney World for the first time can be anxiety provoking, even for those without fear issues. If you or someone in your travel party has anxiety, fear and/or phobias, it can feel overwhelming. How it’s handled can make or break your trip. The great news is that with a little preparation, it’s often possible to dramatically reduce your fear level, or even to eliminate it all together. And if it’s not removed, it can often be handled in a way that minimizes it. In this article we’ll discuss some possible strategies including those for…

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By Katie Penn There are many reasons to travel to Disney World on your own. For some, it’s their preference. For others, they don’t have anyone who would choose to go with them. Either way, with a little preparation you can have a wonderful time visiting Disney solo. If you haven’t read Part 1 of this series, check it out here. Travelling Solo to Disney World – Part 1 – Safety while visiting Disney World In Part 2 we’ll cover what you need to know to make a choice about traveling solo, including the following: Is it Fun to visit…

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Throughout the parks, in some dining locations, and even in some unexpected locations throughout Disney World, Disney has character appearances. For many people, the characters are a delight. Just check out this baby to the right! Yet for some people the Disney characters may pose a challenge. They’re afraid of these characters. We’ll give you some tips for managing with this issue. Fear of characters in the Disney World parks: In the parks, character appearances are usually in pre-set locations where guests can line up and visit with the character. Some are completely covered in character suits such as goofy…

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Facts at a Glance About Rise of the Resistance: Park: Hollywood Studios Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Height Requirement: 40” (102cm) or taller Fastpass: Not yet. Single Rider Queue: Yes.  Quick Notes: Guests become recruits of the Star Wars Resistance as they battle the First Order and Kylo Ren. There are multiple parts to this attraction including a simulation portion. Much of it is walked through, with one portion on a ride car.  Disney Warnings: Thrill ride, small drops, dark, loud. WARNING! WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck…

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Plus how to use ride test vehicles before choosing to get on a ride. Have you wondered if you can: Decide to leave a ride once you’ve gotten in the queue Refuse to get on a ride car once it’s your turn to board Get off a ride once you’ve gotten on it Get off a ride once it’s started Try out a ride vehicle before going on it We’ll talk all about your options here. Let’s start with the basics! Can you leave a ride or show before it starts? It’s possible to experience an attraction’s queue and pre-show,…

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In Part 2 of this series we’ll give you tips from a different perspective. They’ll be coming from an adult with autism, who also has a teen son with autism. Ann Ashenfelder Littell has been visiting Disneyland for over 40 years, and has been to Disney World several times as well. She’s a huge fan. She read our first article on autism which included an interview with Donna Lorman, called: Managing with Autism at Disney World Part 1 – Interview With President of the Autism Society of Greater Orlando. Ann felt that the article was coming from the perspective of…

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By Katie Penn & Stephen Ashley In this article we’ll cover the following: What are Magic Bands? What do they do? Do I need a Magic Band? How do I get a Magic Band? Personalizing/Accessories for your Magic Band Can I have multiple bands? How do Magic Bands Work? How do I link my Magic Band to My Disney Experience account? And other questions answered… What are Magic Bands? ‘Magic Bands’ are a form of wearable technology, designed by Walt Disney World to improve guest experiences. They fasten around the wrist, and they’re waterproof, so you can even swim with…

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The newest form of transportation to arrive at Disney World is the Skyliner, which went active in the fall of 2019. As with all Disney World transportation on-property, it’s free for everyone. We’ll go over everything you need to know! Including info for those with strollers, and those with special needs such as mobility challenges, scooter and in wheelchair use, claustrophobia, fear of heights and motion sickness. Be aware that there are some challenges with the system, and some people might want to pass on using the Skyliner, so you’ll want to read through to the end. The Disney themed…

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If you’re dealing with epilepsy, there’s a lot you can do to ensure you have a great time at Disney World. First a reminder to consult your doctor before going to Disney World to see if he or she can provide any information on how to avoid a seizure with your particular condition. Here are some thoughts and suggestions for you. We spoke with Kay Taylor, a Nurse Practitioner and the Director of Clinical Services in the Pediatric Neurology, Epilepsy Center of Central Florida (www.pediatricneurologypa.com). We’ll share her suggestions as well as some others in this article. Kay had some…

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By Katie Penn & Stephen Ashley Have you thought about visiting Disney World by yourself? More and more often people are finding they have the opportunity to visit by themselves. So what is it like travelling solo? In part 1 of this article we’ll cover: Is it safe to visit Disney World solo? Tips for staying as safe as possible while visiting Disney World In part 2 we’ll cover the following: Is it Fun to visit Disney World solo? What should you expect when you visit Disney on your own? Should you go to Disney World solo? Advantages and disadvantages…

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By Melissa Fraga Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (also called MVMCP) is a special ticketed event offered by Disney each year at Magic Kingdom in Disney World. It usually happens around most of November and December. When it comes to the Christmas season, what better way is there to celebrate than by enjoying a full-blown party with Mickey and his friends? The festival is great for kid and adults as well! Whether you’re looking for an adventure, or enjoying the treats and sights, this party is perfect for the whole family. Let’s dive right into the amazing details of this…

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