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.

Written By Katie Penn (Header photo by Alexi Michelle Peres and Deron Shackleford) Post Covid Changes Update: The Disney Parks Blog announced that as early as April 18, they will start reintroducing traditional character greetings at Disney World. They said that “while not all locations will be available immediately, we anticipate reopening in phases throughout the spring and early summer.” So this process of restoring interactive character meet & greets could take a while. In the meantime, this article covers everything you’d need to know about characters at Disney World. Hopefully, everything will be restored fully, soon. This article will…

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Disney World has reopened, and we’ve got some answers to questions about the handling of special needs in the parks. Although things can change swiftly at Disney, here’s what’s happening now. Thank you to Autumn Barnes, Gordon LaGrow, Janey Schell, Grace Flanary, and many others in my Facebook group Walt Disney World Made Easy for Everyone for researching and generously sharing! Are masks required, even if there is a disability that makes it difficult to wear one? Anywhere and for as long as Disney is requiring them, then yes. No exemptions. Even if you’re wearing a face shield, a mask…

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With all the changes due to covid-19, you’ll need to make a decision on whether to go to Disney World or not. The following are Disney’s changes. After those, I’ll add my thoughts on who should consider going and who should consider canceling. Now here are Disney’s changes: Update added 1/11/22 – Masks not required outdoors for some time now. According to Disney guests no longer need face coverings when outdoors, but all indoor locations require face coverings. Here’s what Disney says: “Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination…

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We interviewed two professionals in the prosthetic health care field who are both amputees themselves, and we spoke with a cast member from the Services for Guests with Disabilities department at Disney. We’ll share their interviews, along with some additional suggestions for amputees. Interview 1 with Karen Hughes: Tips for Amputees & Prosthetics Users We spoke with Karen Hughes, a Patient Advocate for Prosthetic & Orthotic Associates in the Orlando area (www.poacfl.com). The company is a prosthetic repair resource for out of town visitors, and Karen a Disney fan herself. She had above the knee amputation at the age of 13,…

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Cover photo by Amanda J-c Location: Between the Animal Kingdom area and Hollywood Studios. Address: 1000 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL., 32830. Phone: (407) 939-1000 Fax: (407) 939-1001. Parking fee: $20 per night. Check-in: 3 PM. Check-out: 11 AM. Resort Type: Moderate. Overview of Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort This is Disney’s largest convention center resort, but families enjoy it as well. With 2,385 guest rooms, the resort is themed after Spanish-Colonial Mexico and the American Southwest. This resort is spread out around a beautiful 22-acre lake named Lago Dorado. The resort was named after Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, a Spanish explorer. He set…

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Disney World can still be fun when it rains. Here’s how you can maximize your rainy day visit. By Katie Penn (Cover photo by Sue Welsh Guindon) This article will look at: Rain in Florida – What to expect Rainy Days in the Parks and Disney Springs – How to have fun anyway Alternative Activities for rainy days Rain in Florida – What to expect when you’re visiting Disney World Probably the most asked question for anyone planning a trip to Walt Disney World is: What will the weather be like? First of all, the caveat for anything to do…

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By Sarah Ashley For decades I’ve used natural alternatives to deal with health issues, so it was natural for me to research when this Coronavirus thing came up. I’ve found some great info coming from various medical professionals, and thought I’d share this with our Disney readers. Keep in mind that what these doctors are suggesting comes with the caveat that there have been no formal tests on COVID-19. However from what I understand, these doctors are planning to use herbs and vitamins that have worked with viruses that have similar structural features and behaviors. This is all speculation and…

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All You Need to Know About Babysitting, Child Care, Mother’s Helpers & Senior Care at Disney World There are various options when it comes to hiring assistance while you’re at Disney World. Here is what’s available: Babysitting in-room Babysitting in a club format Parent-free Child adventure (Captain Hook’s Pirate Crew) Pet sitting Elder Care & Companionship Mother’s/Father’s Helpers Using Babysitting services during your visit to Disney World is an option. You may want to plan in advance to get some adult time in during your visit. For example, you can go out to dinner or enjoy the adult options in…

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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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Getting Lost & Separated in the Disney Parks & Disney Springs – What to do if it happens, and how to avoid it 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…

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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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Are you concerned that your child or someone in your party may be afraid of the live Disney World characters? 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…

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