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.

Facts at a Glance About Rise of the Resistance: Park: Hollywood Studios Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Height Requirement: 40” (102cm) or taller. Genie+: No. Individual Lightning Lane: 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 problems,…

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At Disney World, Can you leave a ride or show before or once it’s begun? 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…

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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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Everything you need to know about Disney World’s MagicBand & MagicBand+ wrist bands By Katie Penn & Stephen Ashley In this article we’ll cover the following: What are MagicBands and what is MagicBand+? What do they do? Do I need a MagicBand? How do I get a MagicBand? Personalizing/Accessories for your MagicBand Can I have multiple bands? How do Magic Bands Work? How do I link my MagicBand to My Disney Experience account? And other questions answered… What is a MagicBand and a MagicBand+? ‘MagicBands’ are a form of wearable technology, designed by Walt Disney World to improve guest experiences.…

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What are the Disney World Skyliner gondola’s? This is the newest form of transportation to arrive at Disney World. Wikipedia says “A gondola lift is a means of cable transport and type of aerial lift which is supported and propelled by cables from above.”. Disney World guests can ride in small aerial Disney themed Skyliner cars that hang from cables. The Disney World Skyliner system is proving to be a big hit with Disney visitors! Demand has grown for hotels with access. The Disney World Skyliner system went active in the fall of 2019. As with all Disney World transportation…

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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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By Katie Penn Temporarily during COVID changes, guests must use mobile ordering in order to dine in any park counter service restaurant. You must also pick a time window in which to get your food. You will be given 30 minute intervals to pick from. Want less time waiting in lines at Disney World? Try mobile ordering! Mobile ordering is a tool that Disney has added to make your life easier. It allows you to skip the long lines at selected quick service locations by ordering food in advance, using the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device. It’s…

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By Sue Guindon First, we want to thank you for your service! Since 2009, Walt Disney World has offered significantly discounted theme park tickets and discounts at their resorts for eligible military members and their families. Prices and details have changed each year, but it is wonderful that Disney “salutes” those who serve, to help them experience the parks and resorts! There are other discounts as well, which we’ll cover here. This article includes info on:  Disney World Theme Park Ticket Discounts for Military Shades of Green Military Resort Discounts on all other Disney World Resorts Memory Maker Discounts for…

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Location: Adjacent to the Wide World of Sports Complex, near Caribbean Beach Resort, across from Pop Century Resort, and not far from Hollywood Studios. Address: 1850 Animation Way, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Phone: (407) 938-4000 Fax: (407) 938-4040. Parking fee: $15 per night. Check-in: 3 PM. Check-out: 11 AM. Resort Type: Value. This is the newest, and arguably the jewel in the crown of Disney value resorts. Open for business in 2012, it’s one of the two Disney resorts that have family suites in addition to some regular rooms. The other resort with family suites is Disney’s All-Star Music Resort. Naturally as…

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By Katie Penn & Stephen AshleyIt’s common sense that if you’re going to Disney frequently, an annual pass is a great idea. There are others who should really consider it as well. While the different levels of annual passes vary your access to the park, the perks last throughout the year.If you’re only going for only one trip or if you’re on the fence about needing an annual pass, consider these two good reasons for buying one:Annual passes get you discounts. Sometimes big!You can participate in things that are only for annual pass members.TIP: Only one person needs to buy…

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What is there for you to do with your young and/or small kids? Disney does not have minimum ages for kids to go on their rides, but they do have minimum heights for many rides. Still, there’s plenty for children to see and do at Disney World, even if they’re below the height requirements of some rides. We’ll list the rides and attractions with NO HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS that children can participate in. If you’re looking for height requirements check out Disney’s page with that info here.  In addition to what we list below, the Disney parks all have various forms…

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For those who can’t handle rough rides, physically challenging rides, or spinning rides, there’s still plenty to do at Disney World. Here are some options in all four of the Disney World parks that are considered more gentle and non-spinning. Meet and greets are not included, but of course all of those are considered gentle experiences. If we’ve left some rides off the lists below, that’s because there’s something about it that we think may be physically difficult for some people. For example, Tomrrowland Transit Authority (Peoplemover) looks gentle and most of the time it is, but the ride includes…

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Disney’s Pop Century Resort In-Depth Info for Everyone! Plus More for Those with Extra Challenges… Location: Adjacent to the Wide World of Sports Complex, next to Caribbean Beach Resort, across from Art of Animation, and not far from Hollywood Studios. Address: 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Phone: (407) 938-4000 Fax: (407) 938-4040. Parking fee: $15 per night. Check-in: 3 PM. Check-out: 11 AM. Resort Type: Value. Pop Century is one of the more popular Disney Value Resorts. Since this resort got the new Skyliner transportation, it’s become even more popular. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a price hike.…

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