Saturday, February 6, 2010
Walt Disney World when you need a little assistance!
I realize that many of my friends in the world of social networking will be embarking upon Walt Disney World next week. Therefore, I feel it is my responsibility to plant a little seed when it comes to getting around "The World." Moving around Walt Disney World with a person with disabilities is quite time consuming. People look at someone like me and think, "What can possibly be wrong with her?" She doesn't weigh 300 lbs and she bathes, therefore; most people assume- she should not be in that wheelchair.
We opted to stay at the Polynesian Resort, as we knew the accessibility to the attractions would be the best. Day # 1 we headed on down to board the monorail- I walked with my cane and by the time we got to the monorail, I was one tired woman, with a leg that had already swollen to the size of a balloon. Mind you, this is at 7:30 a.m. Some may ask, "Why even try a vacation like this?" Well, this was something that we had done as a family for the past 10 years and I wanted our lives to be as normal as possible. Having a Mom with some disabilities should not put the family life on hold!
The monorail train approached the station. We waited in line, with everyone else. What I did not realize was how rude people were going to be. I was walking with my cane -my pace- and was literally trampled. By the time the monorail doors closed, I was on a heap on the floor in the boarding area- my boys were standing above me and my husband was reaching down for my hand. The monorail went on it's merry way. My husband took me to the side and I cried, "I can't believe how rude people are. I would never, never push someone over that was walking with a cane. We should have never came here." My three boys calmed me down and we boarded the next train- different cars- as we all knew where to get off- Magic Kingdom.
When we got to the Magic Kingdom we rented a wheelchair- and the day got a little better. I still reflect on that day and think, "Why are people so rude?" My boys have a newfound respect for people that walk a little different, maybe walk with a cane, or even talk a little different.
So, if you are heading to Walt Disney World this month, take some time to help out a family with someone in a wheelchair or using a cane. You can make a difference! I know how it feels to be trampled by a bunch of crazy people trying to get to the most magical place on earth, it's not a good feeling at all. Our family still loves Disney, went back again in 2009, not quite as bad of an experience, but some not so pleasant situations. When you are a Mom of very active teenagers, you do the best that you can. and try to keep life as normal as possible! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?