Saturday, February 6, 2010

Walt Disney World when you need a little assistance!

OK~ Some of you know of my physical limitations and some of you don't!  Oh, how I wish I had none.  But, I have done my best to pull up my boot straps and move on with my life.  We have visited Disney twice since my back surgery.  I was left with a right foot drop and distance walking is something that I really, really struggle with.  A new experience for the whole family, that is for sure.  This pic was taken in March of 2007.

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?

2 comments:

  1. I find a Disney Day to be quite tiring even for an able bodied adult, I cannot fathom attempting it while in pain, using a cane.

    I'm really sad that so many people trampled you, if you think about it though, those people who are in such a rush probably didn't slow down enough to truly experience and see the magic that id Disney. You might have a disability Sara but thank goodness you are not among those who can see but who do not see.

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  2. Sorry you had such an unpleasant experience. I agree with geekbabe, a Disney Day takes a lot of stamina for even the able bodied adult. One time when we went with my parents, my mom wound up needing a wheelchair. Fortunately it wasn't during a really busy time so the crowds weren't too bad and it worked out okay.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    Also... thanks for stopping by and entering my Piggy Paint giveaway. Good luck!

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