May 3, 2017

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Hollywood Studios!

Hello everyone, Happy Wednesday! Today we are continuing on in the Disney & Disabilities post series, and we are going through the attractions at Hollywood Studios and their disability requirements. It might be short and sweet, but I’ll be sharing which rides require guests to transfer from their wheelchair to ride, and which ones they can remain in the wheelchair.

Hollywood Studios is a little bit different than the other parks because of the number or shows, but it’s great in that way for people with disabilities! My sister loves entertainment, so it’s one of her favourite parks to hang out at. And she also loves the thrills! Okay, let’s get started!

What's Accessible at Hollywood Studios

Guests may remain in wheelchair

The Great Movie Ride

Muppet*Vision 3D

Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream

Toy Story Midway Mania*

Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage

All Character Meet & Greets

Disney Junior: Live on Stage

Fantasmic!

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-a-long Celebration

Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectaular (fireworks)

*guests in ECV must transfer to wheelchair, and ride in wheelchair

 

What's Accessible at Hollywood Studios

Guests are required to transfer

Rock’n’Rollecoaster Starring Aerosmith

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

What's Accessible at Hollywood Studios

If you watched the Disney Vlogs, you may have seen the vehicle used for wheelchairs on Toy Story Mania, and it’s still interactive! If you haven’t watched that vlog, you can find it here. We only spent a few hours at Hollywood Studios because of that state it’s in right now (aka all of the construction!), but we still had fun there!

I thought I would also note something that happened on our last trip when we went to see Fantasmic! While we were entering with the regular crowds, because we had a wheelchair with us we got to go to the accessible seating with the FastPass+ seating. Your mileage nay vary with this, and we weren’t expecting anything, but we definitely got a better view. I guess my advice is to walk closer to the inside of the path where you might be more visible 😉

 

Check out the other posts in the Disney & Disabilities series:

Disney & Disabilities: A GREAT Relationship

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Magic Kingdom

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Epcot

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Hollywood Studios (you’re here!)

These posts are short and sweet, but I hope they are helpful for those who need it! If you know someone who might benefit from these posts, share it with them! Also if there are any other disability-related posts you’d like to see here on A Disney Obsession, let me know in the comments!

As always thank you for reading!

Kelsey
March 22, 2017

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Magic Kingdom!

Hello friends! Since I shared my experience with my sister on our last trip, I thought I would go a little more in depth with accessibility at Walt Disney World. If I didn’t know as much about Disney as I do, I wish I could find a resource that gives me ALL of the information, so over the next few months that’s what I’m going to try and create. I want to lay out what is accessible at each park, and eventually create a landing page with links to each post. So welcome to the continuation of the Disney & Disabilities series on A Disney Obsession! I’ve also created an Accessibility blog post category, which can make these posts easier to find.

Today I’m going to start with accessibility at Magic Kingdom! I’ll lay out which rides guests can remain in their wheelchair, and which ones they are required to transfer. Also if you know someone who rents a scooter, I’m pointing out which attractions they are required to transfer to a wheelchair before riding. This post may be short, but I’m getting right to the point today! 🙂 Without further ado, let’s get started!

Accessibility at Disney

Guests May Remain in Wheelchair

Country Bear Jamboree

Jungle Cruise

Liberty Square Riverboat

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade

The Hall of Presidents

It’s a Small World

The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh*

Under the Sea: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure*

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin*

Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin*

Main Street Vehicles*

A Pirates Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Stitch’s Great Escape*

Enchanted Tales with Belle*

Walt Disney World Railroad* (all stations)

 

 

 

 

 

*guests in ECV (Electric Convenience Vehicle or scooter) must transfer to a wheelchair

 

Pinocchio Statue

Guests Are Required to Transfer

Astro Orbiter

The Barnstormer

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Space Mountain

Mad Tea PartyPirates of the Caribbean

Haunted Mansion

Prince Charming Regal Carousel

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Splash Mountain

Tomorrowland Speedway

Peter Pan’s Flight**

**due to the nature of the ride, cast members are required to ask you that in case of emergency, the person in the wheelchair can be lifted or would be able to climb down a ladder.
Splash Mountain

Guests Must be Ambulatory

Swiss Family Treehouse

Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Tom Sawyer Island

Castle view from a treehouse

Entertainment

All parades have accessible seating, so just show up early and you will be let into that area. For character meets and greets, guests can of course remain in their wheelchair or scooter. And lastly, for stage shows and fireworks, guests can remain in their wheelchair or scooter.

Fireworks

I hope you enjoyed this post, and enjoy learning more about the relationship between those with disabilities & Disney! If you know someone who might benefit from this post series, please help to spread the word! I appreciate it 🙂

Disney & Disabilities post Series

Disney & Disabilities: a GREAT relationship

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Magic Kingdom (you’re here!)

If there’s something you’d like to see added to this list, please let me know and I’ll add it in!

Thank you so much for reading!

 

Kelsey
March 1, 2017

A Guide to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Hello friends! Today I thought I would share a post and video all about my new favourite Walt Disney World resort! We stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in November (specifically the Villa’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort aka the Disney Vacation Club studios), and I fell head over heels for this resort. I’m going to take you through all of the restaurants and dinner shows available at the resort, so maybe you can fit something into your next trip! I’ll also let you know if the Disney Dining Plan is accepted. Okay, let’s get started!

How do I get there?

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is located on the monorail loop, and is located directly across Seven Seas Lagoon from Magic Kingdom. If you are staying at another Disney park, or just want to visit the resort, how do you get there?

The only resorts you can travel from and get directly to the Polynesian are Grand Floridian and The Contemporary, and you’ll get on the monorail to get there. From Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Disney Springs, you’ll hop on the Polynesian bus. From Epcot, you can take the monorail to the TTC (Ticket and Transportation Center) and either walk to the Poly, or transfer monorails. From Magic Kingdom, hop on the resort monorail, or the direct to TTC monorail, transfer to the resort monorail, or walk. If you have a reservation and a vehicle, you can park at the resort.

All of the restaurants are located in the Great Ceremonial House, with the exception of Spirit of Aloha. But don’t worry, the Great Ceremonial House is where you check in for the dinner show.

The restaurants

‘Ohana-  is open for breakfast and dinner. This is probably the most popular restaurant at the Polynesian, because it’s family friendly and offers a character breakfast. We went to ‘Ohana for dinner on our last trip, and really enjoyed it! It’s open for breakfast or dinner, and is all you care to enjoy family style. Plates of food are brought to your table, and you can request more of anything. At breakfast you can meet Mickey, Pluto, Lilo & Stitch, and you can enjoy your regular breakfast food, plus the very popular POG juice. I ate breakfast there in 2007, and all I can remember is Stitch trying to eat our table. For dinner, you can enjoy shrimp, chicken, pineapple bread and THE BREAD PUDDING. I miss that bread pudding. Normally I’m not a fan, but I am so glad I gave it a try. For the adults, try the Lapu Lapu! You can check out the menus here. ‘Ohana accepts the Disney Dining Plan for 1 Table Service Credit for either breakfast or dinner.

Tambu Lounge- This lounge is located right beside ‘Ohana. It’s not the quietest location (because it’s right next to ‘Ohana, but if you are waiting for a table you can grab a drink here. Here’s the menu! The Tambu Lounge does not accept the Disney Dining Plan.

Kona Café- Kona is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s very popular in the mornings for Tonga Toast (it comes with a sauce you can’t get at Capt Cook’s). The Kona coffee is also popular. We ate lunch there and everyone enjoyed their meal! Their sushi is also very good, and it is made fresh at the sushi bar near the entrance to the restaurant (Kona Island). You can check out the menus here. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted, and uses 1 Table Sevice Credit.

Kona Island- this is where you can grab some sushi and other food served at Kona in a quick service setting. You can find more information and the menu here. The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted at Kona Island.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto- If you are over 21, I’d definitely suggest trying to get in to Trader Sam’s! You can put your name in if there’s a wait (which there most likely will be because of it’s size). You can see the menu here. The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted.

Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace- We actually grabbed a drink here after we put our names in at Trader Sam’s and got a buzzer. The Spikey Pineapple (basically a dole whip with rum) is pure gold. I really like the atmosphere of this place, but it can’t match the fun of Trader Sam’s. Here’s the menu. The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted here.

Capt Cook’s- We grabbed something for breakfast every morning here, and my favourites were the Tonga Toast and Breakfast Burrito! It’s where you can fill up your rapid refill mugs if you are staying at the Polynesian, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menus can be found here. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted, as a quick service credit. You can also use snack credits here.

Oasis Bar- On our last day we spent some time hanging around the pool and cashing in our last quick service meals. We were shocked with how expansive the menu was for being beside a pool! You have to be staying at the Polynesian to get into the pool (by using your magicband), but if you are it’s a nice place to relax! This is considered the quiet pool (the Lava Pool is the main pool). Here’s the menu. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted here, as a Quick Service credit.

Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show- Spirit of Aloha is one of two dinner shows at Walt Disney World. I did this on my first trip to Walt Disney World, but I was 5 and don’t remember it. My parents do have on video me going up on stage with other kids to do the hula, and me wandering around after because I couldn’t find my parents. But my sister thought it was hilarious, and I found them eventually, so it’s all good. Back to the dinner show. Here’s the menu and a little bit more information. The Disney Dining Plan is accepted, but this show uses 2 table service credits.

Pineapple Lanai- It’s the only place outside of Magic Kingdom you can get a Dole Whip! The menu mostly consists of the Dole Whips and variations, but you can find that here. Pineapple Lanai accepts the Disney Dining Plan, as snack credits.

Barefoot Pool Bar- is just that, a bar by the pool! It’s by the main Lava Pool, and you can see the menu here. The Disney Dining Plan is not accepted.

If you’d like to hear a little more about the Polynesian, check out the video below!

As you can probably tell, I absolutely LOVE the Polynesian. I’m so happy it’s our home resort for DVC. If you think you might want to make a dining reservation for your next trip, this post guides you through everything! What’s your favourite thing about it? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thank you for reading!

Kelsey