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
February 1, 2017

Tips for Large Groups at Walt Disney World!

Hello everyone! As you may know, on my last trip to Disney World there were a lot of us, 9 in total. This post has been a long time coming because I learned so much on our trip! Today I’m sharing five tips for traveling to Walt Disney World in large groups!

a quick refresher

I thought I would quickly refresh your memory with our group. There was me and Ethan, my parents, my sister, her worker, Ethan’s parents, and Ethan’s brother. Plus for two days we were joined by my friend Hayley! Of the orginal 9, 4 people had never been to Walt Disney World before. We stayed at the Polynesian in 4 different rooms in the DVC studios.

1. Someone needs to be the planner

You may probably already know that in our case, I was the planner. I made most of the decisions, made all the dining reservations and fastpass+ reservations. I had planned where we would be on what day, and some general things we were going to do. I definitely took input when it came to making reservations, but it was really easy for one person to be in charge of it all, and I had no problem with that. Planning is fun for me! It helps to get me excited, and you probably know how excited I was for this trip 🙂

2. Set expectations for the group (the plan)

I always made a point to let everyone know the general plan, even if it meant saying the same thing to everyone. Our group was fairly easy-going, and this way everyone knew what to expect. Our schedule wasn’t set in stone, but we did have things that we wanted to do, Fastpass+ reservations already, and made plans for some come back times with the pass for my sister. When you are travelling in a large group (and just going to Disney in general) it’s impossible to do everything. Even more so in a large group. I went in knowing that we couldn’t do it all, so when it took a while to get around, I wasn’t disappointed.

3. it’s ok to split up

This is probably the most important thing! It’s really hard to walk around a busy park in a large group. A lot of times we would walk a little, stop, wait for everyone to catch up, then keep walking. As you can imagine, it took us a while to get anywhere. Because we were with people who didn’t know their way around, we didn’t split up until later in the trip. But once we did, it was nice! We waited until the end of the week to do so, and this way everyone had been to the parks already and knew their way around enough to split up.

4. have a method of communication

This was especially important for us because we are in Canada, so we don’t want our phones to be roaming while we were in the parks. This meant relying on Disney’s wifi which could be spotty, but it worked for us. We made sure we could chat through iMessage, Facebook messenger, and could get a hold of everyone somehow.

 

5. pick meeting times all the time!

Every single time we split up, (even at night) we picked a meeting time. This way everyone knew how much time thy would have and could work accordingly. In the mornings we always met in the same spot, but we generally saw each other around the resort before we headed to the park. Some people in our group took a little longer than others to get ready, so they knew when they had to be ready. Through the week when we eventually split up, we would pick a spot where everyone knew, and met at a certain time there.

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

I definitely learned a ton travelling with so many people, so I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these tips! If you have ever traveled with a large group, what advice would you give? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey