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    My brother is going to meet me in Orlando for a few days in August. He uses a walker to get around and also has problems with side vision and has to have help by walking close by so he doesnít get dizzy.

    We are going to have one park day, probably animal kingdom, and he isnít going to get his ticket ahead so wonít get fast passes ahead of time. If he isnít in a wheelchair can he still go in the handicapped entrance to rides and shows so he doesnít have to use steps and hopefully wonít stand quite as long.

    He likes to walk because it keeps him in better shape and he feels better with a walker rather than a wheelchair.

    Is Magical Express able to take guests that canít get on the bus? I regular van would work for him but those busses probably wonít.


    Any suggestions appreciated.
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    The buses kneel down pretty good. I've seen most people get on board, even w/ issues. So if he can do a van, the kneeling buses should work. Plus, these are cut lower than most city buses. Even so, you can ask them to roll the ramp down (they usually use for scooters).

    Does he have one of those walkers w/ the built in seat?
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    He can get on the park buses fine. A little slower and will have to hold support. He can walk around at home without a walker so it isn’t that he can’t walk, he just uses the walker for balance. He uses a cane sometimes at home too. I am talking about to and from airport on the big buses.

    And I don’t believe his walker has one of those seats.
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    Disney has a limited number of Magical Express coaches with wheelchair lifts. He should note that he needs one of these when he makes his ME reservation. (I know that he is not in a wheelchair but it sounds like getting up and down the steps isn't feasible.)
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    I use the DAS and am no longer in a wheelchair. Rides that have stairs that I can't do take me through a different entrance such as on Splash Mountain I go through the exit which is just one long ramp.

    I totally get not wanting to be in a wheelchair. It is such an accomplishment to get out of one that you don't want to feel like you are going backwards.
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    Let him know that he'll have lots of company using walkers. Last time I was at WDW (last month), I was amazed at how many more people were using walkers rather than ECVs. It suggests to me that using a walker doesn't present any challenges to his enjoyment.

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