Personally, I am deaf in one ear, suffer from sciatic nerve pain off and on, severe panic attacks on occasion (can easily be brought on by large, crushing crowds), my eyes sometimes shut down when things get too intensely bright and my left knee can lock on me if I stand in one spot for too long.
None of that stops me from skiing, playing full contact hockey or running after a bus I just missed........but if everyone and his brother (and sister, and aunt, and 9 cousins) is going to use minor ailments to game the system one is left with the choice of either waiting in standby lines that simply don't move anymore or joining the ranks of the self-described disabled :(
I am very happy Disney finally did something about this and can't see why anyone who is truly disabled would by too unhappy about it since their access should actually improve without all the competition with the so-so disabled (and outright cheats).
I sprained my right ankle quite severly and fractured my right foot in August, when I missed the bottom step in my stairwell at home. My ankle sprain has healed for the most part, but I still cannot run on it. However, the fracture is giving me problems, I'm not sure if the bones healed wrong or what exactly is wrong as my doctor did not put me in a cast. But, if I put too much weight on my right foot, or lean to the right, there's a sharp pain and my foot won't hold my weight and I'll trip or fall. I also have a torn meniscus in my left knee when I fell while hiking that I've been dealing with for more than 10 years now. The knee can lock up if I sit too long with my leg in one position or buckle/give out suddenly without warning simply by walking or putting all my weight on it (like when it raising yourself out of some of the ride seats. Space Mountain is the worst!)
I have a Disneyland trip coming up here for the second week of December, and in all likelyhood I could get a disability pass for all my injuries. However, I refuse to do so because it's something I can manage and deal with since I know what I can and cannot do. If worse comes to worse I will either wear a foot brace or knee brace like I've always done on my trips. I'm glad Disney finally did something about the abuse.
These injuries take years to heal. Be gentle with yourself. Obviously the braces, but there's no shame in using a wheelchair or ETV at this time with these injuries, or even a DAS pass that lets you get off the concrete. Pushing through an injury increases the chances that it will take longer to heal...
It's about mixing up the options to make your DLR trip as physically comfortable as possible, and taking good care of yourself. Would love to hear how it works for you.
I wore an ankle brace & took my sweet time ambling about. I just made sure I walked far to the side of sidewalks & motioned people past me going up & down stairs (stairs are my biggest problem) so I didn't impede traffic. CMs seemed to notice the brace & gave me that little bit of extra time I needed getting in & out of ride vehicles. On SM I guess I took a wee bit too long loading on my first trip & we were pulled to the side, which was majorly embarrassing! Disembarking wasn't a problem. I seriously think the biggest help was taking a dose of pain meds (even if I wasn't in a lot of pain) and elevating & icing my ankle down every night when we got back to the Grand. I woke up pain and swelling free, ready for another day. Plan to follow the same plan next February during '2 Crazy Girls do Disneyland, Part Deux'. However, that being said, I always tried to keep an open mind as far as the potential need of getting a GAC or mobility vehicle rather than having my trip spoiled by not being able to do everything I wanted or having to drastically shorten my days. Luckily, I managed just fine. I'm sure you will too!
So in July I started my 6 days in Disneyland able bodied and by day two was in a wheel chair b/c i got nailed right in the knee with a tram door by some kid anyhoo so after going to the doctors b/c i couldnt put weight on it all and xrays he saw a hair line fracture in my femur and a really bad contusion that caused my knee to swell up like a softball. I wasnt going to cancel my trip. Disney was EXTREMELY nice and comped me a wheel chair and even the nurses would text me when it was time to ice my knee again. But i was confined to a wheel chair for the last 3 days which for people who are in a wheel chair i dont know how you do it! I got stuck in the tracks and flipped over, I got my glasses knocked off a few times by back packs. but we did have to get the DAC card for Disneyland and had to use it a few times in Cars Land but i had absolutely no problem with waiting in the fast pass line. There were people there though who were demanding to be put at the front of the line, especially on space mountain and Indiana Jones.
There were definetly people taking advantage of the DAC card and even then cast members were as patient as could be. I think the new way is much more controlled and will help make sure people still get on all the rides you basically get Two fast passes at a time now!
I'm quite the klutz, I've injured myself more than a dozen different times, all in varying degrees of severity lol...
Thank you! :)
This trip won't really be much different than any of my other trips, it's just the running from place the place that I'll not be able to do. And that's kind of a bummer, but it is what is it and the people I'm going with understand that. I don't limp or walk slowly and I can do stairs and everything. Nobody would know anything is "wrong" with me and that's why I feel I'd be judged with a GAC and I just don't think my injuries are severe enough to need one.
I definitely think I'm going to take a page from your book though and ice and elevate my knee when we get back to the hotel room for the night. Not sure what to do about my foot though since it's a bone thing, and not muscle or tendons. Is there anything for bone pain? I'm more concerned about my foot than my knee or ankle.
I know what you mean about friends helping you in & out of ride vehicles. I really like the ones where you enter from one side & exit from the other. They get in first & can give me a steadying hand entering AND exiting. Otherwise it's a steadying hand-hold entering and a hand on the rump for balance exiting LOL LOL.
Sounds to me like Disneyland fans have bad knees.
(as I do too)
Oh well, I'll just stick to the ibuprofen, icing, elevating and taking frequent breaks like we already tend to do. The rides that are the worse for me to get in/out of is Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Guess you can add RSR to that as well, as they all have you step up/down to get in/out of the ride vehicle. Haunted Mansion isn't so bad, it's just that I'm sometimes worried that my left knee will buckle will I step out of the car, but it hasn't happend yet *knock on wood* lol!
I went yestorday to dca I rode almost every ride in not that much time if u olan ur day right u can still do the park like u were able to before. I only got a return time for rsr and screaming.