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5 Tips for Planning a Disney Trip: Spoonie Edition

A Disney vacation is a dream vacation for a lot a people. If you have a chronic illness, it’s a trip that can either be really fun or completely miserable. The trick to having an enjoyable Disney vacation is in the planning. If you’re a spoonie, or anyone who needs extra pixie dust, I have five tips to help you with planning a Disney Trip.

#1. Pick the right time of year

This is a good tip for everyone, but if you’re a spoonie it’s that much more important. We’re more sensitive to heat and cold and temperature fluctuations can bring on a flare. If you’re going to Disney World, the Florida humidity will dictate when you have your trip. If you’re sensitive to crowds due to your mental health, picking a time of year that’s less busy will help make your trip more enjoyable.

#2. Pick the right Disney location

If you live in the U.S., your options are Walt Disney World in Florida, Disneyland in California, or a Disney Cruise. That’s a lot of options, but each one has different aspects we spoonies might need to keep in mind.

Disney World is roughly 40 miles. It’s important to note how much you’ll be rolling, walking, or using your mobility aid.  Disneyland is smaller at roughly .14 miles. A Disney Cruise has several decks and travels to different countries, which may or may not be a problem for your condition. Look at each Disney park option and make a decision that will work best for you.


#3. Make a rough daily plan

I say a rough daily plan because even though you may want to spend the day in Magic Kingdom, a flare might stop you, and you’ll have to alter your plans. Once you decide the time of year and the Disney location, look at each day of your trip and decide how you want to spend them. Make a note of one major thing you want to do each day. For example:

Day 1: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom

Day 2: Beauty and the Beast live in Hollywood Studios

If you do nothing else that day, you’re going to do that one thing. If you’re able to be more active, boost that amount to three things or, at the most, five major things. This way, you can prioritize where you want to go and what you want to do without feeling too overwhelmed.

#4 Get a Disability Access Service Card

When planning a Disney vacation, it’s important to get a DAS or Disability Access Service Card. What does it do? It helps limit the amount of time you’re stuck waiting in the queue. Right when you get to the park, get one from Guest Services. You’ll get a time for the ride you need when you can arrive without waiting. The best part? It can be used with FastPass+. DAS is invaluable to a spoonie, use it!

#5 Need something? Let Disney know!

If during your trip you need something, let a Cast Member know and they will do what they can to help you. The First Aid center in each part carries medications. If you have food allergies or a food intolerance, let a Cast Member know and the Chef will come to your table to ensure your meal is made properly and to your satisfaction. Disney is incredibly accommodating. All you have to do is ask.

Disney states that they are the most magical place on Earth, and this is true! Taking these steps will guarantee you’ll have a fantastic time during your trip.