Friday, 30 September 2016

Top 5 Tips on Surviving Disney With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

As everyone knows, Disney World is an amazing, magical place.  But it's massive.  Like, really massive.  A combination of size, distance between attractions and wait times are a bit of a problem, especially for those who are unlucky enough to have CFS.  I am one of those people, so I have come up with my top 5 tips that helped me survive two weeks in the happiest place on earth.

  1. Utilise the Disability Access Service (DAS).  This was an absolute godsend to me this year.   Basically, after getting DAS added on to your Magic Band, you go to any attraction with a fast pass and ask a cast member for a return time.  The return time is usually the same as the standby line (essentially you're in a virtual que), which means you can either find another attraction to go on in the mean time, get something to eat, or have a sit down which is what I did.  You use it in conjunction with your Fast Pass but can only have one return time at a time.
  2.  Take plenty of rest breaks.  I can't walk long or far and am mostly in a lot of pain most of the time.  It really helped to take a seat somewhere frequently.  I recommend an indoor attraction like the Pixar Short Film Festival where you get to sit in air conditioning, but are still getting entertained.  There are also benches absolutely everywhere, so it would be rude not to try every one of them out!
  3. Have rest days (inside).  I struggled with this one, I was so scared of wasting my holiday by spending too much time at the hotel.  Thankfully I really only was suffering from fatigue and a manageable amount of pain while I was away, but a lie down inside helped a lot.
  4. Rent a wheelchair.  It was $12 per day (i think) and I gave in and rented one twice.  My poor mum was left to push me around those 2 days, but I wasn't as miserable and it meant we could still do a park without me feeling like I was wasting days.
  5. Go early in the morning, or later in the day.  Basically, avoid the hottest parts of the day.  The middle of the day is hotter (and potentially busier) than the mornings and evenings.  Heat always makes things worse for me, so I found avoiding the hottest times made it easier for me to get round the parks.
I hope this is helpful to at least one person.  Living with a disability is hard,  but I lived by these tips for 2 weeks and they made my life a lot easier.

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