Yay! Going to the parks someone on the next couple Weeks. My hubby is a disabled vet and has severe ptsd with anxiety and agrophobia. We've been taking little trips here and there to get him prepped for this. He feels he's about ready. does anyone think there's a possibility that if we go to city hall that they'll give us fast passes so he can enjoy the rides with us? And is there anywhere kind of secluded where he can take a break in case he needs it? Thanks in advance!
At City Hall you can ask for a Guest Assistance Card. It will allow him to use the wheelchair/fast pass/single rider line depending on his needs. They will ask a series of questions to determine which access would be the best for him. They don't need a doctors note because of HIPPA but they just want to make sure no one is abusing the GAC. I hope you enjoy your trip. Remember to stop and soak in the magic. :-) - Armenda
989.7 #89 11:29AM
Omgoodness this is such a relief because he was initially going to stay at the hotel.I didn't want him to do that and miss the looks on our kiddies faces. Omg i'm so happy that this will be on him. Thank you so much! - dolewhipper
7.5 #7886 11:35AM
OK, I'm giving up my favorite "Happy Places":
-Going from NOS to Critter Country, look to the right as you pass Splash Mountain, but before you get to the Hungry Bear. There's a little-used path, and even a table and chairs off to the right. Great for watching the river, and for watching people come off the Splash Mountain Drop.
-The Porch on the right side of Main Street, about 2/3 of the way down the street.
-The patio at Jolly Holiday Bakery, close to Coke Corner.
-Tomorrowland, right by the giant stone "ball". Or between that ball and Autopia is pretty quiet.
-The walkway from Fantasyland, past Big Thunder Ranch, on the way to BTMRR. If you stop by the pond where the train used to go through tht tunnel to Rivers of America, you can see fish jumping!
-The seating area for Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta is a shady oasis.
-We like to dine at Flo's in DCA, on the patio facing the Radiator Springs Racers.
-Finding a quiet spot in Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is easy.
-The walkway behind Grizzly River Run is hardly used.
-And, of course, the lobby of the Grand Californian. Very relaxing. - DizKahuna
134.5 #2526 12:36PM
Thanks that's a lot of awesome places to hide. That's Vertu kind of you to pass on your secret spots - dolewhipper 7.5 #7886 12:43PM
We also enjoy some down time in the garden area between its a small world and mattahorn.. its on the water, usually very quiet, and very peaceful! We hide out there and watch the ducks while the baby naps. Thanks to your husband for his service and sacrafices and thanks to u for being a military family, a seriously underrated and difficult job! - PlsDisneyMe
5.5 #9665 12:55PM
That's the truth! Its a full time job taking care of him and the 2 kiddies. He obviously can't work and it would be impossible for me to work as well. I honestly don't know how we made it before he recently started getting compensation. A lot of help and support from family was a blessing. - dolewhipper 7.5 #7886 1:20PM
Yes ask for a guest assitance card for his anxiety and PTSD. I have one also for my anxiety. - princessVanessa
382.5 #351 11:28AM
Did it help? I have severe anxiety/agoraphobia but want to be able to enjoy myself when I visit the parks. - BettyPoop 232.0 #1213 11:36AM
Yeah it helps but when it's super packed at the parks I get into a panic if I get lost in the crowds sometimes - princessVanessa 382.5 #351 11:37AM
There are a lot of hidden places with benches and chairs where there aren't a lot off people. You just gotta find them. - Mouse4life
1040.7 #82 11:31AM
Personally, I find the Blue Bayou restaurant the most relaxing environment in the park. Also, I believe they do have a quiet area in First Aid where you can relax. - radiator
282.7 #711 11:32AM
I'm not sure about the Fastpasses, but they may give him a "disabled" pass where you enter through the exit on many rides to get on, as well as use the Fastpass lines. My sister had a fairly bad ankle injury last time we were here and she was given a pass that allowed her to do so, along with up to 5 other people if I remember right?
A good, quiet place to get away is almost anywhere in or near Carnation Plaza. There's a private bathroom there with a lock also if he needs to completely isolate.
Hope this helps you and him! Enjoy your trip and thank him for his service! =) - Sassafras91
3.5 #16736 11:34AM
:( carnation plaza is being renovated right now, so it's closed off - MarshaMouse 2834.9 #15 11:38AM
(Charlie Brown voice) "Aaauuuggghhh!" =/ - Sassafras91 3.5 #16736 12:13PM
BIg thunder ranch and hopefully the Aladdin oasis is a quiet area with less people - MarshaMouse
2834.9 #15 11:37AM
This is also where the companion bathroom is now located. - MXPrincess399 482.1 #244 12:26PM
court of angels in NOS is a nice quiet place that's still outside, and rarely any people there. and extra bonus... its beautiful. have a great trip! - tuesday737
1076.5 #78 11:40AM
In addition to the GAC card, there's also a quiet area to be found in every "land" in the park. Up on the benches near the train station on Main St, Aladdin's Oasis in Adventureland, Golden Horseshoe or Mark Twain OR benches across from Thunder Mtn in Frontierland....etc etc....you guys will have a great time. :-) - LaneSparrow316
846.9 #107 11:41AM
Critter county has a quiet area with cute stream on the side. Court of Angels is quiet tranquil place in New Orleans square. - MarshaMouse 2834.9 #15 11:45AM
Yup! Love both of those! Also the old motor boat dock in Fantasyland is good for quiet time and duck watching. - LaneSparrow316 846.9 #107 1:00PM
My favorite place to take a quiet minute in DL is by the fountain in the courtyard in New Orleans Square. It's shady and cool and for the most part pretty calm. - rehull
199.2 #1641 11:42AM
All great advice! Definitely, go to City Hall and share this information with a CM. They'll certainly help you out. Enjoy the parks! - notw12
139.9 #2441 11:48AM
Some great advice has been given. I suggest getting there at opening and leaving midday for a break and then going back in the evening. During fireworks and fantasmic the crowds are usually heavy so just avoid those areas unless he feels comfortable enough to join in. Have a fabulous time!! - Linzee
515.4 #227 11:50AM
Thanks everyone for your responses. Couple more questions: what hotel is that next to that ihop or dennys I forget. Its right across fROM the park. And what are the rates like? And is it safe? Safety is a big thing for him. No safety is a dealbreaker. - dolewhipper
7.5 #7886 12:05PM
There is a Best Western on one side of the IHOP and The Park Vue Inn on the other side. Those are the two hotels closest to the cross walk. - VanDisney 342.0 #426 12:48PM
The Tropicana Inn and Suites is there but I am not sure if it's the one right beside or the one over. My mom and dad stayed there a couple weeks ago when we went and they loved it. As far as a quiet place one 'secret' place we found for our infant to have quiet time is in Toon Town behind Donald's boat. There's a place to sit behind the waterfall. Nice shaded and quiet - missyandpaul
255.7 #949 12:17PM
As a therapist I have to ask, has he been working on coping skills? Are you guys prepared for any relapses? DLR is very stimulating so I hope all goes well 😄 just have him be aware of his body and be aware of any changes in him. Hopefully he is aware of his triggers and how to cope with them. Have fun! - minnieMisty
214.9 #1418 12:18PM
Yes he has. We've been working on it for a while and we finnaly have his meds stabelized (spelling?). He feels he's ready. He also has a coach app on his phone and an action plan. Thank you for your concern, it's appreciated. - dolewhipper 7.5 #7886 12:31PM
I have a lot of anxiety myself and if there is anything I can do for you guys please let me know! - wendytink
311.4 #550 12:28PM
Another great place to relax is the lower level of Hungry Bear. If you walk as far back to the back as you can, you can get a few minutes of peace and quiet... so much sometimes that I think it feels like you aren't in the park for a few minutes. The ducks will sometimes come close to you looking for bread. Please tell your husband thank you for his service. I think it's awesome that he's wanting to go out and try to do this. - Photogirl7
198.0 #1654 12:38PM
I think it's great of him to try also. I just hope everything turns out ok. - dolewhipper
7.5 #7886 12:45PM
I totally agree with linzee. I do that anyways during the summer just to get a break from the heat and the crowds. It's nice to break away for a bit to go back to the room, take another shower, get in a nice nap and return in the evening energized and ready to go. After the fireworks, sometimes the crowd starts to thin out a bit. Not always... but sometimes. - Photogirl7
198.0 #1654 1:04PM
Watch out for the fireworks, loud noises (parades), Fantasmic, World of Color. They all have sent my friend who also has PTSD into relapse episodes. Also those are times and areas with a ton of people in a very close proximity. We bring ear plugs for him to filter the noise. He wears them at all times. Make sure the GAC says ok to use an alternate entrance. - MeridasHair
319.6 #520 2:05PM
Thanks again everyone for your wonderful tips. I would thank everyone individually, but like I said, I have 3 people that i'm taking care of plus my lazy parents that can't cook themselves anything or even clean up. Blaah! So thank you. - dolewhipper
7.5 #7886 6:00PM
Hang in there sweetie. Don't forget a few minutes to take care of yourself. (((hugs))) - PrincessDuckie 585.0 #187 6:05PM