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    I see on google that Disney Magic does disabled cruise packages, does anyone have any experience of this please?
     
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    I'm trying to do a search here but it won't let me.
     
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    What kind of package do you need?
     
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    Not sure about a cruise package but DCL do cater well for guests with disabilities. They even have a seperate entrance to Lumiere`s restaurant so you don`t have to negotiate the stairs at the regular entrance.
    We`ve always seen several folks with disabilities on our cruises.
     
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    I'd have to agree with Slowhand on this. Although it's never affected us personally, I've seen a number of physically challenged folks on our Disney Cruises. Disney always seems to have catered very well to them. :yes:

    Here's the link to the portion of the DCL FAQ about guests with disabilities.
    And here's the link to the specific section of the DCL website regarding Guests with Disabilities.

    Hope this helps!

    Tom :)macwave:... self appointed Assistant Cruise Director)
     
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    Well I have MS and my main concern is the swimming pools, I have tried to look at pictures of the pools because I really need a pool with steps going in to it and not just ladders. Ladders is a no no for me. Does anyone know if the pools have steps in please? It is reassuring to know there are disabled access to things on the ships. But I do love my swimming.
     
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    I know that there is a three or four step transfer tier going into the Quiet Cove pool (the adults only one). The best picture of the pool that I've found is attached. I think the "transfer tier" they're referring to is in the back but it doesn't actually get you down into the pool proper. Just the shallow area surrounding the actual pool itself. Access to the actual pool looks to be via ladders. However, that's only how it looks to me. I could be wrong. I'd suggest that you call DCL and ask them about it. They would be able to give you the definitive information. :yes:

    Please let us know what you find out. This is information that would probably be very useful to have for Secrets members in the future.

    Tom :)macwave:... I need to pay more attention to this stuff!)
     

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    I`ve just had a look at the lower link that catrancher posted above and this should answer your queries Esmeralda.
     
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    I got curious on this so I called DCL to check. According to them, what I said earlier regarding access to the deeper part of the Quiet Cove pool is correct. Ladders only. The surrounding shallow area can be reached via the steps on the transfer tier but the actual swimming area access is via the ladders only.

    Tom :)macwave:... I'll just sit at the Quiet Cove bar and watch. :bar:)
     
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    HMM quite surprised the ADA hasn't picked up on this one, unless the main pool is totally handicap accessible, then I guess it meets the guidelines.
     
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    Yes thank you for all the help. I don't want the humiliation of having to be lowered in, I like to keep myself as invisible as possible. I will have to ring them and ask nearer the time or not go altogether. But thank you for all the help here.
     
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    Any pictures of the sand wheelchairs please? I have never heard of those but I can imagine they are a great invention.
     
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    Sorry to be asking so many questions but I do hope to be able to give something back to this forum in the future. My apologies.
     
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    Here you go!
    Sand Wheelchairs.jpg
     
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    I also found this one while googling.

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    Tom :)macwave:... big wheels!)
     
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    That`s quite a traffic jam there Tom! :lol:
     
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    Indeed! Reminds me of trying to drive around this area that I live in! :mental:

    Tom :)macwave:... working from my home office today! :D)
     
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    Oh they are fabulous and fabulous pictures too. Thank you.
     
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    What a great idea!! Would be perfect for my DB, too bad they don't have them at more beaches! Would they be hard to push I wonder? I often wished for electric wheelchairs!
     
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    DB? I do know the regular wheelchairs are impossible to move on sand.
     

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