*Stay tuned for a very important public service announcement at the end of this post.
The family and I are headed to Disneyland for the Social Media Moms Conference this weekend. I know, I know, you’re wondering what sort of cool contraption I’ll be riding in to show off my sexiness, well…NOT the scooters you can rent at the gates at Disneyland. While they work wonderfully in the park, I needed more. I crave more. I MUST HAVE MORE MORE MORE! (cue evil Malificent theme)
I actually contacted an outside company to rent my scooter because it’s first come, first serve at the gates. AND if you want it for Downtown Disney or in your hotel, you need your own. There is no bringing a rented Disney chair outside of the gated security area. That being said, you can arrange a temporary wheelchair to take you from you hotel to the gated area where you can pick up the real deal. But rather than deal with all that hassle, I’m just having an outside company deliver the chair to our hotel, and then pick it up the day we leave. Snazzy, don’t you think? Just google for rental scooters, power chairs, or wheelchairs at Disneyland and you’ll have a ton of options.
Originally I went with a Jazzy power chair, the type where you basically just use a joystick to move yourself around. It seemed easier than the scooter with the basket on front and the very real possibly I will be clipping peoples heels in the crowd. I’m a bit worried my butt will be sore from sitting all day. I try and move a bit when I can. I’m a bit worried it will be cumbersome in the giftshops, which is the Vest family favorite activity at Disney. But the power chair I wanted suddenly became ‘unavailable’ yesterday after a malfunction. I thought about trying another company, but the company renting me the scooter insisted I would really like the headlight. Yes, the headlight. Because a headlight in a lighted park makes so much sense….but I digress.
I’ll have the kids to myself for dinner and what not Thursday night at the park, so right out of the gate this chair will be tested on just how family friendly it can be and just how easy it will make things for me at the park. I think I will take the advice of others this time and put a balloon as eye level on the scooter so those around me see me coming and going. We’ve found at parks people certainly don’t tend to look down, causing all sorts of fun collisions.
As my husband joins us later in the festivities, and Gramps holds down the fort at home, I’m hoping that very special Disney Magic will take over and we’ll be able to enjoy and relax for a few days. The chair will make this easier- no one has to push me. And it will give me the freedom to move around the conference and then meet my family out in the park without everyone having to trek back over to the hotel and pick me up or worry about how I will be transported.
Of course I will also be armed with big, floppy hats to keep my Lupus face out of the sun, and light clothing to keep me cool. We’ll have also arranged for a wheelchair accessible hotel room this time, since we knew we’d have either my wheelchair or a rented one in the room with us. Something we tend to forget when booking.
I have to admit, while my health is not at it’s best, it is good enough to sit on a scooter and putz around for 3 days hearing some great speakers, seeing some wonderful people I love, and spending quality time with my family.
I plan on reporting back to you on just how easy or difficult it may be to get around the park with the new disability standards in place, and if having the rental from the company was truly worth it in the end. I’ll also be checking out exactly how to administer some of my meds while park-hopping- I’m now taking CBD in vape form that helps my pain and nausea A LOT, but I don’t know the rules on these e-cig type things and don’t want to break any rules. It’s my understanding that they are treated like regular cigarettes and only allowed in designated smoking areas. Which is fine by me. I just want to make sure I can use my medication. Not to mention my shots, which I’m hoping I won’t need, but I do have my safety needle dispenser and usually some can be found in public bathrooms. And carrying 17 meds around with me for a few days can always cause challenges- and did I mention the scooter with the HEADLIGHT. It has a HEADLIGHT people. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
*And just to keep you here, there will also be some GIVEAWAYS!!!! Yes, I have some Disney giveaways for you while we’re there! So stay tuned because you KNOW you want free stuff!!!
*I was invited to attend the DSMM Celebration. I paid my own conference fees and received gifts during the conference. All opinions, experiences and thoughts are my own.