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Disability and Disneyland Paris

Angel Ariel

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We are contemplating taking DD (10) to Disneyland Paris in January 2023. In some brief research I’ve done so far, I’ve seen the information about the Priority Cards and Easy Access Cards. DD has a rare genetic condition that is not on the list of conditions provided for the Easy Access Card, so I assume we would be looking at the priority cards?

What kind of documentation would we need to be getting from our doctors in the states? The wording was a bit confusing on the site.

We also typically get DD stroller as a wheelchair tags at WDW/DLR - for sensory and stamina reasons. Do they have something similar at DLP? We could do the parks without, but it would definitely change how we tour (especially since it’ll be fairly cold that time of year as I understand it).

Also, is there anywhere that we could rent a special needs stroller? (Think like the Liberty that kingdom strollers rents for WDW)? We don’t own one as we’ve only ever really needed it at Disney - again, could be done without most likely but would alter touring plans.

Is there anything else we should know about accessibility for DLP or Paris? We’d probably spend some time in Paris as well, hitting major sites. We haven’t traveled with DD overseas, so not entirely sure what we need to look for.

Thanks!
 

Absimilliard

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We are contemplating taking DD (10) to Disneyland Paris in January 2023. In some brief research I’ve done so far, I’ve seen the information about the Priority Cards and Easy Access Cards. DD has a rare genetic condition that is not on the list of conditions provided for the Easy Access Card, so I assume we would be looking at the priority cards?

What kind of documentation would we need to be getting from our doctors in the states? The wording was a bit confusing on the site.

We also typically get DD stroller as a wheelchair tags at WDW/DLR - for sensory and stamina reasons. Do they have something similar at DLP? We could do the parks without, but it would definitely change how we tour (especially since it’ll be fairly cold that time of year as I understand it).

Also, is there anywhere that we could rent a special needs stroller? (Think like the Liberty that kingdom strollers rents for WDW)? We don’t own one as we’ve only ever really needed it at Disney - again, could be done without most likely but would alter touring plans.

Is there anything else we should know about accessibility for DLP or Paris? We’d probably spend some time in Paris as well, hitting major sites. We haven’t traveled with DD overseas, so not entirely sure what we need to look for.

Thanks!
I don't have time to answer now, but when I get back from Paris, I will give you a detailed answer.
 

Swissmiss

Premium Member
We are contemplating taking DD (10) to Disneyland Paris in January 2023. In some brief research I’ve done so far, I’ve seen the information about the Priority Cards and Easy Access Cards. DD has a rare genetic condition that is not on the list of conditions provided for the Easy Access Card, so I assume we would be looking at the priority cards?

What kind of documentation would we need to be getting from our doctors in the states? The wording was a bit confusing on the site.

We also typically get DD stroller as a wheelchair tags at WDW/DLR - for sensory and stamina reasons. Do they have something similar at DLP? We could do the parks without, but it would definitely change how we tour (especially since it’ll be fairly cold that time of year as I understand it).

Also, is there anywhere that we could rent a special needs stroller? (Think like the Liberty that kingdom strollers rents for WDW)? We don’t own one as we’ve only ever really needed it at Disney - again, could be done without most likely but would alter touring plans.

Is there anything else we should know about accessibility for DLP or Paris? We’d probably spend some time in Paris as well, hitting major sites. We haven’t traveled with DD overseas, so not entirely sure what we need to look for.

Thanks!

I did have a look on the website and if you click on the link to request a priority card in advance you will eventually get to a page where you must put in your country of residence to obtain a list of documents acceptable as proof. It does say, even before you click on the link for requesting a card in advance, that a medical certificate is not sufficient.

 

Angel Ariel

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Original Poster
I did have a look on the website and if you click on the link to request a priority card in advance you will eventually get to a page where you must put in your country of residence to obtain a list of documents acceptable as proof. It does say, even before you click on the link for requesting a card in advance, that a medical certificate is not sufficient.

I had seen that page, but hadnt clicked through to start the process - thank you for that. We do have a permanent disabled parking placard and card for DD, so it sounds like that would be enough to qualify for the priority access.
 

Songbird76

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I'm so sorry, I have no idea. We had just barely gotten our son's diagnosis when we went and we didn't know if they had passes for special needs or not, and I didn't have time to look into it because we were dealing with a lot of other junk at the time. I do remember that they have rental stroller/wheelchair things. Some guy nearly ran my daughter over with one of them as he pushed his wife and a kid in her lap up a curb. So I know they have them....I just don't know how much they cost or if you have to reserve in advance. I know they have special queues in the quick service restaurants, or at least at Casey's, for blind and/or deaf guests, and special wider queues for wheelchair access. I'm sure it can't be just Casey's, but I remember that one specifically because some stupid lady complained when a group with a blind young man was escorted to that line and got right up to the front, while she had been waiting in a regular line. Apparently she didn't see the icons denoting that it was the handicap accessible queue and didn't see the CM escorting them to that line, and she thought they were line jumpers. I know they HAVE special passes for accessibility, but I don't know what the requirements are or what form of proof you need. I wish I could be more help.
 

Figgy1

Premium Member
I'm so sorry, I have no idea. We had just barely gotten our son's diagnosis when we went and we didn't know if they had passes for special needs or not, and I didn't have time to look into it because we were dealing with a lot of other junk at the time. I do remember that they have rental stroller/wheelchair things. Some guy nearly ran my daughter over with one of them as he pushed his wife and a kid in her lap up a curb. So I know they have them....I just don't know how much they cost or if you have to reserve in advance. I know they have special queues in the quick service restaurants, or at least at Casey's, for blind and/or deaf guests, and special wider queues for wheelchair access. I'm sure it can't be just Casey's, but I remember that one specifically because some stupid lady complained when a group with a blind young man was escorted to that line and got right up to the front, while she had been waiting in a regular line. Apparently she didn't see the icons denoting that it was the handicap accessible queue and didn't see the CM escorting them to that line, and she thought they were line jumpers. I know they HAVE special passes for accessibility, but I don't know what the requirements are or what form of proof you need. I wish I could be more help.
Thank you for replying. i didn't remember if you had gotten the pass or not
 

Absimilliard

Well-Known Member
We are contemplating taking DD (10) to Disneyland Paris in January 2023. In some brief research I’ve done so far, I’ve seen the information about the Priority Cards and Easy Access Cards. DD has a rare genetic condition that is not on the list of conditions provided for the Easy Access Card, so I assume we would be looking at the priority cards?

What kind of documentation would we need to be getting from our doctors in the states? The wording was a bit confusing on the site.

We also typically get DD stroller as a wheelchair tags at WDW/DLR - for sensory and stamina reasons. Do they have something similar at DLP? We could do the parks without, but it would definitely change how we tour (especially since it’ll be fairly cold that time of year as I understand it).

Also, is there anywhere that we could rent a special needs stroller? (Think like the Liberty that kingdom strollers rents for WDW)? We don’t own one as we’ve only ever really needed it at Disney - again, could be done without most likely but would alter touring plans.

Is there anything else we should know about accessibility for DLP or Paris? We’d probably spend some time in Paris as well, hitting major sites. We haven’t traveled with DD overseas, so not entirely sure what we need to look for.

Thanks!

I returned from my trip yesterday and I spent a very busy day at Disneyland Paris tuesday. About the access for PMR (Personne a mobilite reduite, which is how DLP refers to people with disabilities), here is what I can say:

- There are no accessible queues at Disneyland Park. You will need to book return times at the exit of the attractions to return.

- At Walt Disney Studios, you will need to use the Disney Premier Access queue at Ratatouille, special entrances at RC Racer and Parachute Drop. Interestingly, its the exit you will use at Tower of Terror.

- The three roller coasters at Disneyland Park all have strict time limits for PMR riders to board, with Big Thunder Mountain and Temple du Peril giving you a 30 seconds window and Space Mountain at a slightly more generous 45 seconds. Unless its a very low attendance day and they are running less trains than optimal capacity, there are no way to lengthen that time window.

- The Disneyland Paris thrill rides tend to be of a higher thrill than the equivalent at Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Big Thunder Mountain here is literally twice as long and faster with longer tunnels than the american versions. Temple du Peril has an incredible 55 inches height restriction and Space Mountain in Paris has a launch and loops.

- Regarding Big Thunder Mountain again, they've recently modified the ride seats to now have seat dividers on both the seat bottom and lap bar, so its not like riding the american versions.

I went through the PMR website and here is what it says about getting the priority card:

If you are americans, DLP accepts the following documents to issue out a priority card:

  1. Disability card issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs
  2. Parking Card for Disabled People
  3. Other official disability documents issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs
  4. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD)
  5. Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  6. VA Disability Compensation Benefits
  7. Parking Badge; permanent or temporary
  8. Access pass : America The Beautiful
The online form also has the following questions to determine eligibility and what you will be able to access:

- Do you use a wheelchair or device serving as a wheelchair? (which answers your question about using a stroller as a wheelchair)

- Will you be constantly accompanied by someone else to ride every attraction?

- Are you capable of boarding and deboarding a ride vehicle in a reasonable amount of time?

- In the case of a ride evacuation, are you able to go down a ladder, multiple staircases, walk through dark and tight hallways alone or with your companion?

Once you've submitted it online, you will receive an answer and instructions to retrieve the card, which is valid 7 days.

Enjoy Disneyland Paris: it is a beautiful park and a nice change of pace from the american parks. Don't forget to book restaurants 60 days in advance, with my favorites being the Downtown Restaurant at Hotel New York- Art of Marvel and the Walt's on Main Street.
 

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