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Disney Wonder Review

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Alaska by Wheelchair

Review for Disney Wonder to Alaska
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macamy
2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Jun 2014
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Traveled with children

My husband is paraplegic and uses a manual wheelchair. He is incredibly active and has a strong upper body. The one bedroom suite was perfect for our needs. I did quite a bit or research before our trip and most of it was reading reviews on various sites to get an idea of how we should prepare. There were a few areas that were “grey” in my research so let me clear those up for you. When we arrived the bed was too low for my husband to transfer in and out of by himself. This was quickly rectified by our stateroom host who had the bed put on risers at the perfect wheelchair height. The stateroom host was also able to remove a few extra chairs to open up the living room space to be more wheelchair friendly. There were plenty of hangers for all of our clothing.

They DO have a rollaway bed (even though the land concierge told us via email that they did not). This was an issue for us as our two children (10 and 15, boy and girl) did not want to share the pull out. We brought along a twin air mattress, but would not have packed it had I known for sure we could have a rollaway. My daughter reported the pull out was very comfortable. The bathroom off the master bedroom was smaller than the Dream one bedroom suite. It has a tub, a shower with a fold down seat, a toilet with grab bars and a sink with drawers for storage. You can only wheel in forward and then have to back out. There is not enough room to turn around. It was also difficult to shut the bathroom door.

The veranda is HUGE. It is a must for the Alaska experience. The views are breathtaking. I had read about people complaining about noise from the upper deck. They do move chairs around for about 3 minutes in the morning. It was not terrible, I could have slept through it had I not been on east coast time and awake. As we were leaving port in Vancouver, some teenagers did start throwing streamers on our veranda, I asked them to stop and that was the only issue we had with others. You can hear people’s conversations above you when you are on the veranda and they are at Beach Blanket, this did not bother us and it’s only at meal times. There is a special entrance via the Cadillac lounge for wheelchair access to the shows so you and your family can sit in the front row. Let your room concierge know and arrive 35 minutes before show time an usher will take you through a back hall to your seats. The other wheelchair seating option is the very last row of the theatre. The final quick detail I have to share is the customs/embarkation process for wheelchairs is extremely fast. We were ushered to the “crew” lane and ahead of every line in the process until the final line to get on the ship. It was nothing like the nightmares I read about and I was unable to get a sense of how it would work for us prior to leaving. When you arrive at the terminal look for help and ask people where to go. They were eager to help us and very friendly.

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My husband is paraplegic and uses a manual wheelchair. When we arrived the bed was too low for my husband to transfer in and out of by himself. This was quickly rectified by our stateroom host who had the bed put on risers at the perfect wheelchair height. The stateroom host was also able to remove a few extra chairs to open up the living room space to be more wheelchair friendly. There were plenty of hangers for all of our clothing. They DO have a rollaway bed (even though the land concierge told us via email that they did not). My daughter reported the pull out was very comfortable. The bathroom off the master bedroom was smaller than the Dream one bedroom suite. It has a tub, a shower with a fold down seat, a toilet with grab bars and a sink with drawers for storage. You can only wheel in forward and then have to back out. There is not enough room to turn around. It was also difficult to shut the bathroom door. The veranda is HUGE. It is a must for the Alaska experience. The views are breathtaking. I had read about people complaining about noise from the upper deck. They do move chairs around for about 3 minutes in the morning.

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