My name is Samantha, and I'm 24 years old. I've been going to Disney World since I was 4 years old-my mom is a vet. nuerologist, and every year in January, she goes to the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando. Sometimes, I get to go, and sometimes I have to stay home. But, this next year, I'll be back at Walt Disney World at the end of January with my fiance', Dan, while my mom goes to her meetings, and Dan and I will be spending 4/5 days at all 4 theme parks. My mom also wants to eat dinner one night at BOMA, the buffet restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge. It's her favorite place to eat, out of all of the restaurants-mine too!!! Dan came with us on the last trip to Disney World in the same month, and when we ate at BOMA, he had a hard time walking out of there because he was so full, and I had a hard time fitting into my wheelchair (not really).
I was born with Apert Syndrome, a rare craniofacial syndrome that affects the bones of the skull, mid-face, hands and feet, requiring multiple surgeries. In 1999, I began having difficulty walking, which led to me being a wheelchair user. Today, I still use a wheelchair for the same reason, plus dealing with the scoliosis in my back getting pretty bad. I love going to Disney World every year when I can with my mom, and I love how they accommodate wheelchair users really well. Most theme parks that I've been to, won't do that. I am able to get out of my wheelchair for the rides that can't accommodate a wheelchair if someone is holding onto me, so I am able to do any ride imaginable.
I was a little nervous about coming on here, for fearing that I may be the only one with a disability, but I hope that it'll be OK.
Take Care, Samantha