View Full Version : Newbie here What is an sap?
08-13-2002, 05:06 PM
And will I need a doctors note to get a wheelchair while I am disneyland I can't walk or stand for long periods of time until I have my spine rebuilt. What should I do ?
Hi Katz38 -- welcome to MousePad. The following from our Theme-Park Access Guide (http://www.mouseplanet.com/tag/around.htm) here at MousePlanet should answer your questions:
"For guests not using an adaptive device, you will need to obtain a Special Assistance (SA) pass from City Hall. Just ask a CM in City Hall for this pass."
Regarding the need for a physician's note:
"Be aware that you may need to show some proof of disability to be issued the pass. Generally accepted proof of disability is a state issued disabled ID, letter from your physician, leg cast or brace, crutches, or some other proof. This is done to help prevent abuse of the pass by those who do not have a legitimate need.
"For guests using a wheelchair, cane or walker, your adaptive device should serve as your pass for using the disabled entrances. In reality, this does not always work for guests using a cane or walker, as some CMs are not aware of the park's policy. If you are hassled by a CM, ask them to call City Hall to verify the policy, or ask to speak to their manager."
Katz, you will not need a doctor's note to rent a wheelchair. If you are staying onsite at one of the Disney hotels, you may be able to get a wheelchair that you can use for free, throughout the resort, on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you have difficulty walking, then you will need a wheelchair outside the parks as well as inside. If you rent inside the parks, you cannot take those chairs outside the park, or between parks. An alternative is to rent from an outside company. Also, you might want to consider renting an ECV or scooter rather than using a wheelchair. It will save you a ton of energy and help you be more independent. If you are able to walk short distances and transfer on your own, this is a great option.
If you are using a wheelchair, you will not need an SAP.
08-14-2002, 05:27 AM
I've used an SAP for my son who's autistic (so waiting in long lines is rather difficult for him, and annoying for anyone who's in line around us) , and he doesn't "look" disabled at all. And I did not have to show any 'proof'. I simply told them of his disability and was given an SAP that allowed me to use the handicapped or fastpass entrances. It worked out wonderfully.
Most CM's were very nice and accommodating for us. One CM on Aladdins Carpets even let him ride twice. :)