Pacing Yourself
How to deal with fatigue and low energy


Low energy should not stop you from having a nice vacation!

You can have a perfectly wonderful vacation at Walt DisneyWorld or Disneyland with low energy, or even no energy, if you...

You will be OK, and your vacation will be very good for you.

How to pace yourself...

What if someone does not want to use a wheelchair or ECV?

I am going with a friend who has been ill, but she is embarrassed about using an ECV or letting me push her in a wheelchair. What should I expect?

Some people don't want to use an ECV or wheelchair, and you have to respect their decision. That probably also means that you are going to have to go at a slower pace, and pace your entire day around rest breaks and activities that involve being relatively stationary... which is fine, because you can do that at WDW, in style. I would recommend driving a car rather than using a bus, particularly if your friend feels achy. You can tell the parking attendant that you need to park next to the tram stop because your friend has special needs, which will cut the walking to a minimum. Get a GAC at Guest Services at the entrance of any of the parks for your length of stay, which will allow her to rest rather than stand in the queue if lines are long.You can also use this to let the parking attendants know that you need to park close; they will be even more accommodating. It is usually better this way than parking in the disabled lot. And if your friend does crash in the park, you can ask almost any CM for assistance, get a wheelchair then. It costs about $7 a day rented at the park. An ECV will be about $30 per day at the parks.

We are taking my father-in-law to Disney for the first time. While he is generally in good health, I have a feeling his knees will give out before he wants to call it quits. I brought up renting an EVC or Wheelchair but he keeps insisting he'll be fine. How can I convince him to try an ECV or let me push him in a wheelchair?

It is his vacation, and his knees, and if he wants to try it on his own, fine... however...

  • EPCOT stands for "Every Person Comes Out Tired"

  • The average person walks 6 miles in a day at WDW

  • It is YOUR vacation, too.
  • If you are having to stop early and go back to the resort because he has exhausted himself, being too proud to let his dear family give him a ride for the day, then he is not making life any easier for you.When people have special needs, they have to pace themselves. That means you conserve your energy throughout the day so that you will have a full day and evening's vacation time.
  • Use the packhorse argument... "We have so much gear to take into the park, we are going to need to carry it somehow and so we will need to get a wheelchair anyway just to crate this stuff around"... using the handlebars to hold the bags and gear, of course... but someone has to sit in the seat as ballast. Besides, having the wheelchair means that is one less seat you have to worry about, when it comes time to watch the shows.

  • Appeal to his sense of fun and adventure... get him to try an ECV. Describe it as a ride with no lines, your own private roller coaster without the plunges and splashes...

  • Try appealing to his thrifty nature. If he's not able to walk thru the parks to enjoy things, he isn't getting the full value of his ticket.


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