Young guest with epilepsy gets royal treatment at Disney World Parade

Credit: TikTok/poppysnorfolk

Guests at Disney World can see the magic come to life at different times of the day as they see some of their favorite characters parade on themed floats in an epic parade.

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade is an entertaining tribute to Fantasyland and its tales as old as time. The music blares overhead as fan favorites make their way through the Magic Kingdom on both float and foot, engaging the crowd with smiles and waves.

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The Move it! Shake it! MousekeDance it! Street Party invites guests to dance with Mickey, Minnie and their friends with vibrant floats and sing-along songs.

Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which runs now through October, features special seasonal characters like ghosts of the car -stop from The Haunted Mansion and “a wicked assortment of Disney villains” per the event description.

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Similarly, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party features Disney favorites dressed in their finest attire. Guests can see gingerbread men dancing, toy soldiers marching and more in this holiday show.

Whatever the occasion, Disney parades are massive events that are almost always scheduled in advance as they require Cast Members to clear certain areas and aisles to ensure the safety of spectators. Some guests start lining up to watch the parade well in advance, positioning themselves in front of the crowd to get the best view.

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But for other guests, especially those with special needs, waiting side by side in hopes of securing a front row seat might not be an option.

Luckily, Disney World has an answer for that, and as a result, a young guest with epilepsy was recently able to safely experience the parade of her dreams.

Video posted to social media shows an experience in which sweet young Poppy waved to parade attendees from a safe and spacious viewing location made possible by Disney World cast members.

“Disney has been so accommodating to Poppy, making sure she has plenty of space just in case she gets excited!” wrote Poppy’s mother on her TikTok post.

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The comments section revealed that Poppy had been diagnosed with epilepsy and suffered from seizures often triggered by excitement. Since Disney World is a master maker of excitement, hosting Poppy’s parade was not only appreciated but entirely medically necessary.

Cast members continued to reserve space for Poppy, as they directed hopeful guests to other viewing locations to ensure her area remained clear. Without such compassion for Poppy’s needs, she probably wouldn’t have been able to experience the magic of a Disney parade.

When it comes to welcoming visitors with disabilities, Disney says they have “an unwavering commitment to providing a welcoming, inclusive environment and accessible experiences,” as stated on their website.

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Poppy’s accommodation is accessible to all guests with disabilities, as specific viewing areas for various events are marked out in advance for those who need them. Zones are often first-come, first-served, so be sure to check in with a member of the Customer Services cast to ensure availability.

To watch Poppy’s “incredible” and “magical” experience at the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, watch the video below or click here.

@disneyworldoffical Disney has been so accommodating for Poppy, making sure she has plenty of space just in case she gets excited! 🥹 #epilepsyawareness #epilepsy #fyp #viral #disneyworld #disney #florida #ReTokforNature #seizure

@poppysnorfolk

@disneyworldoffical Disney has been so accommodating for Poppy, making sure she has plenty of space just in case she gets excited! 🥹 #epilepsyawareness #epilepsy #fyp #viral #disneyworld #disney #florida #ReTokforNature #seizure

♬ original sound – Poppys Norfolk

Learn more about Disney services for guests with disabilities

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Here are some of the services Disney currently offers to Guests with disabilities. For a full list, head to Disney’s website.

Disability Access Service
Learn more about how eligible guests can enroll in our Disability Access Service (DAS) program, which helps those who have difficulty tolerating extended waits in a conventional queuing environment. due to a disability. Learn more.

Rental of electric transport vehicles (ECV)
Learn more about these 4-wheeled vehicles that help guests cover long distances with ease. Learn more.

Guides for disabled visitors
Available at Guest Relations, these guides are also downloadable in printable format for each theme park.

Car park
Parking for Guests with Disabilities is available throughout Walt Disney World Resort. A valid disabled parking permit is required.

Restrooms and toilets for companions
Theme park restrooms provide facilities designed for access by visitors with reduced mobility. Companion-assisted toilets are also available at various locations in each theme park. Theme park first aid locations have facilities with more space and privacy for people who may need the assistance of a member of their party for their personal care needs.

Service animals
We welcome service animals at most locations at our theme parks and resort hotels. At Walt Disney World Resort, a service animal is defined as any miniature dog or horse trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Customers who use service animals must maintain control of their animals at all times and must keep them on a leash or harness while visiting.

Guest Health Care Services Presented by AdventHealth
AdventHealth is here to help prepare you for your family’s needs as you plan an unforgettable Walt Disney World Resort vacation, including first aid, video tours, and emergency care services.

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How well do you think Disney accommodates guests with disabilities? Let us know in the comments below.

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