debi dame

About the Author

debi is a retired school support person, mother and grandmother who still loves riding roller coasters. Living on Florida's West Coast, she has been an Annual Passholder at Universal for 16 years along with her husband and disabled daughter. She is also a 31-year veteran of local craft shows, making and selling Christmas ornaments, polymer clay jewelry and quilts.

Special needs are Universal: Diagon Alley tips, tricks, and details for special-needs riders

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Welcome to Special Needs Are Universal, an Orlando Informer column and forum dedicated to helping those with disabilities and their families plan for vacations or, even, just a day trip to Orlando’s theme parks! We have a lot to cover this month, so let's hop right into it, shall we?   Diagon Alley is open for special-needs riders The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley opened on July 8, and our special-needs readers have been so helpful with providing important … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Wheelchair access, companion restrooms, and special requests for Diagon Alley

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Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! I believe that the Special Needs Are Universal forum is working well for those with disabilities. I’ve posted FAQ topics with the most-asked questions for both Universal Orlando Resort and Walt … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Diagon Alley attraction requirements, expectant mothers rider’s chart, Team Members continue to impress us

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Welcome to our latest edition of Special Needs Are Universal, a now-monthly column that will highlight the questions received and answered on the OI Community Forums. My hope is that the SNAU forum will help those of you with disabilities lessen your anxiety and enable you to visit Universal Orlando Resort with the most updated information available anywhere.   FAQs In April, I posted the most frequently asked questions for both Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World. Some find … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Rider’s guide for guests with sensory issues

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Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Now that Special Needs Are Universal has its own section in the new OI Forums, it has become a little easier for you to post your questions and find the answers you need to help your family make … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Maneuvering a wheelchair through the parks, finding elevator access & companion bathrooms

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Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! My heroes are those who do not let their disabilities keep them from living life, and this is why it’s so important to me to provide information through the Special needs are Universal column. … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Guest’s visit ruined by poor planning – how it could have easily been prevented

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Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! In today's post, I'm going to take our discussion in a slightly different direction. Instead of answering a specific question from a reader, I'd like to take this opportunity to discuss a recent … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Traveling with two disabled children – how to best prepare for Universal Orlando?

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Welcome to Special Needs Are Universal, a column devoted to helping those with disabilities or who have disabled family or friends. There are many sites available on the internet, but Orlando Informer is the first that has the best information available for both disabled and non-disabled guests. There is no need to jump from place to place to find knowledge about Universal Orlando Resort - it’s all right here. And it seems that Orlando Informer has become a popular go-to site for those … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Are the “horror stories” about disabled families visiting Universal Orlando true?

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Welcome to the next edition of our Special Needs Are Universal column, featuring questions and answers to help those with disabilities plan their day at Orlando’s theme parks. Our ultimate goal is to give families the confidence to enjoy all there is to do across this amazing vacation destination! Punxsutawney Phil has decreed that there will certainly be six more weeks of winter, but people are already making their plans to visit Universal Orlando Resort this year. Those with disabled … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: A review of how we can help disabled families, visiting the parks with cystic fibrosis, First Aid locations

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Welcome to the first edition of Special Needs Are Universal for 2014.  To start out the year, I'd like to remind our readers that Orlando Informer already has a considerable amount of information to help disabled families plan their visit to Orlando's theme parks - including over 20 of our SNAU blog posts and the only page we know of that provides complete details for Universal's Attraction Assistance Pass - and I am very happy that I have been able to play an important role in this … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Autism & food allergy concerns for first-time Universal Orlando guests, Disney contact information for disability issues

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In this edition of Special Needs Are Universal, I would like to share a couple of the newest questions and comments I've received from readers. I want to thank all of you who have taken the time to write to me about your experiences at both Universal Orlando and Disney World this year. The disabled community truly does have needs that sometimes can only be understood by others in the same boat. We can help each other find ways to enjoy what the parks have to offer in a world that wasn’t … [Read more...]

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