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: Comparing the disability and “outside food” policies at Universal, Disney, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens

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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 goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests the tricks and tools of touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special-needs guests is no exception. Although our SNAU articles focus heavily on Universal Orlando, we also have been developing additional disabled information for other vacation … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Call for accessibility changes at HHN, the Attraction Assistance Pass has a new look

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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 goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests the tricks and tools of touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special-needs guests is no exception. Halloween Horror Nights 2014 has come to an end, and Orlando Informer is finishing up collecting its real guest reviews of the event. There is one, … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Disability assistance at HHN 2014 and more Diagon Alley details

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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 goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests the tricks and tools of touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special-needs guests is no exception. Halloween Horror Nights 2014 has now been in operation for six nights, but there are 22 more to enjoy the fear. There's a lot to cover for disabled … [Read more...]

Special needs are Universal: Updates to our Guest Assistance Pass information and reader tips for touring

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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 goal here at Orlando Informer is to offer all guests the tricks and tools of touring Universal Orlando, and being able to help special-needs guests is no exception. Today we're tacking a lot of information regarding the specific ways in which the disabled can enjoy all of Universal's various attractions, so sit … [Read more...]

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...]

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