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  1. DragonMomma

    DragonMomma Basking in the Magic since 1984

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    Hi there. My question relates to the wait times for the FP line. I've heard plenty reports of the length of the stand by line, but even with DAS return times, I was curious how long the FP line usually is from start to finish. I have panic disorder and I'm trying to access if I can do this EVEN with a fp or DAS. Anyone who rides in the future, can you note faspass line duration for me(along with time of day)?

    My second question is concerning DAS. Let's say I got in line with my family, started to panic, and had to bail. Would they still let my family line stay in line, or would they eject them with me after they waited? Is that something I can discuss with Guest Services as a possible scenario that they can accomadate? I also (years ago) remember hearing about an add-on accomadation to the DAS, where if a person had to leave the line, there was a way to return to the line after they recovered or am I misremembering?
    Anxiety/panic rules my world and I'm trying not to let it rule my family's world too. Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask.
     
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  2. DisneyOma

    DisneyOma DIS Veteran

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    We waited 30 minutes from entering the FP+ queue to getting through the first room. There were breakdowns and they had to reload those people before they would let us on. Then our room took forever to scan us. We thought we'd be sent to another station as well, but we finally got moved to the second room. But there was at least 30 minutes of standing around before the second room (which was quick) and then on the ride.
     
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  4. DisneyOma

    DisneyOma DIS Veteran

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    If you bail, they are supposed to go with you. There is a second FP check for this queue, and you would need to be there for the tap as well.
     
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  5. mamabunny

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  6. gap2368

    gap2368 DIS Veteran

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    There is just no way to tell how long the line will take, I have been on FOP ( either with a DAS or FP) maybe 7-9 times and some times it takes 10 minutes to get to the first room sometimes 30, and then when you are in the first room thing can happen and you can be stopped and some times just getting on the ride can take some time, ( one time it took about 15 minutes). I would come up with some coping skills and make sure you are having a good day before I would get in line. I have asked the CM before and this is a 50/50 chance they will know about the lines inside ( some times they do and some times they guess).

    as far as leaving the line your group should exit with you, on your way out have a member of your group tell the people at the FP entrance that you had to leave due to a disability ( or what ever you think) and ask them if you can reenter when you regroup. for most rides, this has always worked for me, not sure about FOP, some how I have never needed to leave the line ( but for once to use the bathroom). There is away to add other accommodation to your DAS ( I have one,) but it was just at the begging and it was not easy to get, ( I had a long meeting with a CM, manager about it and I think they have taken it away) but to be able to leave the line and come back is not something they can add to the DAS as there would be no way for the CM to know you had this.

    If you would like some help with coping strategies I would be glad to help you out, but I understand if not.
     
  7. pooh4me

    pooh4me DIS Veteran

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    I would like to know how long the que line is? I use a walker because I can only go so long then I have to sit to relive back pain.Is it as long as Soring? I let people pass me is it possible for them to get by me?
     
  8. gap2368

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    The line is long like soring. there are places where people can pass you. but the wait is also long and there are a lot of things to look at so if you do stand by you may not find a lot of people want to pass you, or there may not be a need to pass you. FP is shorter the first part is up a hill and not really any room to pass someone once inside it is not that fair at all. Since you have a mobility device you will be put in a separate line after the FP standby merge.
     
  9. mamabunny

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    If you haven't already, you might want to consider a Rollator, which is essentially a walker with a built-in seat. Many of them also have a handy basket under the seat as well. Rollators are generally relatively inexpensive, and can be rented from local Orlando vendors if you want to try before you buy.
     
  10. Luke A

    Luke A Earning My Ears

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    I HAVE A CUSTOM FITTED WHEELCHAIR & CAN'T TRANSFER TO ANOTHER CHAIR, CAN I GO IN THE PRE SHOW WATCH IT THEN EXIT? I'M SO DISAPPOINTED WITH THE NA'VI RIVER JOURNEY NOT BEING ACCESSIBLE, IT'S A BOAT RIDE, DISNEY CONVERTED 'IT'S A SMALL WORLD" 'THE JUNGLE CRUISE' SO THEY'RE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THEY COULD ADAPT 1 BOAT TO BE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE.
     
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  11. luvmarypoppins

    luvmarypoppins <font color=darkorchid>I am debating whether to pu

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    Just wanted to share my experience. Ds and I had a fastpass and he is a nurse so he knew how to handle me. I use a wheelchair mostly as a walker. My other issues are bad knee, back, l eye issues and can't turn my neck well due to two cancer surgeries.

    It was easy getting into the boat. I stepped on the seat and we had the front seat. The seats are very roomy. Getting out was a huge issue. I asked for that stair step. I dont know how its suppose to work, but I ended up on the top of the largest step and it was a huge drop down. By this time I was holding up the loading line. Two male managers came over and each took an arm and got me off that thing.

    Ds and i both agreed that next time it would be better if he tried to just pull me out if the boat.

    I don't know if I used the stepper correctly or the cast member didn't set it up correctly? But coming out was as bad experience.
     
  12. gap2368

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    You should be able to take a wheelchair through the line and pre-show.

    by the way using all caps is considered yelling when typing.
     
  13. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

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    The stair is not meant for stepping out, it is meant to transfer to and from a wheelchair.
    To get in, the wheelchair is parked next to the step; the height of the wheelchair seat is about even with the wheelchair seat. Then, you transfer to sit on the closest step and ‘bump’ your butt on each step to get into the boat.

    To get out, the wheelchair is placed near the last step (the one that was a huge drop). You bump on the steps out of the boat and when you get to the last one, you transfer to the wheelchair.
     
  14. bigmac5

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    My hubby has a knee and hip replacement. I am worried that he will not be able to do FOP. Any one here been on with hip and knee replacement
     
  15. gap2368

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    If he can sit on a motorcycle then he should be able to do this ride ( the movement is smooth). There is a test set outside the ride that he can try before he gets in line.
     
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    While at disney he will be celebrating his 66th birthday and hasn't been on a motorcycle in years. He will have to try the test one! Thanks
     
  17. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

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    there are pictures of the actual attraction seating and the test seat on one of the earlier pages of this thread.
     
  18. Toffeewoffy

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    Just wanted to report back on our recent trip (been home 8 days :( ).

    Anyway, I took my scooter right through the queue on the Na'vi River ride, and it was extremely easy to step down first onto the seat and then onto the floor of the boat. Getting up out of the boat was a bit harder: because I'm sort it was a long stretch for me to reach the barriers to haul myself up. However, it wasn't difficult for me, personally.

    I took my scooter right to the entrance of the 'sorting' room at FoP, and they then took it to the exit. I found no problem in perching on the back of the seat and then shuffling myself forwards until I got as far as I could. Word of warning - don't push yourself hard against the chest restraint, otherwise you may have breathing problems when the back restraint comes up and presses against your back.

    The woman just ahead of me in the queue was on a rollator, and she managed fine with the ride, as well. She was offered the choice of taking her rollator right to the ride itself but declined.

    Absolutely LOVED the ride, and if it hadn't been for the technical issues which resulted in only 2 out of the 3 levels working that day, we may well have gone back and ridden it again using DD's DAS pass. As it was, even with a FP we were queuing for upwards of 50 minutes with the stand by queue being nearly 4 hours. We were all given a FP for Na'vi River Journey to make up for the wait, but we'd rather have had the option of doing FoP again!
     
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  19. BeerMe

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    Looking for opinions: We have FP for FoP in early December. My wife has all sorts of apparatus in her back and uses a WC at WDW. She loves Soarin and Splash Mountain but not any of the other mountains in MK. She would like to try FoP but abrupt motion like Gringots and Forbidden Journey in Universal are not things she can ride. I guess my question is do you think she would be OK on FoP? TIA
     
  20. mamabunny

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    I would suggest having her watch some of the POV ride videos (Big Fat Panda on YouTube usually has great ones) for FoP to see if it looks like something she might have trouble with. Back issues, and back pain are *so* subjective; what hurts or bothers me might not even cause her to blink, and vice-versa.

    Additionally, FoP does have a "tester" vehicle outside the ride so she can practice sitting on it prior to riding.
     
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  21. bluecastle

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    I just got back and I loved it!! After all the research I did, I was actually more concerned about motion sickness than my back. I took Bonine, wore patches, and sea bands that I bought just for this! Anyhow, my back was more affected by the bus rides than FoP! I use an inflatable back cushion and I actually hid it under my shirt, very lightly inflated, just enough to cushion me. It comes with a strap so I knew it wouldn't dislodge during the ride. The back restraint comes up suddenly when you board, but I just sat slightly forward and eased against it. Between the leg and back restraints, holding the handlebars, and squeezing my knees together on the middle section where you feel it "breathing", I hardly moved at all and felt very secure even while the "motion" perceived is swooping, accelerating, diving, and flying. The vehicle itself does not move that much, or at least it does so very smoothly. My DD couldn't believe that the vehicle never actually went anywhere! ( she didn't do any research, she wanted it to be a surprise)
    I felt exhilarated and so happy when it was done. I screamed the whole time! Good, fun screaming!
    That being said, I agree with the PP that back issues are all different. Good luck! I completely sympathize with the indecision and apprehension that many of us feel.
    ETA: What surprised me was PotC! I have always been able to ride that, but on the drop near the beginning, it seemed steeper and faster and landed with more force than I remember. That hurt. Lots of Advil that night.
     
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