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Getting in and out of boats at the Magic Kingdom

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We are headed to WDW in May and I am concerned about getting out of the boats at It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Carribean. Both of my knees are artificial and I have a hard time climbing stairs unless there is a handrail to hold onto/ pull myself up. Will this be an issue trying to get out of the boats at these 2 rides?

The entrance to Pirates of the Caribbean

Abandon hope all ye with knee problems? – Photo by Judd Helms

Dad’s been there, done that Answer

Oh, boy do I know the answer to this one. Ohh, Ohh!!!!

Let me say right up front, literally, I feel your pain. I know exactly what you are talking about as I also have two knee replacements and Mrs. Mom is struggling with one that needs to be replaced. It’s really a pain. (Pun intended.)

As with most things Disney does, they are really good about designing their attractions to accommodate almost anyone. The boats at Pirates of the Caribbean and It’s a Small World are no exception.

There are rails on the dock leading right into the boats to hang on to as you get in and out. They are helpful, but the step down is a little painful and can be a little unnerving.

It does help if you have a partner that can offer support. I always grab Mrs. Mom’s elbow to help support her as she goes in and out. It helps.

We both have more problems sitting in the boats. I don’t know exactly why, but both It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean are uncomfortable on my knees and Mrs. Mom said the same thing. I have short legs so it’s not a long leg thing. It’s just the angle that you have to sit or something. It hurts.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Getting in and out not awful on the boats at the Magic Kingdom. It’s easily do able. Take your time. Don’t rush and it will be fine. A steadying hand will be greatly appreciated.

Comments for

Jul 14, 2016 getting in and out of boats
by: kathi

I had posted a question about getting in and out of boats (Small World and Pirates)since I have very bad knees and have difficulty going up and down stairs. Wanted to let people know that I had no problem at all! On It’s A Small World ride if you let them know you are handicap they bring in a special boat that you walk right onto (you do not have to step up or down)- it was great! We did not go on the Pirates so not sure what the set up is but we did go on the jungle cruise. They stopped the boat before the main line so that I had plenty of time to get on and off. The steps had a handrail so with my husband and the handrail I was fine!

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