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Total Knee Replacement at Disney World

by Lisa
(New Hampshire)

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I am two month post-op Total Knee replacement. Are there any rides that I should avoid.”

Mrs. Mom says all of them

Lisa, I’m pretty familiar with this. I’ve got two total knee replacements. Mrs. Mom has one. In fact, I ask Mrs. Mom what she thought about this question, which rides would she avoid two months out of a total knee replacement? She said, “All of them. All of them. Oh, my goodness. I couldn’t even think about going that quickly.”

Now, it does kind of depend on how your recovery is going. Every recovery is different. For me, one of them super fast. Two months, I was walking three miles a day. The other one was a little slower. Even at six months I probably wasn’t ready to tackle Disney World.

If your recovery is going so well that you feel comfortable about going to Disney World, absolutely, go on.

An unexpected answer

It's a Small World will be very uncomfortable

Hard to believe but this is at the top of the list – Photo by Mike Billick

What rides will give you the most problems? This is going to sound silly. You’re going to go whahh? The rides that give me the most problems are the boat rides. I still struggle with It’s a Small World, with Frozen Ever After, with the Gran Fiesta Tour, Pirates of the Caribbean, Living with the Land, because of how your knee has to bend.

In those boat rides you can’t just sit and bend you leg 90 degrees or less. There’s no place to stretch out. It has to be 110, 115 degrees of bending because of the the seat in front of you.

I will say that the Na’vi River Journey, the new boat ride over in Pandora, they carved out a spot under the seat from where your knees and feet can go so it’s very comfortable unlike all the other boat rides, so the boat rides are very difficult.

And More

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is uncomfortable at any time

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is always uncomfortable – Photo by Wayne Wood

Another one you’ll have problems with is Space Mountain, you’ll probably not going to be able to ride Space Mountain. Just getting in and out of Space Mountain is hard for people with mobility issues. You’re pretty much not going to be able to do that. Oh, and Tomorrowland Speedway is another one that isn’t fun getting in and out of.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is uncomfortable even without the knee problems. You will want to avoid that.

Another thing to consider is getting an ECV. You may not need it for short walks, but you are going to be on your feet for HOURS every day. The last thing you want is to get that knee inflamed. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Destinations to Travel

Dad’s Bottom Line

I think two months might be a little early. I know I wasn’t ready at two months. But…

If you’re in good shape, you’ve got plenty of range of motion, then you’ll be okay. You’re going to be uncomfortable but you can still ride on most of the rides. If you don’t have a lot of range of motion, it’s going to be a long trip.


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Comments for

May 11, 2018 Partial Knee Replacement
by: Ren

Hi! I had two partial knee replacements last year. I’m young but not in shape. I completed physical therapy on both knees and returned to work after 2 months. Getting into Space Mountain took a second to figure out but it wasn’t uncomfortable once I was seated. I didn’t experience any pain for my entire trip, but the swelling is what got me.

Definitely rent a scooter or a wheelchair. I “parked” my wheelchair with the strollers and only really used it when we went from one land to the next. Bring ice packs!!! You can even bring them on the plane (frozen). The cool packs that you crush to activate worked well on the plane too. Amazon sells them in a case. Good luck on your trip!!!

May 10, 2018 Knees
by: frank

It all depends on whether or not you honestly know your knees abilities, some rides you will not be able to ride, the angle on splash mountain is just to painful for me to ride, but if you notify the cast members at the rides they will try to get you into a spot where you can be in a comfortable position, if you go during a super busy time all bets are off

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