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Using a Wheelchair, Mobility Scooter or ECV on a Theme Park Vacation

by Leap on February 3, 2012 8

Knowing what your plans are in advance will definitely ease some of the stress of using a wheelchair or mobility scooter in an unfamiliar place...

• Will you be using complimentary theme park transportation or renting a car?

• Are you going to "park hop" or stick to one park per day?

• Do you plan to rent from the parks or have one delivered to your hotel?

• Are you going on rides that will require you to transfer from your wheelchair?

Wheelchair & ECV Rental at Disney's Hollywood StudiosHere is some useful information for using a wheelchair, mobility scooter or Electronic Convenience Vehicle (ECV) on a theme park vacation.

Renting a Wheelchair or ECV

at the Parks

There are wheelchair and ECV rental locations at every park (near the park entrances). Daily wheelchair rental is $12; ECV rental is $70. If you are park hopping, you will only have to pay once; rental receipts are honored for same day use at all four Disney parks. (There are complimentary wheelchairs available in the parking lots that you can use to get to the park entrance. Since this service is complimentary and based on the "honor system," there are circumstances when none are available.)

Renting a Wheelchair or Motorized Scooter Off-Site

There are several companies in Orlando that will deliver a wheelchair or mobility scooter to your hotel. The benefits of renting off-site include weekly rental rates, access to the wheelchair or mobility scooter at all times during your vacation and not having to rely on availability (or lack thereof) of wheelchairs and ECVs at the parks.

Using Complimentary Theme Park Transportation

If you are renting a wheelchair or mobility scooter off-site (or you are bringing your own) and will be staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you will have access to complimentary theme Wheelchair Accessibility on Disney Busespark transportation. The Disney buses are wheelchair accessible and the Cast Members are very helpful in the process of loading and unloading. Depending on the time of year, however, the Disney buses can be very crowded. If you are visiting during a peak season, you may want to consider renting a car. (Other transportation modes such as the Monorail and Ferry Boat are also wheelchair accessible.)

If You Are Renting a Car...

If you use a Disabled Parking Permit, be sure to bring it with you on vacation. As long as you have a valid permit and identification, you can use it in your rental car. When you enter the parking lots at the theme parks, the Cast Members will direct you to the Disabled Parking Area.

Arrive Early for Wheelchair Accessible Viewing AreasAmerica Gardens Theatre at Epcot

Most show theaters and entertainment locations at the Disney parks have designated wheelchair accessible viewing areas. If it is a busy time of year, you will need to arrive to the shows in plenty of time to secure one of these spots. Attending Cast Members will be glad to show you where these areas are located.

When You Must Transfer to a Ride Vehicle

While most attractions, restaurants, shops and shows are wheelchair accessible there are some cases when guests may need to transfer from their wheelchairs onto a ride vehicle. Disney Cast Members are not permitted to physically lift guests from wheelchairs, so we recommend traveling with someone Designated Wheelchair Parking at Magic Kingdomwho can physically assist you if necessary. There is designated wheelchair parking outside the attractions that require transferring to the ride vehicle.

Here is a list of rides that require transferring from your wheelchair to the ride vehicle:

Magic Kingdom: Astro Orbiter, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo The Flying Elephant, The Haunted Mansion, Mad Tea Party, Main Street Vehicles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway

Epcot: Maelstrom, Mission: SPACE, Spaceship Earth, Soarin', Test Track

Disney's Hollywood Studios: Rock 'n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Star Tours, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney's Animal Kingdom: DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, Primeval Whirl

Click on the links below for helpful photo guides:

Magic Kingdom

Epcot

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Animal Kingdom

For Disney's Guests with Disabilities page, click here.

Happy Traveling!

Keep hopping, Leap!
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Jan 28, 2019 at 12:45 a.m. Linda Says...

What prevents someone from taking your wheelchair while you are on rides?

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Jan 30, 2019 at 9:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

We would hope their moral character would keep them from taking a wheelchair while its occupant is on a ride! If you have an electric wheelchair, take the key with you. Some rides like Radiator Springs Racers and Toy Story Midway Mania, Star Tours, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and the Haunted Mansion have somewhat secure and supervised loading and storage areas for people using wheelchairs. On other rides, the parking areas are outside the ride. We do not believe this is a problem. Just take any valuables with you, and if you cannot find your chair, get a cast member to help you.

Leap

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Jan 25, 2018 at 5:37 a.m. Bobby Saint Says...

I like that you provided some insights and benefits for using a wheelchair rental on a theme park vacation such as the fact that you can use it for the whole day while paying a fixed price. This would surely benefit those who have plans of park hopping. Plus, there are also some theme parks that offer complimentary wheelchairs that people can use from the parking lot up to the entrance of the park. I would definitely take this into consideration if I were to rent a wheelchair for my mother in law. Thanks. http://www.expressmobilityservices.com/rentals

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Oct 5, 2015 at 3:57 p.m. Charles Says...

If you are using a mobility scooter for the Disneyland Parks, take a shuttle to travel from hotel and back, you will need all of the battery power the scooter can hold. Also, if you do run out of power, look for outlets in the planters, few staff know of their locations and will tell you to go to the entrance. Power outlets are actually located outside of the park. Ask staff instead for location of parade handicap viewing areas, outlets are there. Also look for street vendors, they need power too.

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Oct 5, 2015 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Charles,

Thanks for the tips!

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Aug 25, 2015 at 11:39 a.m. MAGED ZAKI Says...

Hi there

I already booked to visit Orlando on 11 Sept, till 9,October 2015

And I have problem with my right Ankle ( operations) and I cannot walk long distance

So I need to Rent ECV during my stay there might for the whole month

What is the price for the 30 days? And my weight is about 125 KG ( 240 lbs)

What else you require to complete the deal?

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Sep 2, 2015 at 9:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi back,

Disney World rents ECVs for a daily price of $50 (plus $20 refundable deposit if you’re renting inside the parks or a $100 refundable deposit if you’re renting in Downtown Disney).

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/ecv-rentals/

The maximum weight is 450 lbs., so you don’t have to worry about that. Guests must be at least 18 years of age and have a photo ID to rent an ECV. There are also other ECV rental locations throughout the local area other than those inside Disney World that might offer a better deal for length-of-stay rentals.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jul 2, 2013 at 3:17 a.m. cathy Says...

Used 1 of the 4 Disney recommended ECV rentals. Best Price Mobility. The ECV was waiting for us when we checked in. NO hassle at all. We got the added canopy & basket for shade & storage. We found the ECV faster with the canopy in a crowd. Although kids are technically not allowed to ride with an adult, they never stopped grandma from taking 1 grand child at any time on her lap. THE BEST. Getting on the buses & monorail sometimes had a little wait time, but not long. I drove it a little and it was easy & smooth to drive. Go for it!

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