disabled girl with family and Cinderella
  • On Feb 9, 2023
    Mike from RI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a child with Down syndrome she is 80 pounds. I don’t think that she will enjoy walking the parks but has loved the parks when she was small enough for a stroller . I just wonder if there is a stand and push for her or is a wheelchair option? Thanks

    Hi Mike,

    Welcome to planDisney, where we join Walt Disney’s welcome to all who come to the happy place!
    How exciting to have a Walt Disney World Resort trip coming up in June! Sounds like a practically perfect way to begin the summer holidays. I’m sure your daughter can't wait, especially with so many new things happening at Walt Disney World in the year ahead.  Mike, like you, we want her to have a magical time on your family’s vacation, so I have a few tips for you that have worked for our extended family on trips with a family member needing a little extra assistance.
    Wheelchair rental is certainly an option. Wheelchairs are available for rent at all four theme parks, Disney Springs, Disney Water Parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports. You can rent strollers by the day or purchase a Length of Stay Rental. For daily rentals, you pay at the first location you enter and then you can use a wheelchair at any of the locations. You will return the wheelchair upon leaving each location, so you won’t have access to it during transportation or exploring an area such as Disney’s BoardWalk. For Length of Stay, the purchase is only transferable between Disney theme parks. If you only need a wheelchair while in the theme parks, this might be a great option to save time so you can spend more time in the parks making memories.  

    Mike, Walt Disney World also has a Disney Featured Provider, Scooterbug, for mobility assistance rentals. Scooterbug offers a Freedom Push Adaptive Needs stroller that can accommodate up to 200 pounds. It might be a great and comfortable option for your daughter, and I’ve found it to be a little easier to maneuver through the parks. You can learn more about Scooterbug on the Walt Disney World website. 

    Another option is to explore the Disability Access Service for Guests who have difficulty tolerating extended waits in a conventional queue environment. While it doesn’t give you immediate access to attractions, it does give a return time to minimize the time standing in line. You can discuss this option, and if qualified, pre-register for DAS Advance virtually with a Cast Member, using live video chat up to 30 days in advance of your first park visit, but no less than 2 days before arrival. 

    As you know, Mike, Walt Disney World is committed to making magic for all Guests by removing barriers as much as possible, including experiencing attractions. For instance, on TRON Lightcycle / Run, which opens soon at Magic Kingdom Park, there are adaptive seats making the ride more available to more Guests. So, if your family wants to join the race across the Grid or any other amazing attraction but aren’t sure if it's right for you, be sure to ask a Cast Member for assistance.
    I hope this information is helpful to you, Mike. I imagine that your daughter is a magic-maker in her own right and will lead your family on another enchanted vacation enjoying all that Walt Disney World resort has to offer! Please stop by with any other questions and allow us the privilege of helping you create magical memories.

    See ya real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Shannon, Georgia

Hi friends! I'm Shannon, a dreamer and a doer who loves exploring everything from the new to the nostalgic at Walt Disney World Resort. For three generations my family has been making Walt Disney World memories, so I know about creating a lifetime of magical memories at any time of life. Whether it's your first or 50th Disney vacation, an ultimate dream trip, or a quick getaway, I'll help you navigate your planning so you can create your own magical memories!

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