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  • On Nov 8, 2012
    Heather from NH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have a condition that makes walking long distances tough so we have rented a manual wheelchair for our trip to WDW. If I want to walk short distances or for part of the day w/ my husband and son, is there a place in the parks I can store the wheelchair?

    Hmmm, that's kind of a tricky question, Heather.  As you will see when you arrive, there is designated stroller and wheelchair parking in various locations around the parks.  It's quite prevalent; you will definitely see mass numbers of empty strollers and wheelchairs near most attractions.  Here's the tricky part, though: those "parking" areas are not exactly meant to be used long term.  In other words, most people just leave their wheels parked long enough to experience an attraction.  On more than one occasion my family has exited an attraction only to find that the cast members have moved our strollers in an effort to facilitate better traffic flow.  It's not a problem at all in those cases, but I'm not sure how confident I'd feel leaving my rented wheelchair in an unattended place for an extended time.  My recommendation would be to use the wheelchair to move between lands, or areas of the park.  Once you get somewhere (Fantasyland, for example) and you plan to linger there awhile, go ahead and leave the wheelchair in an appropriate space and just go back for it before moving on the next area of the park.  Also, do mark it with a ribbon or something to differentiate it from the others.  I hope that helps!
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Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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