Woman in wheelchair with man
  • On Mar 21, 2021
    Nancy from WA Asked

    My dad has recently had some health issues and we are thinking he may not be able to handle all the walking we will be doing, what options are there for rentals and what is allowed (rascal, wheelchair, etc)?

    Hey there, Nancy! 

    I completely understand your situation. We frequently visit Walt Disney World with my in-laws who have some mobility issues but do not own their own wheelchair or ECV (scooter).

    You will have a couple of options, depending on your exact situation. 

    The first option is to rent a wheelchair or ECV inside the theme parks. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis, but I have personally never had an issue getting one right when the park opens. 

    Now, Nancy, in-park rentals must stay in the park, and it can be a very long walk to and from the parking lot and to get back to your hotel room at the end of a long day. If you feel that your father would struggle with these distances then I recommend that you rent a scooter from a third-party company. Most of these rental companies deliver to the resort area hotels. ScooterBug is the Disney Featured Provider meaning that they are the only company who can drop off your rental at Bell Services at your Disney Resorts Collection hotel without you being there for pick up. 

    What I found wonderful about using the ECV over the push wheelchair during our trip was that no one had to push it! We also found that my father-in-law was able to stay in the ECV in almost every line, leading to a much more relaxed trip. While our scooter battery lasted all day, there was no shortage of charging stations around the parks, just remember to bring your key if you are leaving it!

    I hope that this gave you a bit of insight, Nancy. Please come back here if we can answer any other questions to make your trip as magical as you are. 

    See you real soon!

    Sarah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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