• On Jan 11, 2020
    Janice from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Due to pneumonia, I have no energy to walk long distances or stand for long periods. I've rented a scooter so I can keep up with everyone. How difficult are they to maneuver through crowds? Would a horn help? Or should I just stay at the resort 

    Hi Janice,

    I'm sorry you've been ill, but I'm so happy you reached out with your question. I hope I can put your mind at ease so that you can enjoy your Walt Disney World vacation to its fullest. 

    I've recently had personal experience with a similar situation. After an accident this fall, my mobility was seriously compromised for several weeks. We had two long-planned Disney weekends scheduled during my convalescence, and I was nervous about how it would go and whether we should cancel. 

    I can't tell you how relieved I was to experience first-hand how accommodating every cast member and person I encountered on my visits were to me -- from the front desk personnel at the resorts to the bus drivers to the hostesses and servers at the restaurants. Everyone made me feel at ease about my situation.

    On one trip, I rented the scooter from the theme parks, using my personal wheelchair to get into and out of the parks. On another, I rented a scooter for my length of stay from ScooterBug, which is the Disney Featured Provider. I definitely recommend a third-party rental because those ECVs are lighter, more nimble, more comfortable and more economical than the ones in the parks. Plus, there can be a lot of walking in the resorts and you will want your wheels there. 

    I was apprehensive about boarding the bus on a scooter, but it was a breeze. I even sat in my scooter during lunch at Disney Springs, dinner at an outdoor restaurant at our resort and drinks at a couple of resort lounges. 

    I didn't attempt any rides or attractions because of my severely compromised mobility, but I have no doubts that you will find those queues accommodating to your needs.

    My biggest issue with being on a scooter was worrying about running into other guests. People do have a tendency to stop short or dart in front of you, so you have to be vigilant. But the scooters stop quickly and you soon get the hang of it. They have a horn and a back-up beeper, just in case.

    Certainly, you don't want to push yourself too hard as you continue to recover from your illness, Janice, but I hope you find that your enjoyment won't be compromised, even if you have to take it a little easier than you normally would.

    Please let me know if I can help in any other way. I am so glad I didn't cancel our trips. A couple of visits to Walt Disney World was just what I needed to help me heal -- mind, body and spirit.


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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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