• On May 22, 2019
    Diana from NJ 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.

    Hello, My father is 93 and has very limited mobility (can walk a couple of blocks then needs a break) but would love to experience Disney World. What suggestions do you have for lodging and getting around the parks? We are on a limited budget. Thanks!

    Hello Diana. Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question.

    I think it is amazing that you want to take your father to Walt Disney World. Everyone should get to experience the magic, no matter what age. What's even more amazing is just how accessible Disney makes it to enjoy all of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. My first piece of advice is for you to rent an Electric Conveyance Vehicle, or ECV, while you are vacationing for your father. You can rent one when you arrive at each of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks but they must be returned when you leave that park each day. If you are worried about your father being able to get around the Walt Disney World Resort Hotel that you'll be staying at, I suggest renting one from a Disney Featured Provider. These companies will deliver them to your Disney Resort Hotel and pick them up when your vacation is over. Here are the approved vendors, you can find the phone number for each company on the page I've linked for you:
    • Best Price Scooters and Strollers
    • Apple Scooter
    • ScooterBug
    • Buena Vista Scooter Rentals
    Once you have an ECV, waiting in line won't be a problem either. There are several attractions where your father will actually be able to stay seated in his ECV the whole time. Other attractions, he might be asked to transfer into a wheelchair that they'll provide for you and a few attractions he will be asked to stand to transfer on the attractions. You can find all of this information listed out Theme Park by Theme Park on the Mobility Disabilities page of the Walt Disney World website (linked for you as well). 

    Every Walt Disney World Resort Hotel has accessible rooms that can accommodate a wheelchair or ECV. If you book one of these accessible rooms over the phone, I'd ask the Cast Member helping you to make a note on your account that you'd like to be placed in the closest building to the main area of the Resort Hotel due to your father's mobility issues. While requests aren't guaranteed, they will do their best to make it happen if at all possible. 

    I hope this helps point you in the right direction. I know that this will be a trip that you'll never forget. If you have any other questions, I'd love for you to come back and ask me. Happy planning! 
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Meet the Panelist: Jackie, North Carolina

I love all things Walt Disney World.  In fact, since becoming Annual Passholders, my family of 3 is always hopping in the car for a quick trip to visit with Mickey Mouse!  I've been known to make the 8 hour each way drive to Walt Disney World (in one day!) to indulge in a Mickey Waffle or enjoy a sunny day at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.  I may have a small family, but we are always up for some BIG fun at the Walt Disney World Resort.   Learn More About Jackie

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