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  • On Mar 29, 2024
    Brian from PA 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 handicapped symbol on the plate of my vehicle, but we are driving my wife's van down from PA. Since I don't have a physical placard to move from vehicle to vehicle how can I park in the handicap areas at the park?

    Hi Brian!

    Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your question as you prepare for your visit to the Walt Disney World Resort! Your planning and consideration for accessibility needs are essential to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable experience during your visit.

    Since the handicapped symbol is on the plate of your vehicle, but you'll be driving your wife's van from Pennsylvania without a physical placard, there are a few steps you can take to park in the handicapped areas at the park. It’s important to ensure that you're able to enjoy your visit with the convenience and accessibility you need.

    Firstly, I would recommend contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or the equivalent agency to inquire about obtaining a temporary or additional handicapped placard that can be used in your wife's van. Many states offer a process for individuals with permanent handicapped plates to obtain a placard for use in another vehicle, especially for situations like yours.

    If obtaining a temporary or additional placard before your trip is not possible, I suggest you reach out to Walt Disney World's Disability Services to inquire as to your options as the current policy states "Parking for Guests with disabilities is available all throughout Walt Disney World Resort. A valid disability parking permit is required." You can reach them at (407) 560-2547 or via email at disability.services@disneyparks.com.

    Disney is committed to accommodating guests with disabilities and offers various services and facilities to help ensure a magical visit for everyone. When you arrive, besides discussing your parking needs, it might also be beneficial to inquire about other accessibility services that might enhance your visit, such as the Disability Access Service (DAS), should you need additional assistance. 

    We hope this information helps, and that you have a magical and seamless experience at Walt Disney World. Should you have any more questions or need further assistance in planning your trip, please do not hesitate to reach out.

    Best wishes for a wonderful trip,

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Meet the Panelist: Yael, Florida

As a native Floridian, I've experienced the Disney Parks in every stage of life: as a child, a teenager, a newlywed, and now as a mom of three. My journey through the magic of Walt Disney World Resort has been filled with unforgettable moments and invaluable insights. Whether you're planning your first or your 100th visit, I'm eager to share my cherished memories and tried-and-true planning tips with you. Let's make your Disney experience as magical as mine have been! Learn More About Yael

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