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  • On Feb 21, 2023
    Zach from AZ 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 will be having knee surgery in March. My trip is 5 months after the surgery. Is it okay to bring our own wheel chair? What are some fun things to do at the walt Disney world resort with a recovering knee?

    Hi Zach,

    Thank you for stopping by planDisney with your question about wheelchairs and mobility at the Walt Disney World Resort. I am happy to help you find your answer!

    I have good news!  You are absolutely welcome to bring your own wheelchair to the Walt Disney World Resort.  In my opinion, the Walt Disney World Resort is one of the most accessible and accommodating vacation destinations I have ever experienced.  Although you are free to bring your own wheelchair, if your wheelchair is a manual type, you might consider bringing or renting an ECV (Electric Conveyance Vehicle).  The reason I suggest for you to consider an ECV is because the Walt Disney World Resort is quite large and having an ECV can help save your energy for the fun stuff!  Propelling a wheelchair takes considerably more energy than using an ECV, but the choice is up to you.

    Zach, I want to share with you a couple of resources to help you enjoy your vacation to the fullest.  The first link I think you will find helpful is a link to the Guides for Guests with Disabilities.  You can read through these Guides and even print them to bring along with you.  Another handy reference is the Attraction Access Categories page which outlines the accessibility for each attraction in the theme parks.  The Attraction Access Categories indicate whether you will be able to remain in your wheelchair/ECV, need to transfer from it, or need to be ambulatory.  This can be very helpful in planning out which attractions are most important to you.  If you will be able to transfer from your wheelchair into an attraction/ride vehicle there will be so many options, it will be hard to choose.  Just take a look at this link for Attractions for Guests Transferring from a Wheelchair to a Ride Vehicle and you will see what I mean!

    I hope this information helps you plan your upcoming Walt Disney World vacation.  Please come back and visit us again with all of your vacation planning questions. I hope you are able to make this vacation truly Magical!

    See Ya Real Soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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