Man in wheelchair on Expedition Everest
  • On Jul 10, 2021
    Rachel from MA Asked

    My husband recently became disabled and is now in a wheelchair. Which resort has the best accessibility accommodations?

    Hi Rachel,

    Thank you for stopping by planDisney with a question!

    Let me first send lots of positive energy your way as you all try to navigate life with a wheelchair. My husband had some mobility issues for a few years and we came to really appreciate the Services for Guests with Disabilities offered at the Walt Disney World Resort. The Guides for Guests with Disabilities have been especially helpful. Check out each one for Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

    I also suggest that you review the Services for Guests with Disabilities at Disney Resort Hotels. Although each Disney Resorts Collection hotel can accommodate Guests with Disabilities, remember that some resorts are more expansive than others with multiple buildings. I would suggest a resort hotel with a main building that has easy elevator access. Two of my favorites would be Disney's Contemporary Resort and Disney's Riviera Resort. With these two resorts, you would have access to multiple dining and transportation options. Disney's BoardWalk Inn might be a nice option also. We actually stayed in an accessible room at Disney's Contemporary Resort one year and it was quite lovely. One small feature that I loved was that the room door shut slowly. It gave us plenty of time to get through!

    With other resort hotels, like Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, your room could be in a building that is located a distance away from the main building and the walk to the main building for food might get old after a while. If you are on a tighter budget, however, you may want to stay at Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort. Those rooms are typically more affordable than Disney's Contemporary and Disney's Riviera Resorts.

    Rachel, keep the planning going! If you need to rent a wheelchair, check out our Wheelchair Rentals and consider renting an Electric Conveyance Vehicle (ECV). My husband found the ECV much easier to maneuver around the parks. I am so excited that you are planning to visit, and I trust that you will find the support services helpful!

    Magic and memories,
    Donyell
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Meet the Panelist: Donyell, North Carolina

Hello from North Carolina! I am a mom of twin girls, wife, and university professor who has been inspired by the creativity of Disney for a lifetime. Since my first Disney visit when I was 12-years-old, I have been drawn to the adventures crafted by Disney Imagineers. Planning Disney vacations helps connect me to families who will find in Disney the kind of joy my family has experienced over the years. Allow me to help you map your own Disney journey so that you, too can create the memories of a lifetime! Learn More About Donyell

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