Tree of Life at Sunset at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 27, 2023
    Emily from FL 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 am looking at renting an electric wheelchair ( EVC ) on April 17th. Do I need specific documentation to do that? Its a knee surgery. It will be completed April 10th but I have never rented anything before . I don't want to be a bother.

    Hi Emily,

    Thank you so much for visiting planDisney with your Walt Disney World planning question. I am happy to talk to you about the process of renting an Electric Conveyance Vehicle (ECV) at Walt Disney World.

    First off, I want you to please not worry about being a bother! The ECVs are available for rent at Walt Disney World in order to support guests to have the best visit possible. You are absolutely not a bother! I remember one trip we took where a guest in our party was really struggling with all of the walking required on a Walt Disney World trip. A few days into the trip, on our day at Disney's Animal Kingdom, she chose to rent an ECV. She did so every day after that! It so improved her experience to minimize her walking.

    There is not a requirement for documentation to rent an ECV at Walt Disney World. We did not have to provide any when renting the ECV for the member of our party who was experiencing mobility challenges. I suggest that you check out the link I provided at the beginning of this answer for the requirements to do so. Essentially, you must be 18 years of age, provide a photo ID, and the maximum weight for the ECVs is 450 pounds.

    I do want you to be aware of a few things regarding renting an ECV at Walt Disney World, Emily. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, if you are park hopping during the day, your rental will be valid at each theme park; however, you cannot take the ECV from theme park to theme park. So, if you rent an ECV at Magic Kingdom and head later in the day to EPCOT, you will need to return the initial ECV to the location at Magic Kingdom. You can then pick up a new ECV by showing your receipt at the location at EPCOT.

    I you would prefer to have an ECV that you can take with you throughout Walt Disney World, I suggest that you check into ScooterBug. They are listed on the ECV website for Walt Disney World as a featured provider for Disney. Through ScooterBug, you can rent an ECV for the length of your stay at Walt Disney World, and it can travel with you around Walt Disney World.

    Finally, you may want to check out this webpage with information for Walt Disney World guests with mobility disabilities. This page includes information on attraction and transportation access for guests using ECVs, along with other helpful information.

    I hope that this information is helpful for you, Emily. I wish you all of the best with your surgery and recovery. Please do feel free to come back to planDisney if you have any further questions.

    ~ Mona Leigh
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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