Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Oct 10, 2011
    Cathy from LA 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.

    Hi Panel Since I will be using an ECV, I have been reading about access to rides. When they say you must be ambulatory, do they mean you have to stand in line or is that just to board rides? Can you go thru the que on the ECV?

    Hi Cathy,

    Disney does everything they can to make their attractions as handicapped accessible as possible.

    Some attractions allow guests to remain in their ECVs to enjoy.  Others require guests that are using ECVs to transfer to a wheelchair in order to board.  They will have courtesy wheelchairs at those attractions for use while on the attraction.  Other attractions require guests to transfer from ECVs and wheelchairs to board.

    Guests are allowed to remain in their ECVs or wheelchairs while in the queues.  Some queues are wide enough to accommodate ECVs and wheelchairs.  If not, there are alternate entrances.  A Cast Member will assist you and will ask if you are able to walk a short distance or stand for a few moments.  They will make every effort to get you as close as possible before you have to transfer to the ride vehicle.  Safety is a top priority at Disney.

    There is a section on the WDW website devoted to Guests with Disabilities that you might find helpful. Be sure to pay special attention to the Guests with Mobility Disabilities section that will provide you with information regarding which attractions require guests to transfer from their wheelchairs & ECVs.

    Be sure to pick up a Guide for Guests with Disabilities at Guests Relations when you enter the parks. You can also download them prior to your trip at the Guests with Disabilities link shown above. 

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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