Mom And Son On Run
  • On May 31, 2009
    Marie from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are planning our first trip to DisneyWorld sometime in 2010. My husband has COPD but is not yet in a wheel chair. We were thinking of staying 5-6 nights and staying at the Boardwalk Inn. What is our best way to get around?

    Hi, Marie!  My mom also has COPD, and for her, the easiest method of transportation is a scooter or ECV.  I'm not sure where your husband is in the management of his disease, but my mom carries a portable oxygen tank with her, and even though it comes in a case that she can sling over her shoulder, having the scooter with a basket just makes things easier on her.

    Another reason we like the scooters is because my mom has a harder time breathing when it's hot and humid outside, so she seems to rely more on her oxygen.  If this is an issue for your husband, the scooter definitely makes it easier, as they aren't exerting as much energy as they would walking.

    ECV rentals can be made as soon as you get into each theme park, and they are $45 per day to rent.  The bad thing about them is that you cannot take them out of the theme parks, so if your husband needs one for other times during your trip, you might have to look at an off site agency to rent from.  You can get some information from this website on some Orlando area scooter rental locations.

    You will be able to take the scooters on any of the Walt Disney World forms of transportation, and many of them fit into car trunks.  I know for my mom, even in the early stages of her COPD, having the ECV was a vacation saver for her!

    Have a wonderful trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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