Disabled person on Kilimanjaro Safari; wheel chair; service animal; Animal Kingdom; cast member
  • On Mar 13, 2024
    Kellie from MA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I have recently had a knee replacement so I don't have a handicap placard but will I be able to use wheelchair line and / parking?

    Hi Kellie,

    I hope your recovery is going smoothly and am glad to see that you are feeling well enough to celebrate at Disney World. Walt Disney World is incredibly accessible for everyone and is easy to navigate with a wheelchair. My family has done it several times and I am always amazed at how they have thought through making their rides and queues so inclusive.

    As with handicap-accessible parking everywhere else, you will need a valid handicap parking tag from your state to be able to utilize Disney World's designated parking for guests with disabilities. These lots are located within walking distance from the theme park entrances and are super convenient. If you do not have a valid disability parking permit, you may want to speak with your doctor about getting a temporary one or contact Disability Services at Disney World before your visit to see what they recommend. Parking in these lots is preferred for guests using personal wheelchairs because the parking lot trams are not set up to accommodate mobility devices.

    If you will not be bringing a wheelchair from your car, you can ask the parking attendant for a spot next to the tram stop in the regular parking lot and they will do everything they can to get you as close as possible to the tram stop. The tram will take you right to the park entrance. Once you make it to the entrance of the theme park, simply stop by Guest Services and rent a wheelchair or ECV for the day. These wheelchairs can not leave the theme park or location you rented them at. If you are park hopping, you will need to get a new wheelchair at each location you visit and can not bring the rented one with you to the next location.

    All of the queues at Disney World are wheelchair accessible. There is not a separate queue and you will be able to enter the line with your party like you normally would. Most Disney World rides will accommodate your wheelchair without transferring or with a quick assisted transfer. I recommend going through the rides that require you to be ambulatory and rides that require you to transfer from a wheelchair before you arrive so you know what to expect. These rides will all allow you to remain in the wheelchair throughout the queue and will only require that you transfer from your wheelchair to the ride vehicle. You may be assisted by your party during this process if needed. Every ride not listed here will allow you to remain in the wheelchair while on the ride.

    I hope you have a wonderful vacation!

    Happy Planning
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