• On Sep 18, 2017
    Joan from GA 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.

    Have reservations at Tusker House at 8:40 am, before the park opens at 9. My husband needs to rent an ECV. Will he be able to get it before the gates open since we will be going in earlier. Concerned that they be out if he has to go later. Thanks!

    Hi Joan ~

    I always love hearing from a fellow Georgia Peach! Breakfast at Tusker House is a great way to start a magical day.

    Typically, the rental locations for strollers, wheelchairs, and ECV are open when Guests are in the parks including morning Extra Magic Hours and early morning dining reservations. ECV rentals at Disney's Animal Kingdom are available at Garden Gate Gifts which is located just inside the entrance on the far right side.

    If for some reason they are not open when you enter, I would send someone back as soon as you finish breakfast to rent an ECV for your husband so that he doesn't have to make the trip back to the front gate. A refundable deposit is required in addition to the daily rental fee for ECVs.

    ECVs may not be removed from the destination where they were rented, but you only have to pay once per day to rent an ECV. If you plan to visit more than one theme park during a day, you can show your receipt at the ECV rental location in the next theme park to get an ECV. This is based upon availability as there are a limited number of ECVs. If you plan to leave and return to the same park on the same day, your ECV can be held for you. ECVs are available on a first-come, first-served basis and reservations are not accepted.

    If you feel that your husband would need to use the ECV outside of a theme park, there are several Orlando-area companies that also offer ECVs rentals. Pre-orders and deliveries to Walt Disney World Resort hotels are available through these providers. You can find a suggested list of local companies on the link provided above.

    Please feel free to visit us again with all of your planning questions. We are hEAR for you!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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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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