Disneyland- Mainstreet Station; day; train pulling in
  • On Mar 16, 2024
    Lily from OH 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 in my second trimester of my pregnancy and wondering if I can rent a wheelchair at Disneyland and California Adventure Park. Can my 4 year ride on my lap if its a manual wheelchair? Can I leave the park and pick back up the wheelchair when I return?

    Hi Lily! Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney.

    Congratulations on your upcoming arrival! Your arrival at Disneyland Resort is only the second most exciting thing in your future, but you'll be making memories to last a lifetime. The good news is that Disneyland Resort offers lots of tasty non-alcoholic beverages and prides itself on making its parks accessible, so you won't have to miss out on most of the fun. There are a few Attractions with an Expectant Mother Advisory, which you'll want to skip this time around, but as long as you can transfer from your mobility device, you won't find too many experiences that require you to be ambulatory.

    I've been in your position: in the second trimester of my pregnancy, ready to enjoy a babymoon at the parks, and suddenly not capable of walking more than a few steps. We rented a manual wheelchair for the day and that convenience saved the trip for us. I was able to enjoy the parks pain-free, while my husband pushed. The pushing can get tiring, however. If the other adult in your party thinks pushing might be too much as the day goes on, consider renting an ECV.

    The rental location for wheelchairs and ECV is outside the parks east of the Disneyland Park entrance. Find it on the map on the Disneyland mobile app by switching from "Attractions" at the top to "Guest Services." Look for the ECV icon to the right of the entrance.

    It is possible to leave and come back. When you drop off your mobility device as you leave, you'll be refunded your deposit. Hold on to your rental receipt! When returning, present that original receipt at the rental location and you'll receive another mobility device. However, be aware that availability could have changed since you left. Wheelchairs and ECV rental availability is not guaranteed. If there is availability, you'll have to pay the refundable deposit again for the new mobility device, but you won't have to rent a second time. Then, when you return the mobility device for the final time, you'll receive your deposit back again.

    I checked the Park Rules about having a child ride in your lap, and according to the current guidelines, mobility devices should be single rider. The rental page also notes that wheelchairs aren't designed for more than one person and Guests need to ride solo on an ECV. Disneyland Resort security or a Cast Member might ask that you remove your child from your lap if they see them riding with you in a manual wheelchair. These rules are typically made with safety in mind.

    If your little one needs to walk, it is feasible. Take lots of breaks! You'll both appreciate it. Stop for a snack and enjoy people-watching from a shaded spot or a bench. Choose Attractions that give your feet a good rest like "it's a small world" in Fantasyland or the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park, which has stations in several locations. Enjoy parades, fireworks, and entertainment, which give everyone a breather for the length of the show. Little ones can get tired quickly with all the excitement in the parks, so a slower pace isn't a bad thing.

    I hope this helps! Have a magical time.

    Elizabeth
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Meet the Panelist: Elizabeth, Missouri

Hello from St. Louis! I'm Elizabeth, a professor, wife, and mother to two little boys. We love to travel as a family, and Disneyland Resort is the place where we laugh more and make the happiest memories. We've done everything from solo to big multi-generational trips, and I've got the tips and tricks for traveling with little ones to help ensure your experience is truly magical. Learn More About Elizabeth

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