Child in wheelchair watching parade
  • On Nov 14, 2019
    Angela from NL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be traveling to Disney World for Christmas and are wondering if they rent wheelchairs to children? Our 8 year old son is autistic and we have been told a wheelchair would help to keep his spacing in crowds and waiting in lines. Thanks!

    Hello Angela!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! There are many services available to families with special needs at the Walt Disney World Resort. If waiting in the queues will pose a challenge to your son, you may want to consider a Disability Access Service or DAS pass to maximize your child’s enjoyment of their day. This pass is essentially a line holder, and the pass maintains your place in the queue. While waiting for your turn, you can walk around, grab a snack, shop, or whatever works best for your needs.

    If you feel you’d like to rent a wheelchair for your child, as long as an adult over the age of 18 is the Guest requesting and paying for the rental, you are welcome to use the chair for your child. In park rentals can be done on a daily or length of stay basis, but those chairs must be returned to the park entrance before you leave. If you think that turning the wheelchair in and walking to the parking lot or bus is something that will work for your child, this may be a good option for you.

    If you’d like to have the wheelchair with you at all times, such as in the parking lot or at your resort, ScooterBug is Disney’s Featured Provider and they rent not just ECV’s but standard wheelchairs and strollers. You can even have items delivered directly to your Walt Disney World Resort Hotel! Alternately, ScooterBug offers a special stroller for larger kids and smaller adults with adaptive needs and holds up to 200lbs. You can even have a stroller tagged as a wheelchair if needed so that your child can stay in the stroller in ride queues just as if it were a wheelchair.

    I hope this information is helpful, Angela! Please let us know what other questions you have as you plan your visit. We are here to help!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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