Man in wheelchair on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 29, 2019
    Phyllis from IL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! Unfortunately, I'll be needing to rent a scooter once we arrive at DW in mid-January. I'm wondering if the park scooters have an option to add a rear basket to carry extra's and/or a water bottle holder?

    Hi Phyllis,

    I'm sorry you find yourself in need of a scooter, but I can tell you from recent experience that Walt Disney World is incredibly accessible for those with mobility challenges. After an accident that limited my ability to stand or walk for several weeks, I relied on a scooter on two visits and never felt awkward. 

    The ECVs for rent at the theme parks have a basket in the front, but I do not believe there is an option to add a rear basket or a water bottle. I found those ECVs to be a little bulky and difficult to drive. The in-park rentals also are generally more expensive than those offered by third-party vendors, and you can't take them from the park. I used my personal wheelchair to get to the rental location inside of Epcot and was able to check my wheelchair until my departure that night.

    I was more satisfied with the ECV I rented from ScooterBug, which is the Disney Featured Provider of rental ECVs. Besides being much more economical, the ScooterBug ECV was lighter, more nimble and more comfortable. It was delivered to my Walt Disney World resort, and when we checked out, all we had to do was leave it with Bell Services. (Having the ECV at the resort also gave me far more freedom than my wheelchair allowed). The ScooterBug came equipped with a basket on the front, and additional accessories are available for rent, such as a cane holder or a drink holder.

    I know there are a number of other companies that offer rental services in the Walt Disney World area. I don't have personal experience with any of them, but I believe they offer similar equipment and delivery service. If you rent from another company, you will need to be present at your Walt Disney World resort to accept delivery.

    It was easy to ride the ECV onto the Disney buses, and the drivers all were extremely helpful in getting the scooter secured for the trip to the theme parks and Disney Springs. 

    Thanks for your question, Phyllis. I hope you find the right rental for you to make your visit comfortable and carefree. Please let me know if I can help in any other way.  Enjoy!

    Wilma
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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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