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  • On Nov 9, 2020
    Geneva from TX Asked

    are walkers for elderly allowed at Disney springs?

    Hi Geneva,

    Welcome back to planDisney!  We appreciate you stopping by again with your vacation planning question ~ there is nothing we enjoy more than planning Disney vacations!

    You will be happy to know that mobility devices are allowed inside the 4 Disney theme parks and at Disney Springs.  It has been my experience as a longtime Disney fan and a Physical Therapist, that the Walt Disney World Resort is one of the best disability friendly and accessible vacation destinations around.  In fact my experience with this occurred firsthand during my honeymoon, which was also my first visit.  Not being the most nimble of gals, I thought I could watch the overhead fireworks display while walking down the sidewalk.  Needless to say, I accidentally stepped off the curb and sprained my ankle and was in a wheelchair for the remainder of the visit.  At first I was distraught and thought my honeymoon was going to be a disaster, until we adventured out the next day and discovered I could do practically anything I wanted (except walk down a sidewalk looking up at the fireworks ~ I'm NOT good at that).

    Geneva, I have a tip for you:  consider renting a wheelchair or an ECV in addition to using the walker for the elderly Guest in your party.  It is my experience with my own family members that the addition of this type of mobility device will enhance your vacation experience by providing more rest for the Guest with mobility issues.  It is no fun to have your vacation experience limited by tired or painful limbs, and using these types of conveyance devices can make the vacation experience even better.  Even Guests who do not usually utilize this type of device in their daily life can find it enhances their experience while on vacation.  Rentals are available inside each of the 4 theme parks and Disney Springs, and can be purchased for single or multiple days.  Additionally, if you would like the usage of one of these devices outside of the theme parks then consider renting from Disney's Featured Provider: Scooterbug.  Besides being able to take the rented scooter or wheelchair outside of the theme parks, if you rent from Scooterbug and are staying at a Disney Resort hotel then the Cast Member at your Resort will work with Scooterbug to manage the delivery and return.

    Finally, here is a link for Services for Guests With Disabilities which has further detailed information regarding the many disability services at Walt Disney World Resort.  One particular link in that page that I think may be of interest to you is the link for Mobility Disabilities which has a listing of the accessibility for each attraction in the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Thank you for stopping by with your question and it was great to hear from you again!  As you continue planning your Magical vacation, please stop by and see us again with any of your vacation planning questions.

    Brenda
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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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