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  • On Aug 27, 2023
    Duane from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My wife recently had both knees replaced. She should be fine for our upcoming visit. Just a question: if walking the parks gets to be too much for her, can we get a scooter if needed during the day, or do we have to reserve it ahead of time?

    Welcome to planDisney, Duane! I have whozits and whatzits galore to share, including suggestions for helping you and your wife have a magical time on your Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Let's talk about some ways to help flip your fins when visiting the Theme Parks.

    Like our pal Ariel the Little Mermaid, your wife sounds adventurous and brave. And after knee replacement, too! I'm glad you have confidence that she'll be walking around on those, what-do-you-call-em, oh yeah, feet. But I do have some ideas in case she needs a break. 

    First, I suggest you plan your days with as little backtracking as possible. Check out the theme park maps before you arrive and decide how you want to tackle each day. For example, at Magic Kingdom Park, my family always starts to the right in Tomorrowland. We work our way counter-clockwise around the park with a nice lunch break along the way to recharge. Most people will dart here and there if they see a low wait time, but that's where the miles can add up! Stick to your plan, and your little mermaid will have a swimmingly smooth day.

    If you find that she needs some help, I'm happy to say there are wheelchairs and Electric Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs) available to rent at each theme park, Disney Springs, and the water parks. Be sure to review the "Know Before You Go" policies, and remember that these are always subject to availability. The rental stations are usually located near the park entrances, and they're rented on a first-come basis each day. 

    Walt Disney World also partners with ScooterBug, a local company in Orlando. As your trip gets closer, if you think your wife will need help, you can arrange to have a wheelchair or ECV delivered to wherever you're staying. You'd be guaranteed to have it for your visit, but the disadvantage is transporting it to and from the parks. Please call ScooterBug in Orlando at (800) 726-8284 for more details.

    Finally, you're always welcome to bring your own equipment, such as a walker or wheelchair, as long as it meets the guidelines listed in the Property Rules

    Duane, I'm sending pixie dust and jellyfish that you and your wife have fun exploring that shore up above on your upcoming visit. Please stop by planDisney anytime. Ask me your questions to get some answers!

    Magic awaits,
    Elaine
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Meet the Panelist: Elaine, Florida

Bright Suns! I'm Elaine, a retired teacher dividing my time between my home state of Kentucky and the Sunshine State. I married my college sweetheart, and now that our only son is grown, we are exploring the empty-nest life. My family has been visiting Walt Disney World Resort for over 25 years, so if you have questions about adult-only visits, plant-based meals, thrill attractions, and Florida-resident perks, I'm here for you in full Force. Like Yoda would say, "Trips, we will plan!" Learn More About Elaine

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