Disabled man getting on Expedition Everest; animal kingdom; cast member
  • On Mar 21, 2024
    Paola from AK Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello. I was wondering if I bring a senior to the park with me if there an option for us to be able to skip the lines since he is elderly and can’t stand for long periods of time?

    Hello, Paola, and thanks for coming to planDisney with your question! One of the most magical things about the Walt Disney World Resort is its commitment to inclusiveness for all guests, including those with limited mobility, so I'm happy to chat with you today about options to ensure your senior friend will be able to comfortably access rides, shows, and attractions during your visit!

    One of the best accommodations provided for guests with mobility limitations is that the queues for attractions throughout the Walt Disney World Resort allow guests utilizing a wheelchair or ECV to remain seated in these devices throughout the queue. Cast Members will then be happy to help the guests transfer to the ride vehicle when it is time to board! My own parents rely on ECVs to get around the parks due to mobility issues, and the Cast Members are always super friendly and helpful with this process! You can read all about the Services for Guests with Mobility Disabilities online to help answer any additional questions and to clarify which rides and attractions will require a transfer.

    I'd also like to mention that wheelchairs and ECVs are accommodated on Disney buses, the Disney Monorail, and Disney Skyliner. My parents do choose to rent an ECV from an outside company so that they do not have to return it before leaving the park at the end of the day; there are a variety of companies that offer delivery directly to your Disney Resort Hotel, including Disney's preferred partner, Scooter Bug. You can also rent wheelchairs and ECVs in the parks directly if you would prefer.

    Another accommodation that your senior friend might look into is the Disability Access Service (DAS), which is not directly related to mobility limitations, but does offer an alternative digital wait for rides and attractions for guests who qualify. If your friend does meet the eligibility requirements, pre-registration is available online through a video chat anywhere from 2 to 30 days in advance of your visit. My parents utilized this service for the first time last month as well, and they said it made a huge difference to their vacation experience.

    Paola, I hope this information is helpful as you plan for your vacation! Please come back to planDisney anytime if we can help again; wishing you a magical, inclusive visit and all the magic in the (Disney) World!

    See you real soon,
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Meet the Panelist: Alison, Louisiana

I'm Alison - a wife, mom, and teacher from New Orleans, LA. My first childhood visit to the Walt Disney World Resort sparked a lifelong love of this magical place, and I still find magic in both the new and nostalgic on each visit! I understand the changing dynamics of planning a practically perfect vacation; no matter how large your group is or what your interests are, I look forward to helping you create magical memories and discover unique experiences to make them even more enchanting! Learn More About Alison

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