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  • On Jan 18, 2010
    Christy from KY Asked

    We are going to DW in less than 2 weeks. My kids are 5,2 and 4mths. I recently broke my ankle and will rent an electric scooter. I hear that Disney is "great for people with disabilities" but what should I expect? Should I do anything in adva

    Hey Christy,

    I'm sorry to hear about your ankle but fear not - its true what you've heard - Disney is a great place for people with disabilities & has a section on their website devoted to special needs - click here. There are courtesy wheelchairs in the parking lots to get you to the gate but you can't take them inside the park. I'm not sure if you're planning to rent an ECV at the parks or through a local vendor. If you plan on renting it at the park, keep in mind that the ECV cannot leave the park that you rented it at & they do sell out early. If you plan on visiting the parks for several days & plan to rent at the parks, you may want to think about a "Length of Stay" ticket which will give you a little bit of a discount. 

    If you want to be able to take your ECV anywhere, contact a local vendor. Buena Vista Scooters even has a location on property - check them out at www.buenavistascooters.com. If you've never been on an ECV & get a chance to practice before your trip - I'd recommend you to that. Some of your local stores may have them for their shoppers. They can be tricky especially in the crowds at Disney.

    When you arrive at the parks, stop by Guest Relations to pick up a Guest Assistance Card. You'll only need to obtain one that covers your stay.  Some attractions will require you to transfer out of the ECV to a wheelchair & they will have wheelchairs available for that purpose. Other attractions require guests to be mobile without an ECV or wheelchair. Check the park Guide Maps which will indicate what each attraction requires & be sure to ask Cast Members if you have any questions.

    Take your time & don't overdo it. The broken ankle may slow you down a bit, but it won't keep you from having a magical trip.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.  I'm happy to help!
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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