Next week I am probably going to be visiting Disneyland with my Mom, who is a disabled veteran. She can walk for short distances and stand, but there's no way she is going to be able to handle a day in the park if she has to walk all of it. She has a heart condition and just can't do it. She is going to decide if she wants a wheelchair or an ECV, but it's clear that we are going to have to rent something for her.
I've had experience with visiting with friends with GACs, but I've never been at the park with a wheelchair user, so I'm not sure how this is going to go. I know that she will need to use the handicapped entrance at the Fantasyland rides, and that her chair is enough to get her into those queues, she doesn't need a GAC. I also know that in DCA and most of the newer attractions in DLR, like Buzz and Roger Rabbit, we can just use the regular queue, and they'll hold the chair until after the ride. She's not going to want to do any of the e-tickets like Space or Splash, so I'm not worried about those.
Are there any hints or tricks that would make my Mom's visit easier? Anything I absolutely need to know? If she has an ECV will it be charged for the day or will I need to bring it back to guest services to recharge the battery at some point? For instance if we want to see the parade or fireworks, where is the best place to be for a wheelchair user?
We're probably going to take the Disneyland Express back to LAX, and I'm worried about that. I know that the Monorail will be down and I don't know if she can do the walk from the gate to the Disneyland Hotel to catch the DE. Will they let me bring a rented wheelchair to the Disneyland Hotel (I was going to wheel her to the Hotel and then run back to Guest Services to drop off the chair) or is there any sort of tram or golf cart I can ask for to get across Downtown Disney?
Also is there anything special that Disney offers to vets, like a veterans pin at City Hall?
Any help would be appreciated.