Disneyland Resort Scooter Adventure
Iíd asked for some advice on renting a scooter here so I thought Iíd let everyone know what my experience was like. I have a herniated disc and a slipped vertebra above that. I am ambulatory and day to day life is generally not affected. However, walking long distances or standing for long periods of time cause great pain in my right leg. The Disneyland Resort is nothing but standing and walking so I rented scooter and Iím so glad I did.
We visited the resort for my oldest sonís graduation. We did five days, a real marathon. In the past since my back problem has emerged, two days was my limit. Day three was usually painful or spent in the hotel. This time, I was going strong right up until the end of day 5. Really made the trip enjoyable instead of a constant battle with the pain. I felt self-conscious at first but I got over it and the cast members were all helpful and friendly about it. I even got a few people asking me where I rented the scooter and telling me they wish they had one for this medical issue or that.
So first off, I went with Apple Scooter instead of Deckardís. They had a website and I reserved online. I called to verify a couple of days before and everything was in order. The scooter was delivered to the Grand Californian on Sunday as requested all charged and ready to go. I used it every day and plugged it in when back at the room. The battery meter never budged, even after hours of use. The price, about $120, for six days was reasonable and the scooter never failed us. I dropped it off at the bell desk when we left. Easy peasy. I recommend them.
Now the resort is really a tale of two parks. Disneyland, most of which is decades old if not over half a century, is more cramped and not as scooter or wheelchair friendly as California Adventure. I never took my scooter into a queue in DL or used the handicap entrance. You canít take a scooter into most queues in DL anyway. We made effective use of early mornings, wait time apps and Fastpasses, as well as my ability to stand in line for short time, up to 30 minutes. I refused to use the handicapped entrance since I didnít need them and I didnít want to clog them up for the people that did. That is an option if you arenít ambulatory.
California Adventure is another story. The park is all fairly new. Most queues are accessible and the park itself is just easier to navigate. I took the scooter into Monsterís Inc., Toy Story Mania, Radiator Springs Racers and the Fun Wheel. All were easy to navigate and they had means to serve scooter and wheelchair bound guests in the main queue, usually having me park my scooter or doing for me while I was on the ride. I could have done others rides but the lines were short or we had Fastpasses. In fact, some of the Cast Members were almost militant (in a good way) about it insisting I come in with my scooter (Monsters, Inc.) or offering alternate queues (Tower of Terror with not stairs). I took the stairs anyway because Iím stubborn and Iím able.
Mostly, I just parked my scooter near a ride amongst the sea of strollers and walked into the ride but in CA, I wouldnít hesitate to take my scooter in if the line was long. I would only warn that on some rides, like Toy Story Mania, if you can do the stairs at the exit and get in and out of your scooter easily, insist they allow you to use the normal entrance. I got sent to the handicap entrance and we waited a long time for the handicap car to arrive. Luckily, we were the only oneís there so I wasnít clogging up the works. If you need that, however, us it. I tried not to and it worked well. On some rides, however, like Radiator Springs Racers, you must use the handicap area. Thatís how it was designed and it worked rather well.
I didnít use the Disability Access Service card. I never needed it. Your mileage may vary but according to the rules that Iíve read, a wheelchair or scooter will allow you to get a single use pass to use the handicap entrance on a given ride (mostly necessary in Disneyland) and with some planning, waits can be kept short if you are ambulatory. You can always stop by Town Hall and ask if youíre not sure if you need/want one or not. Thatís what they are there for.
I can only add that you shouldnít let your pride get in the way of renting a scooter. They are easy to use and you wonít be alone. The new Disability Access Service cards seem to have cut down on abuse. I didnít see packs of perfectly able teenagers with a scooter or wheelchair using them to avoid lines like I have in the past. Almost to a person all the scooter users were either obviously disabled or ďold peopleĒ like me with bad knees and backs. Still, there werenít as many as I remember in the past.
I was very anxious about five days in the parks but the scooter made them fun instead of a grind. The resort is very receptive to handicapped, apparent or not so apparent (like me), and the Cast Members are all helpful and friendly. If you need a scooter, or ever just want one due to some minor health issue, (bad knee or back, out of shape, injury, advance age, etc.) get one. I will in the future.
Re: Disneyland Resort Scooter Adventure
Great report - thanks for sharing! I'm sure this will be helpful information to many users. Glad you had fun!!