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    Disney World with wheelchairs..

    Hi all,

    I'll be traveling with my family to florida this December. It'll be the first time we will have to push a couple of the older folks in wheelchairs.

    Any tips or suggestions? I've got the "guide for disabled guests" pamphlets from Disney already, but was just wondering if anyone had any stories to share, or tips I could use.

    Thanks so much!!

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    We visited Epcot while my wife was pregnant and I pushed her around in a wheelchair. It was actually pretty easy. Can your relatives transfer from the wheelchair to the ride vehicles? If so you'll find the whole process relatively simple and painfree.

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    We went with my (ex)mother in law in a wheelchair. It is really no big deal (she could transfer - heck she could walk, but anything more than 100 yards required resting) Most of WDW is pretty flat. There are some hills, but no real lung busters

    It was pretty much a non-issue. We got the wheelchair at the resort, and just used it thoughout the parks. I think my ex-father-in-law had to leave a deposit on the chair, or maybe they just copied his drivers license.

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    I would recommend renting a scooters, it is mostly flat but there are a lot of subtle inclines and well that's a lot of pushing. I generally book scooters via walker mobility when needed since they will deliver and pick them up directly to the hotel's and they offer great rates and nice options like sun shades which can make a huge difference in the comfort of the person in them. When my wife broke her foot a couple years back they delivered it to the hotel in about 2 hours and it literally saved the vacation for all of us.
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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    Yes. I agree with everyone. My father broke his ankle right after Katrina, and needed a wheelchair. It didn't make things one bit difficult. Although, I recommend sticking to the handicap areas set off for the parades. People are NOT shy about standing right in front of someone in a wheelchair. ICK.


    And I also agree with Jerren. If possible, rent a scooter. the person might prefer this more. My father always wanted to rent one, but, one was never availiable in the park. We didn't know about renting them off property and having them delivered. So, if you decide to go this route. Definately, get one off property!




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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    We have taken my Dad with us the past couple of years. We use Walker Mobility. Great people and a good price. Both times the scooter was at the hotel waiting for us to arrive. Just an idea.

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    Just one request: please be careful not to hit/runover anyone with your wheelchairs.

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    If you are going to rent a Scooter or ECV, I suggest getting it from Disney themselves. I've seen several occasions where the ones from Walker may lose power and the best we can offer is a regular push wheelchair. But even in that case, someone in your party has to do something with that dead chair. Pushing one of those across the park isn't fun.

    So, if you have a Disney ECV, if it loses power, we can simply get you another one.

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    Don't expect to board attractions immediately.

    I had my grandma in a wheelchair in DCA. We basically ended up just staying in Hollywood Pictures Backlot. There was plenty to do for her in this one area.

    But yeah, don't run over people with your wheelchair or ECV . If they're able to transfer from the chair, makes things easier boarding attractions.

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    If you're tall, you really do want to consider getting a scooter instead. Why? Because bending over to push a low Disney wheelchair up hills will make your back cry after a few hours.

    If they can't transfer, feel free to PM me - my mom can't transfer and we've been to MK and Epcot with her and so have a bit of experience. (And since she's in it all day, every day - we are skilled at pushing it and not hitting anyone. Also - the trick to good seating for parades and such is either A) find the designated handicapped spots or B) find a family that's a bit spread out and ask if they can squeeze together to accomodate a wheelchair - then only one of you stay right behind the wheelchair person. That way, everyone can see and no one feels put out.)

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

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    Re: Disney World with wheelchairs..

    Wow, thanks for all the great advice. I was looking at Walker Mobility and will probably try them out.

    For the most part I THINK my grandparents can move onto the rides okay. My grandpa broke his hip a month ago, but he seems to be moving okay now. Worse case scenario they stop the ride so he can get on right? Like Haunted Mansion for example.

    I asked them if they wanted a ECV but it doesn't seem like they're interested. Guess I better start working out now

    Thanks again for the help!

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