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Sometimes life has a way of dictating what we write about. Such is the case this
week for my blog post. I’ve always been lucky enough to be healthy, and my only thought about making my way around the parks has been to have a good pair of sneakers. However, a few weeks ago I injured my foot while working out. It has gotten significantly better, but after a busy holiday last weekend I was back to limping and finally decided to call a the doctor. There I learned that I have done damage to the tendons in my foot, and it may not be fully healed by the time I leave for my upcoming trip to Walt Disney World.
This news has got me thinking about what I’m going to do about getting around the parks with a bum foot. My injury is has been symptom free for the last week as long as I stay off my feet as much as possible. I’m afraid it will be seriously aggravated by the ton of walking I usually do when I visit Walt Disney World. So the solution to my problem may be to rent a wheelchair or ECV (Electronic Convenience Vehicle) during my Disney vacation.
The most affordable option is to rent a wheelchair. They are available at the WDW theme parks as well as Down Town Disney for $12 a day. This is probably what I’ll wind up doing. Since I am not positive I will need assistance during part, all, or none of the trip it seems to be the most logical solution for my situation since it will be easy to grab one at park if it is needed. Also, even if I did start to have a bit of pain, I can get around well enough to walk around my resort so I think I’ll only need help when in the parks. You see, if guests rent a wheelchair through Disney they cannot take them back to their resort.
However, if you or your loved one needs a chair in and out of the parks, renting one from a third party may be your best bet. That way wheels will be accessible during your entire trip, rather than only being able to use it at certain times. Keep in mind you will have to either get it into your car, or get special assistance from bus drivers in order to use the Disney transportation system. There are a few third party companies who rent wheelchairs to guests who may need them. However, the ones I came across appeared to be more expensive than the Disney alternative. I think you best bet if someone in your party is need of a wheelchair is to use their own if they have access to one.
Many guests prefer have a bit more independence with an ECV rather than requiring someone to push them in a wheelchair. ECVs will be available at the same kiosks where guests can rent wheelchairs at kiosks near park entrances. They are available at these locations as well as Down Town Disney for $50 a day plus a refundable security deposit. Once again, if maneuvering around the parks is your main concern this may be a good option for you. However, if you require assistance making your way to and from your resort you will want to seek out alternatives.
There are several third party companies who rent ECVs. Many of these rental agents provide different varieties of scooters to suit your needs whereas Disney only provides one type of ECV. Third party options may also be more affordable than renting on property, so shop around before you make your selection. Something to thing about when using another company though, is that you will have to make arrangements prior to your arrival in order to have it delivered. If you select one of these companies, they will bring your ECV to your resort where you can retrieve it from bell services.
Hopefully this post will assist folks who were unsure about using wheelchairs or ECVs in the Disney parks. Many other guests need these services on all of their trips, and I will count myself lucky that this is a temporary ailment. While I’m not looking forward to the possibility of needing to be pushed around the parks, it may be a necessity. Now that I know my options I feel a little more secure in knowing there are ways to ensure my comfort during my vacation.
If you or someone in your family has needed these services on your trip please offer any advice you may have to your fellow readers and I in the comments!
Next week I’ll be taking the week off since I’ll be in Walt Disney World. Safe travels to all of those who might be there next week too!