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Insider tips for a smooth Disney ride

For those who have mobility restrictions, Disney offers wheelchair and electronic conveyances for rent.

For those who have mobility restrictions, Disney offers wheelchair and electronic conveyances for rent.

The best advice for a successful visit to Walt Disney World in Orlando is to plan in advance for all transportation and access needs. Even though Disney is justifiably renowned for its access and special services, don’t take anything for granted.

• Walt Disney World Resort Hotels offer special equipment and facilities, including phone text, visual indicator door knocks, sloped-entry pools and aquatic chairs. Call the “special reservations” line to inquire or make reservations: 407-939-7807 (voice) or 407-939-7670 (TTY)

• If you stay at a motel off the Disney property and take your own wheelchair or service animal, you may take a free shuttle from your motel (most have them). But make sure in advance that there will be room and any needed equipment on the bus. Otherwise, you may drive yourself and park in one of the special handicapped areas that are close to whichever park you’re visiting that day. Courtesy wheelchairs are provided in most parking lots, but they run out early and often are not returned until late in the day.

• On-site Disney buses are equipped to transport wheelchairs and Electronic Conveyance Vehicles (ECVs).

• Once on site, Guest Services or Guest Relations are your go-to spots in each park to check on services you need or special accommodations.

• Plan your visit to each park according to what services are available on the day you will be there. For example, sign language interpretation is available (free) at Epcot and each of the Disney theme parks, but only on specific days of the week at each site. Call ahead to make sure of the schedule when you’re going to be there and make a reservation if needed:

407/824-4321 (voice) or 407/827-5141 (TTY). Be sure to check the printable guidebooks for the disabled for each park:

• For those who tire easily or have other limitations, veteran park visitors advise scheduling only one park per day (for example, Epcot or Magic Kingdom), but not both in one day.

• Most table-service restaurants accept reservations. To avoid long or uncomfortable waits, or to check on food and dietary accommodations, check out the spot where you want to dine and consider making reservations:

www.disneyworld.com/dine

•Although travelers with special needs must make even more detailed preparations, don’t forget to scan the usual travel tips for Disney properties to make sure you’re aware of the best deals.

Theme park survival guide

(Be sure to read our accompanying stories, Disney Removes Obstacles for Theme Park Visitors, and Does My Husband Qualify for Disability Access at Disney?)

 

Electronic conveyance vehicles (ECVs) are more expensive to rent than wheelchairs, but for many, it's worth the $70 (with $20 of that returned) vs. $12 per day for a wheelchair.

Electronic conveyance vehicles (ECVs) are more expensive to rent than wheelchairs, but for many, it’s worth the $70 (with $20 of that returned) vs. $12 per day for a wheelchair.

 

 

 

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