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Walt Disney World Resort can be a pretty good grind, and you need to expect to every bit of 10,000 steps.  If you're not up to that, it shouldn't diminish your ability to visit the Resort with family and friends.  We have used a service (Walker Mobility) for our clients for years, and this past visit got to use them first hand.

You need to tell your Travel Professional that you're going to need that, and also that your room is available to accommodate a scooter.  (Side note:  even then, you might have to do a little work with the front desk.  They missed it on our reservation at Old Key West and had us in a 2nd floor unit without an elevator.  Easy fix, but one that you'll have to anticipate depending on your situation).

All Disney motorcoaches are equipped with ramps, and strap the scooter and occupant in.  There's only two per coach, so there might be times during peak periods where they have to either come back or radio ahead to send a coach for you.  There is a spot at each Coach stop for handicap guests.  Important that you're in that spot so the driver can see that he needs to accommodate a special needs guest.

 

Each driver is different.  Some will operate the scooter to park it, some will want you to do it, some will do a combination of both.  

At the restaurants, they will ask if you want to stay in your chair or transfer to a chair of theirs.

At the parks, there are a variety of options depending on the attraction.  The mobile app will let you know whether you have to transfer to a wheelchair, accommodate your scooter (like the Jungle Safari pictured below), or not available to accommodate you.

 

Arriving in Orlando

There are many times you have to arrive in Orlando prior to your Walt Disney World Vacation.  It could be the flights the night/day before are just too good to pass up vs. arriving day of.  You might have to work and want to get there in the evening.  

Our case was that we had four households convening from four different locations.  One household wanted to go see Universal, another had to work then leave, the other two were pretty much free to do whatever.

There's two scenarios I would suggest.  

  • First, stay at an airport hotel with a shuttle.  In the morning, have your shuttle take you to arrivals on the B side of the airport.  Check in, take your luggage with you, and take the Magical Express to the resort.
  • Second, get a room only room at a Value Resort on property.  Take the Magical Express from the airport, then, in the morning, for $25, take a Minnie Van to your resort.

Four members of our group stayed at a Universal hotel, then taxi'd to the resort.  An option, but probably the least cost effective.

We did the first option.  It was OK, but I paid a little over $200 for a Holiday Inn Express which was average for the airport hotels.  I think the second option would put me time and money ahead, plus a little more time at the resort or Disney Springs.

We return from our product experience of the Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida
Just returned from the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  Always re-energizes me, not only to book more packages, but just to share our experience with our clients about this vast destination.
 
Over the next few weeks, I'll be blogging about
  • Magic Bands
  • Disney Dining Plan
  • Using Snacks
  • Using Table Service
  • Using Counter Service
  • Disney Transportation with wheelchair
  • Scooter accessibility
  • Old Key West
  • Magical Express when arriving a day early
  • Magical Express with mobile accessibility challenge

and probably more!

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