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Old 06-04-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Park wheelchair rental questions

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My father-in-law is planning on renting a wheelchair at the parks each day (he is worried about the amount of walking/standing required). Our plan is to arrive at rope drop, and hit one of the rides we didn't fast pass before getting a wheelchair. The Disney website warns that wheelchairs run out quickly. Any guesses (I know nothing is certain) on how late would be too late to still get a rental?
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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If staying at a WDW resort, get one at the resort through the Concierge.
. . . give credit card deposit, not room-chargeable (in case not returned)
. . . free rental
. . . use it at resort and in the parks
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Old 06-04-2014, 04:48 PM   #3
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If staying at a WDW resort, get one at the resort through the Concierge.
. . . give credit card deposit, not room-chargeable (in case not returned)
. . . free rental
. . . use it at resort and in the parks
Except they run out and often aren't in the best condition. Op I would look at an offsite rental. More economical and you have the entire time you are there
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Old 06-04-2014, 05:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. We are staying at the Wyndham at DTD, and he only wants to rent it from the park each day (as is typical, he prefers to do the opposite of what i suggest, and he doesn't want to fight with it on the bus).
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Old 06-04-2014, 06:10 PM   #5
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They are very likely to run out of ECVs, but wheelchairs at the parks are in pretty good supply.
Except for really super busy times, I have not heard of them running out of wheelchairs.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:39 PM   #6
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Pretty sure you can get the wheelchair at the front gate before RD. Then you wouldn't have to go back for it. Anybody know for sure?
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Pretty sure you can get the wheelchair at the front gate before RD. Then you wouldn't have to go back for it. Anybody know for sure?
I know Epcot has some. Early in the morning, they usually have wheelchairs just after the bag check and before the ticket booths.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:35 AM   #8
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Thank you! That would be awesome if we could get it as we enter.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:03 AM   #9
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If staying at a WDW resort, get one at the resort through the Concierge.
. . . give credit card deposit, not room-chargeable (in case not returned)
. . . free rental
. . . use it at resort and in the parks
not the best advice

they tend to be in CRAPPY condition( like the ones they have at TTC and parking/bus loading areas) and there tend to be very few of them at all. having had to use the TTC ones on more than one occasion: missing wheels, stuck wheels, wheels that fall off, wheels that do not steer.

if he doesn't want or need one at all times, you can get length of stay rentals in the parks at a discount. you pay for each day and even if you park hop you do not have to pay a second time, just turn in your receipt to get a new chair at the second park.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:53 AM   #10
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I had to use a resort wheelchair once at the resort it was always trying to go to the right no way we could have pushed it all day at the parks
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I know he doesn't want to bother with the bus but have you thought about buying him a transport chair? They fold up easy and are lightweight. For the price of renting he could have one to use at Disney and home if needed. You will see lots of these in the parks.
http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/dri...041810-product
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Old 06-05-2014, 01:46 PM   #12
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The problem with transport chairs is the small wheels are harder to push and are much bumpier so in places like animal kingdom it's gets very tiring
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The problem with transport chairs is the small wheels are harder to push and are much bumpier so in places like animal kingdom it's gets very tiring
We found a transport chair that has 12 inch back wheels and stroller type front wheels. Is much easier than those small hard wheels that come on many transport chairs.
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Is he going to walk back with you to get the wheelchair? The walk from the entrance of the park (where the wc are) to a ride can be a looooong walk. Last trip I had an injured ankle, and didn't need a wheelchair the whole time, but not getting it first thing in the morning sometimes meant not being able to even walk back to the rental counter. Like the day we were in Epcot. Did RD, headed straight to Soarin, did Nemo, and my ankle was done for the day, I could barely make it to the nearest bench to wait for my companion to bring the chair back to me. Big mistake on my part not paying attention to my body.

I wouldn't worry about them running out of chairs though. It's true we were there in the slow season, but we got them at all times of day in different parks and there always were plenty.
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Old 06-06-2014, 05:58 PM   #15
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Thanks. I made all our fastpasses and plans prior to him deciding he might want a wheelchair. I'm hearing conflicting reports about where the rental places are. We are only going to be at Epcot for about 3 hours (just doing the kiddie things and soarin with my 4 year old so not wanting one there. Where are the rental places for the other three parks?
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