Ever plan a trip to Disney World and get so overwhelmed you feel like is your head going to EXPLODE? 🤯 Yeah, we get it. Planning a trip to Disney can be a lot. Between Park Passes, dining reservations, tickets, hotels, and more, it’s a monster to plan for.
Today we’re making one step of the process just a little bit easier so that you won’t have to do quite as much research ahead of time. We present to you — the DFB guide with everything you need to know about renting a wheelchair at Disney World!
Let’s start things out with the basics! Wheelchairs are available to rent at all Walt Disney World theme parks, as well as Disney’s water parks and Disney Springs.
If you’re renting at one of the four theme parks, it’s $12 per day, or $10 a day if you’re doing a multi-day rental for the length of your stay.
If you’re renting at a water park or at Disney Springs, you’ll need to pay a $100 deposit, which is refundable at the end of your rental period. The wheelchairs at these locations also cost $12 per day.
Keep in mind that wheelchair rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis, and reservations aren’t available.
Don’t want to rent a wheelchair from Disney? You don’t have to! Guests are welcome to bring their own with them to Disney World or they can rent from outside, 3rd party services.
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There are several rental locations around the parks and Disney Springs.
Starting with Magic Kingdom, you can rent a wheelchair either at Mickey’s Gift Station at the Transportation & Ticket Center (the Magic Kingdom parking lot) or you can wait until you get inside the gate at the park and go directly to the right side of the entrance.
At EPCOT, there are two locations for wheelchair rentals. One is to the left of Spaceship Earth, just past the park’s main entrance. The other is next to the World Traveler shop at the International Gateway area.
If you’re at Hollywood Studios, you can head to Oscar’s Super Service for your wheelchair rentals. This is located to the right hand side just after you enter the park.
At Animal Kingdom, stop by Garden Gate Gifts. This is located on the right hand side, just past the park entrance.
Beach Haus is where you’ll find rentals at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, and you can head on over to Singapore Sal’s at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park to pick a wheelchair up there.
At Disney Springs, go to the Sundries store that’s located behind the Coca-Cola store (near the Orange Garage) to rent a wheelchair.
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Multi-Day Visits and Park Hopping
What happens with your wheelchair if you’re staying for multiple days or going to multiple parks in one day?
first of all, daily rentals are transferable between all locations. So you’ll only have to pay once, and then you can just show your receipt at the next park to pick up a new wheelchair. (It works the same way that parking does!)
Just remember that wheelchairs cannot be removed from the place where they were rented. So you can’t roll a Magic Kingdom wheelchair out of the park and over to EPCOT. Instead, when exiting the place where you rented it, you’ll have to return the wheelchair to the rental counter. Then, when you get to your next destination, you’ll show your receipt and get another wheelchair, if available.
Also, keep in mind that since wheelchairs are first-come, first-served, there’s no guarantee that a wheelchair will be available for you at the next park.
If you’re doing a length of stay rentalthere is an important difference. These rentals are only transferrable between the four theme parks. (They’re not transferable at the water parks or Disney Springs.) If you require a wheelchair for multiple theme park days, you can save time (and a little money!) by purchasing your rental for the whole trip on the first day. Note that this is subject to availability and may not be available during peak times.
Again, as we noted above, keep in mind that wheelchairs CANNOT be removed from the location in which they were rented. If you rented it from a water park or Disney Springs, you’ll be able to get your $100 deposit back at that time. And as we noted above, if you’re park hopping, you’ll just need to present the rental receipt to pick up your wheelchair at the next park for no extra cost.
Keep in mind that this means Disney’s rental wheelchairs can’t be taken on Disney transportation since you’ll need to return them before leaving the park. So, before renting a wheelchair from Disney, determine whether you or the person you are traveling with would be mobile enough to get from your car or resort transportation depot to the wheelchair rental location (and back) on your own.
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Other details to know
The person renting the wheelchair must be at least 18 years old and will need to present valid photo ID (This does not have to be the same person that’s using the wheelchair.) The wheelchairs themselves have a maximum weight limit of 350 pounds and aren’t designed to hold more than one person.
They’re pretty simple wheelchairs, so if you want something fancier or more comfortable, you may want to look into renting from other vendors besides Disney.
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Renting Wheelchairs Before Arriving at the Parks, Disney Springs, or Water Parks
Don’t want to wait until you get to the Magic Kingdom parking lot to rent your wheelchair? Not mobile enough to get through all of the Disney transportation without a wheelchair? There are other options.
First, you could rent through ScooterBug — Disney’s featured wheelchair provider. ScooterBug is a private mobility rental company. If you choose to rent through ScooterBug directly, you can actually have the equipment sent directly to your Resort hotel, and you won’t even need to be there when it arrives.
According to Disney, ScooterBug will actually work with Cast Members at your Disney resort hotel to manage the delivery and return of the equipment you rent, which can include strollers, ECVs, and wheelchairs. Prices and features can vary so be sure to check and see what is best for you.
And another bonus is that you can make a pre-order what you’ll need, rather than having to wait until you actually arrive at Disney World. To make your pre-order you can visit the ScooterBug website or call (800) 726-8284.
So you can rent wheelchairs through a number of third party sources in Orlando, but note that you will generally be responsible for working with the vendor and Disney to arrange for delivery and pick-up of your rented equipment. Prices and features on these may also vary.
Our Advice and Tips
If you’re planning on renting a wheelchair at Disney World soon, we have some big tips for you. First of all, you’ll definitely want to keep and protect your receipt! It’s very important to have on your person if you’re park hopping or visiting multiple places in one day. Without it, you’d be charged twice for your wheelchair if you switch locations. It’s also good practice to hold onto it in case anything goes awry with your rental. Consider taking a photo of the receipt juuuuust in case!
So, if you’re renting at the water parks or Disney Springs, make sure that you’re clear on the return time for your wheelchair. You want to make sure that you get back with enough time to get your $100 deposit back. If you don’t make it back in time, you could be out $100! You’ll need your receipt for this process as well, so make sure that you confirm those details.
Keeping your receipt is also critical for multi-day rentals so you can keep getting the wheelchairs you need throughout your trip. For more information about wheelchair rentals or general disability services, you can contact Disney’s Disability Services at (407) 560-2547 or email [email protected]
So that’s our full guide to renting a wheelchair at Disney World. Got more questions? Tell us in the comments below! And stay tuned to DFB for the latest news and updates on all the Disney World news!
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Have you ever rented a wheelchair at Disney World? What was your experience like? Tell us in the comments!