Walt Disney World is HUGE, and if you are at all limited in your mobility it can be very daunting. Disney knows this and they not only provide wheelchair rentals, but ECV rentals at all four of their theme parks and Down Town Disney. In the parks you can expect to pay $50 for a full days rental and a $20 deposit you will get back when you return the ECV before park closing time. At Down Town Disney the price is the same $50, but you will have to put down a $100 deposit.
One of the most frequently asked question about renting an ECV in the park, is what about if you are park hopping, can I take my ECV to the next park with me? No you can’t , but you can take your receipt from one park to another park and they will honor your rental with another ECV. You will have to put another deposit down though, as the first one will have been given back when you returned the ECV at the first park.
One of the issues many guests with mobility issues have with renting their ECV from WDW is the lack of services provided for in the resorts. With so many of the Walt Disney World resorts being incredibly large, just getting to the main house for a meal can be quite difficult if you have an mobility issues. For this reason, many guests prefer to rent an ECV from an offsite company.
When using an offsite company for an ECV rental, you simply tell them where you will be staying and your dates. The offsite companies will bring your ECV to you and pick it up from your resort, whether that is a Disney resort or many of the off WDW property resorts, hotels and locations. Generally speaking the cost to rent with an offsite company is generally cheaper.
The recommended offsite ECV rentals companies that work with Walt Disney World
- CARE Scooter Rentals: (800) 741-2282
- Buena Vista Scooter Rentals: (866) 484-4797
- Best Price Mobility: (866) 866-3434
- Apple Scooter: (800) 701-1971
- ScooterBug: (800) 726-8284
In the Parks with an ECV
Once you have your ECV and you are enjoying yourself in the Disney parks, there are only a few things you need to know. At guest relations in each park you can pick up a handicap accessibility map which will direct you to where each rides special queues are, if there is one. Most of the Disney attractions have accessible queues.
There are special seats in the shows at all four parks that will allow for you to remain in your ECV, or a Cast Member will help you park your ECV and seat you in a location reserved for those needing assistance.
Those are the basic ins and outs of ECV renting and riding at Walt Disney World.