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Old 09-18-2012, 09:51 AM   #1
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Are wheelchairs free at Vacation Club rentals?

Reading up, I know if you stay at a DW resort, they will provide a wheelchair free or charge(refundable deposit of $315) on a first come first serve basis.

We are going in December, but for the first time we are renting from a vacation club owner. So, we'll be staying at the Beach Club Villas. Will the same wheelchair service be provided to my party?

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Old 09-18-2012, 10:23 AM   #2
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Actually, while there are a limited number of wheelchairs available at WDW resorts free of charge, these are really intended to be for emergency/unplanned needs (someone gets hurt on vacation). They are not necessarily in the best condition, may not be the right size, and are only available first-come first-served - so planning to use one of these for your length of vacation is not advised. If you know you (or a member of your party) will need a wheelchair for your vacation, it is strongly advised to rent one. They are available in the parks, or a better option is to rent off-site which typically costs less and you have full use of the chair/ECV at all times (to/from buses or transportation, around the resort, etc.).

I can't speak specifically to wheelchair availability at DVC resorts, but I expect it to be the same as other WDW resorts.
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Old 09-18-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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Wheelchairs are not available on a regular basis at WDW resorts. They may have a couple of them and they are not in the best condition. They may be too small or too big and are not carefully maintained. They are not intended for long term use--they are only available for emergencies.

To put yourself in someone else's shoes: How would you feel if you tripped and sprained an ankle and there were no emergency wheel chairs available because someone who knew they needed one before they came had taken it? The ones from the outside rental agencies are in much better condition and can be tailored to your needs. Plus they aren't very expensive....a few dollars a day.
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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I agree with the others. They ate really meant for people who are not able to plan their need and might not be able to get a rental one on short notice.

They may have one they can lend out. They may not.
If they do, it may or may not be in good condition.

Your best bet is to rent from one of the offsite places - there are a number listed in post 2 of the disABILITIES FAQs. It is near the top of this board or you can follow the link in my signature.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:39 AM   #5
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Thanks for the repsonses. I now know what I need to do.
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