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Old 03-24-2013, 02:49 AM   #31
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glad hear experiance is mostly good as i have a powerchair rental booked for September with them
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:08 AM   #32
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I love the Apple scooter store! Rented from them for 10 days last September. My wife's scooter stopped working and they changed it out no problems. I am using them again this May...
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:25 PM   #33
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Would you say the 3 wheel or 3 wheel scooter is better?
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:56 PM   #34
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Would you say the 3 wheel or 3 wheel scooter is better?
3 wheel for disney for sure! Turned real well in tight spots!
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Old 03-25-2013, 03:57 PM   #36
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We have rented from Apple about 12 times since 2011. We have had great experiences with them and will keep using them for all our park visits.

During this time, we have had battery issues (not that they were not charged just that the batteries had issues) 3 times (and no issues at all since January 2012) and they were very helpful and sent someone to the park with a replacement scooter within about 30-45 minutes. Keep in mind that during that time frame, we have rented from Disney 4 times and have had issues with the scooters dying 2 out of the 4 times (albeit those replacement scooters took only about 10 minutes). Our view is that electrical things (especially ones that you are taking apart and putting together at least 2-3 a day like the portable scooters) will have issues every once in a while so as long as they were helpful and prompt in correcting the issue it did not bother us.

As for charging in parks, we rent two scooters and take the chargers with us just in case (especially since we park hop from AK to EP a lot and those two parks are very big). It is not unusual for us to have 12 hour (or longer) days so we re-charge as a precaution. The easiest way for us is when we go to lunch or dinner, we plug in the scooters and give them a power boost for about an hour. You would be amazed how many hidden plugs there are around the parks. We just ask a CM working in the area and most will point you to one in the vicinity. The hardest park to find plugs is MK but even there we have found them.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:16 PM   #37
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Thanks for all of the great information! Looking to rent my Dad a scooter for the first time ever for our Disney trip in Sept. he has been stubborn in accepting help but he knows he can't make it around Disney World without it now. Sounds like Apple is the way to go!
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:09 PM   #38
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Some people have preference for 3 wheeled scooters and some 4.

The advantage of the 3 wheeled models is that they can turn more tightly. But, some people feel they are less stable.

The 4 wheeled models don't turn quite as sharply, but one people feel safer ith 4 wheels on the ground and they are more difficult to tip.
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:15 AM   #39
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Is tipping a 3 wheel a reoccurring thing? Are there lots of stories about them tipping?

My Dad has had strokes and is Diebetic with High Blood Pressure, he can no longer feel his feet very well when he walks so a scooter is a must for him. We are a little worried with him getting the scooter on the bus and parking it correctly, which is why we were going to go for the 3 wheel for the easier parking. Will they let someone else park it on the bus after it is loaded if he has problems?
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Is tipping a 3 wheel a reoccurring thing? Are there lots of stories about them tipping?

My Dad has had strokes and is Diebetic with High Blood Pressure, he can no longer feel his feet very well when he walks so a scooter is a must for him. We are a little worried with him getting the scooter on the bus and parking it correctly, which is why we were going to go for the 3 wheel for the easier parking. Will they let someone else park it on the bus after it is loaded if he has problems?
Tipping is really not an issue unless you are going sideways across an incline. He should be just fine with the 3 wheeler which is much easier to park on the bus.

You can most certainly have another member of your party handle getting the scooter on and off the bus and you can also ask the driver for assistance if you need it since he/she can put the scooter in "neutral" and wiggle it into place if necessary. I've seen lots of family groups opt for this solution
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Old 03-26-2013, 09:27 AM   #41
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Thank you Debbie Jean, I am slowly making my way around the disABILITIES board gathering information. Lots of great stuff on here and I appreciate all of it! Always good to soothe worries before going on vacation.
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Is tipping a 3 wheel a reoccurring thing? Are there lots of stories about them tipping?

My Dad has had strokes and is Diebetic with High Blood Pressure, he can no longer feel his feet very well when he walks so a scooter is a must for him. We are a little worried with him getting the scooter on the bus and parking it correctly, which is why we were going to go for the 3 wheel for the easier parking. Will they let someone else park it on the bus after it is loaded if he has problems?
I have rented the 3-wheel model twice and find it very stable. As far as loading on the bus I always need help, once DH said he would move it into position for me and it was not a problem. The bus drivers are Great! The thing to remember when coming off the ramps is to make sure your back wheels are off the ramp before turning to prevent tipping
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I am considering renting from Apple. This will be our first trip to the park with the need for something like this so I have a lot of questions. My husband has become somewhat disabled from a pinched nerve in his back that causes terrible foot pain and severely limits his mobility. We are planning to get him the Pride Victory 10 because he is a Pooh sized guy. We will not have a car while we are at Disney. Is it going to be an issue getting to and from the parks? Can we take the scooter on the bus? Will we need to get him a GAC so that he can take his scooter in line with him? Can Apple have the scooter ready and waiting at our hotel, which is Art of Animation? I am a little nervous about getting DH around the airport too but we will figure that out. We will have 5 days at Disney and we are really looking forward to it. We really need some family fun time!
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I am considering renting from Apple. This will be our first trip to the park with the need for something like this so I have a lot of questions. My husband has become somewhat disabled from a pinched nerve in his back that causes terrible foot pain and severely limits his mobility. We are planning to get him the Pride Victory 10 because he is a Pooh sized guy. We will not have a car while we are at Disney. Is it going to be an issue getting to and from the parks? Can we take the scooter on the bus? Will we need to get him a GAC so that he can take his scooter in line with him? Can Apple have the scooter ready and waiting at our hotel, which is Art of Animation? I am a little nervous about getting DH around the airport too but we will figure that out. We will have 5 days at Disney and we are really looking forward to it. We really need some family fun time!
Every Disney owned bus can take atleast two ecv/wheelchairs some can take three and a few can take four. So it won't be a problem going to he parks and back. Aoa has their own bus that do not share with another resort and their only two stops at aoa main and lm section I think. Apple is a preferred vendor so they can drop it off at aoa bell services and then you can leave it with them when leaving and they will pick it up from them. No you won't need a gac the cm seeing the ecv will know what he needs gac is more for hidden disabilities so the cm will be able to know what you need.
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Every Disney owned bus can take atleast two ecv/wheelchairs some can take three and a few can take four. So it won't be a problem going to he parks and back. Aoa has their own bus that do not share with another resort and their only two stops at aoa main and lm section I think. Apple is a preferred vendor so they can drop it off at aoa bell services and then you can leave it with them when leaving and they will pick it up from them. No you won't need a gac the cm seeing the ecv will know what he needs gac is more for hidden disabilities so the cm will be able to know what you need.
Thanks for the information. I called Apple earlier today and they repeated most of what you've said here. They were very nice on the phone. I do like that they are a preferred vendor. They said that we can keep the scooter as late as 8pm on our last day without any additional charge.
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