Ths DIS is a great place to ask Disney Cruise Line questions and share tips.
Dreams Unlimited Travel - The official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums Dreams Unlimited Travel - the official sponsor of the Disney Cruise Forums  

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Cruise Line > Disney Cruise Line Forum
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-16-2013, 01:17 PM   #16
disneypoor
DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey!
 
disneypoor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Kansas
Posts: 2,715

Quote:
Originally Posted by OrcaPotter
Did you book a HA room? If not, be prepared for some confusion on where to park the scooter. My grandfather rented a scooter on our Dream 1/27-1/31 cruise. All the HA rooms were booked, and there's no way to get the scooter in a regular room. I was told pre-cruise that we could keep the scooter out in the elevator lobby. But throughout the cruise, we kept being told different things from the staff. One said we couldn't park it out there, we had to park it in the hallway by the room. Another said absolutely not, park it by the elevators. Our room stewardess then insisted that we had to park it on deck 2 by Enchanted Garden--a CM would take it down and retrieve it for us. Incredibly inconvenient, if you ask me. Especially with as often as my grandfather went back to the room. So we left it in the elevator lobby, where no one bothered it.
Hi! She won't need an HA room. Her scooter is much smaller than a motorized one. She did get to have an HA room as an upgrade on one of our cruises though. It was huge! We told her she could keep all of the grand kids. It was the farthest HA forward, so there was extra room. She loved it!

Susan
__________________


09/93 Honeymoon at WDW, 03/01 First time to WDW with kids,
06/02 WDW, 11/03 First trip to Disneyland, 05/05 BIG family trip
to WDW POR, 06/06 First cruise on the Wonder/WDW ASM,
11/06 Disneyland, 03/07 7 Night Eastern, 09/07 3 Nights on the
Wonder, 03/08 Cruise to the Hawaiian Islands, 11/08 DD on the Magic,
11/09 3 Nights on the Wonder and WDW, 07/10 Family Vacation to WDW,
02/11 3 Nights on the Dream, 06/11 Alaskan Cruise on the Wonder, 03/12 One Week in Maui,
07/26/12 Bay Lake Tower 1st DVC Stay

Upcoming Trips: 03/16/13 5 Night DCL Western, 07/13 Villas at Grand California
Trip Reports: 06/06 Wonder, 03/07 Eastern, 06/11 Alaskan Cruise
disneypoor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 01:20 PM   #17
kcashner
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 33,275

On Castaway, there are lots of paved paths where a scooter or regular wheelchair would be fine. I couldn't push the beach wheelchair with a normal sized adult female in it, but you might have a teen boy who can! You cannot reserve these--they are first come, first served when you get off the ship in the same area as the wagons.

I have read several posts of the confusion over where to park the poster's scooter on the Dream. On the Magic and Wonder, there are several "cut out" places in the hallways where the scooters can be plugged in to be recharged. Often, the stateroom host will offer to take it there for you. I've seen people leave them in the elevator lobby area, but we've been told to use the cut out areas. It might be different on the different ships.
kcashner is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 02-16-2013, 01:24 PM   #18
disneypoor
DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey!
 
disneypoor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Kansas
Posts: 2,715

Quote:
Originally Posted by kcashner
On Castaway, there are lots of paved paths where a scooter or regular wheelchair would be fine. I couldn't push the beach wheelchair with a normal sized adult female in it, but you might have a teen boy who can! You cannot reserve these--they are first come, first served when you get off the ship in the same area as the wagons.

I have read several posts of the confusion over where to park the poster's scooter on the Dream. On the Magic and Wonder, there are several "cut out" places in the hallways where the scooters can be plugged in to be recharged. Often, the stateroom host will offer to take it there for you. I've seen people leave them in the elevator lobby area, but we've been told to use the cut out areas. It might be different on the different ships.
Hi! My mom will make one of her son in laws push her. Lol! Her scooter travels easily wherever she goes. It is small--you don't sit on it. You just rest a knee on it so you don't put weight on your foot.

Susan
__________________


09/93 Honeymoon at WDW, 03/01 First time to WDW with kids,
06/02 WDW, 11/03 First trip to Disneyland, 05/05 BIG family trip
to WDW POR, 06/06 First cruise on the Wonder/WDW ASM,
11/06 Disneyland, 03/07 7 Night Eastern, 09/07 3 Nights on the
Wonder, 03/08 Cruise to the Hawaiian Islands, 11/08 DD on the Magic,
11/09 3 Nights on the Wonder and WDW, 07/10 Family Vacation to WDW,
02/11 3 Nights on the Dream, 06/11 Alaskan Cruise on the Wonder, 03/12 One Week in Maui,
07/26/12 Bay Lake Tower 1st DVC Stay

Upcoming Trips: 03/16/13 5 Night DCL Western, 07/13 Villas at Grand California
Trip Reports: 06/06 Wonder, 03/07 Eastern, 06/11 Alaskan Cruise
disneypoor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 01:27 PM   #19
kcashner
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 33,275

Quote:
Originally Posted by disneypoor View Post
Hi! My mom will make one of her son in laws push her. Lol! Her scooter travels easily wherever she goes. It is small--you don't sit on it. You just rest a knee on it so you don't put weight on your foot.

Susan
Ah, one of those knee things is no trouble at all. Have fun.
kcashner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 01:49 PM   #20
disneypoor
DH thinks I have a "thing" for Mickey!
 
disneypoor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Kansas
Posts: 2,715

Quote:
Originally Posted by kcashner

Ah, one of those knee things is no trouble at all. Have fun.
Thank you!
__________________


09/93 Honeymoon at WDW, 03/01 First time to WDW with kids,
06/02 WDW, 11/03 First trip to Disneyland, 05/05 BIG family trip
to WDW POR, 06/06 First cruise on the Wonder/WDW ASM,
11/06 Disneyland, 03/07 7 Night Eastern, 09/07 3 Nights on the
Wonder, 03/08 Cruise to the Hawaiian Islands, 11/08 DD on the Magic,
11/09 3 Nights on the Wonder and WDW, 07/10 Family Vacation to WDW,
02/11 3 Nights on the Dream, 06/11 Alaskan Cruise on the Wonder, 03/12 One Week in Maui,
07/26/12 Bay Lake Tower 1st DVC Stay

Upcoming Trips: 03/16/13 5 Night DCL Western, 07/13 Villas at Grand California
Trip Reports: 06/06 Wonder, 03/07 Eastern, 06/11 Alaskan Cruise
disneypoor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 05:46 PM   #21
jbugeye22
Earning My Ears
 
jbugeye22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Navarre FL
Posts: 68

I can tell you from experience that the Disney Dream was not made for handicap accessibility. I traveled with my mom and my mother in law who both could walk but not for very long. They both had transport wheelchairs. It was a nightmare. The stateroom halls are very narrow. There are carts left everywhere from housekeeping and it made it so much worse. We were constantly running into them because there was not enough room. I could not imagine trying to get around on a scooter. The theater has an elevator for wheelchairs but it takes about 10 minutes to get to it from the entrance to the theatre. Then if you cannot walk up the stairs you cannot use the bathroom because they will not let you go back that way until after the show ends. We still had an amazing time but my husband and I were exhausted from having to lift the wheelchairs up with our moms in them to get over the bumps in the doorways because the wheels would not go over them. I know that my mom almost flew out of the wheelchair several times because of the bumps we would run into.....good luck!
jbugeye22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 05:52 PM   #22
Minniemiss
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 933

Quote:
Originally Posted by jbugeye22 View Post
I can tell you from experience that the Disney Dream was not made for handicap accessibility. I traveled with my mom and my mother in law who both could walk but not for very long. They both had transport wheelchairs. It was a nightmare. The stateroom halls are very narrow. There are carts left everywhere from housekeeping and it made it so much worse. We were constantly running into them because there was not enough room. I could not imagine trying to get around on a scooter. The theater has an elevator for wheelchairs but it takes about 10 minutes to get to it from the entrance to the theatre. Then if you cannot walk up the stairs you cannot use the bathroom because they will not let you go back that way until after the show ends. We still had an amazing time but my husband and I were exhausted from having to lift the wheelchairs up with our moms in them to get over the bumps in the doorways because the wheels would not go over them. I know that my mom almost flew out of the wheelchair several times because of the bumps we would run into.....good luck!
If you had read her posts, you would see was referring to a knee walker also known as a knee roller.
Minniemiss is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2013, 05:57 PM   #23
jbugeye22
Earning My Ears
 
jbugeye22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Navarre FL
Posts: 68

Quote:
Originally Posted by Minniemiss View Post
If you had read her posts, you we see was referring to a knee walker also known as a knee roller.
As a matter of fact I did read her post I thought that the info about the bumps in the doorway with wheels pertained to her very much, but thank you so much. Also the parts on getting up the stairs in the theatre if she cant get upstairs. Guess you didn't bother to read my post

Last edited by jbugeye22; 02-16-2013 at 05:58 PM. Reason: more info
jbugeye22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 09:26 AM   #24
maggie_sam
Mouseketeer
 
maggie_sam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 231

Does anyone know if the new WDW Resorts policy re drop off and pick up of rental ECVs (scooter) from an off property vendor extends to the Cruise Line? I was thinking of renting a scooter for my daughter rather than using her wheelchair, but I just learned that Disney changed it's policy for the resorts and unless you use one of their 5 approved vendors, the resort will no longer accept drop off or pick up from other vendors. Does anyone know of someone who rented and picked up at the cruise terminal?

Also, on the two previous cruises I was on I saw ECV's 'parked' and charging by the elevators, but info I found at DCL is saying that if you are not in an accessible stateroom, the ECVs must be left in a location that could be several decks away. Any information is greatly appreciated!
__________________



DisneyWorld 1972, Disneyland 1973, Disneyland 1980, Fort Wilderness 1986, DisneyWorld 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2004, Disney Wonder October 2010, Contemporary & Saratoga Springs 2010, Disney Magic September 2012, Bay Lake Tower September 2013, Disney Dream September 2013
maggie_sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 09:35 AM   #25
OrcaPotter
Lucky to be local to the Mouse
 
OrcaPotter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Winter Springs (Orlando), FL
Posts: 1,037

Quote:
Originally Posted by maggie_sam View Post
Does anyone know if the new WDW Resorts policy re drop off and pick up of rental ECVs (scooter) from an off property vendor extends to the Cruise Line? I was thinking of renting a scooter for my daughter rather than using her wheelchair, but I just learned that Disney changed it's policy for the resorts and unless you use one of their 5 approved vendors, the resort will no longer accept drop off or pick up from other vendors. Does anyone know of someone who rented and picked up at the cruise terminal?

Also, on the two previous cruises I was on I saw ECV's 'parked' and charging by the elevators, but info I found at DCL is saying that if you are not in an accessible stateroom, the ECVs must be left in a location that could be several decks away. Any information is greatly appreciated!
We used Brevard Medical Supply to rent a scooter for my grandfather. Yes, they delivered to the ship, but depending (apparently) on how many ships are in port, they may not deliver it before you board the ship. This happened to us and they had to deliver it to our stateroom. We could not get a HA room, so we kept it parked by the elevators, but got a lot of mixed communication over whether this was allowed. Our room steward kept insisting it needed to be parked by Enchanted Garden, which was all the way aft and on the 2nd deck, while we were deck 7 all the way forward. Totally not acceptable. We left it by the elevators the entire voyage and the issue was never pressed upon us.
OrcaPotter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 10:04 AM   #26
maggie_sam
Mouseketeer
 
maggie_sam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 231

Thanks for the info. I saw Brevard when I Googled for scooter rentals in Port Canaveral. Unless DCL loaned a wheelchair, it would be a disaster if the scooter wasn't available when we arrived at the terminal. I need to rethink this, may just deal with using the manual chair.
__________________



DisneyWorld 1972, Disneyland 1973, Disneyland 1980, Fort Wilderness 1986, DisneyWorld 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2004, Disney Wonder October 2010, Contemporary & Saratoga Springs 2010, Disney Magic September 2012, Bay Lake Tower September 2013, Disney Dream September 2013
maggie_sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 05:10 PM   #27
maggie_sam
Mouseketeer
 
maggie_sam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 231

!!!

http://www.disboards.com/newreply.ph....QPXOnfs4.dpuf

FYI, just came across this in another thread, wanted to share!
__________________



DisneyWorld 1972, Disneyland 1973, Disneyland 1980, Fort Wilderness 1986, DisneyWorld 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2004, Disney Wonder October 2010, Contemporary & Saratoga Springs 2010, Disney Magic September 2012, Bay Lake Tower September 2013, Disney Dream September 2013
maggie_sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 07:22 PM   #28
Maus79
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 7

Iíve been lurking on the boards for years, but have never been compelled to register until today. Having been raised to explore anything Disney commando style, it takes some adjustment once a family member becomes disabled. However, with a bit of research a fabulous time can be held by all. For WDW I have my go to vendors, but sailing was a completely new experience. I believe I called over 10 vendors in addition to consulting with Disney. In reference to the scooters, we had no problems parking them near the corner by the nearest stairwell when we sailed Dream last year. If it is parked near an emergency exit, the CMs will ask that it be moved to another location for safety reasons. I highly recommend Special Needs at Sea. (Please google, unable to post direct link.)In addition to providing quality service and winning several awards, it was also recommended by Disney. We were unable to book a HA room, so the scooter was waiting for us at the registration area at PC. My only concern was that there was no insurance included, but this has changed when I rebooked last week. The total price ($225 for 5 nights) now includes damage and theft insurance. Itís an additional cost, but it allows for a greater sense of independence, which is absolutely priceless.
Maus79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #29
maggie_sam
Mouseketeer
 
maggie_sam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Long Island
Posts: 231

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maus79 View Post
Iíve been lurking on the boards for years, but have never been compelled to register until today. Having been raised to explore anything Disney commando style, it takes some adjustment once a family member becomes disabled. However, with a bit of research a fabulous time can be held by all. For WDW I have my go to vendors, but sailing was a completely new experience. I believe I called over 10 vendors in addition to consulting with Disney. In reference to the scooters, we had no problems parking them near the corner by the nearest stairwell when we sailed Dream last year. If it is parked near an emergency exit, the CMs will ask that it be moved to another location for safety reasons. I highly recommend Special Needs at Sea. (Please google, unable to post direct link.)In addition to providing quality service and winning several awards, it was also recommended by Disney. We were unable to book a HA room, so the scooter was waiting for us at the registration area at PC. My only concern was that there was no insurance included, but this has changed when I rebooked last week. The total price ($225 for 5 nights) now includes damage and theft insurance. Itís an additional cost, but it allows for a greater sense of independence, which is absolutely priceless.
Thank you so much for sharing! Special Needs at Sea came up in my Google search, along with several others. I was concerned by another poster's experience of the ECV not being at the cruise terminal. Especially grateful to hear recommended by Disney. Have you ever had HA room? There are 3 of us, my daughter and 10 year old granddaughter. Currently we are GTY for a Cat 7A. I didn't ask for the HA room as I can manage getting my daughter in and out of the tub shower, and didn't want to take away from someone who really needed accessible bathroom. I am struggling over whether to change or not. Thanks again, I greatly appreciate!
__________________



DisneyWorld 1972, Disneyland 1973, Disneyland 1980, Fort Wilderness 1986, DisneyWorld 1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2004, Disney Wonder October 2010, Contemporary & Saratoga Springs 2010, Disney Magic September 2012, Bay Lake Tower September 2013, Disney Dream September 2013
maggie_sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #30
Maus79
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 7

You're welcome!!! We've traveled with and without a HA room on land. A regular room will be fine as long as a shower chair and a raised toilet seat is requested since bathroom time can be a struggle. When the online check-in is completed, print out the special services information form and fax it at least 30 days prior to your cruise. This will be found on the bottom right of your overview page. I also suggest requesting dinner seating that is accessible via a scooter. Please let me know if any additional information is needed.
Maus79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:50 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.