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Old 11-24-2014, 02:55 PM   #1
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Wheelchair and ECV options??? HELP!!!

I am in a quandary and am looking for some insight and advice. I am having knee problems, am in the middle of my treatment protocol, and will be unable to stand or walk for long periods on my trip in 10 days. I am considering three options:

1) Rent a wheelchair and an ECV for the length of the trip from a Disney Preferred vendor.
2) Just rent the wheelchair from the Preferred vendor and actually rent an ECV at the parks on days when we need one.
3) Bring a wheelchair from home so I can use it at the airports without relying on the airline transport services, then use either strategy 1 or 2 above.

I think the wheelchair will be easier to deal with in a rental car. Also, we will be at KSC for the Orion EFT-1 launch--where I will really want just a wheelchair since I will need to be on and off busses.

So, if I need to rent an ECV at a park, can I leave my wheelchair where I rented the ECV and then pick it up when I drop off the ECV?

Am I missing other options?

Thanks in advance for any insights, help or advice!
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Old 11-24-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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Personally I would rent an ECV from an approved vendor you will have an independence that a wheelchair doesn't give you there are a lot more hills then you think in Disney and it's about 6 miles a day for someone pushing you
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:00 PM   #3
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Good advice!!!!! Thank you!
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:43 PM   #4
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Definitely rent an ecv! I have a weak ankle and balance issues related to migraines. I will be renting an ecv from a Disney approved renter for our trip in april

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Old 11-25-2014, 06:21 PM   #5
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I would do a combination of things you suggested: I would bring the wheelchair from home ( good for the airports like you said ) AND rent from a Disney approved outside vendor. Best of both worlds

You'll have your chair for the KSC launch. Put the ECV in your room that day you're away from WDW.

Since you're coming in December ( busy time ) I wouldn't count on a ECV being available at a park when you want to rent it AND no one is going to take responsibility for your personal wheelchair and let you leave it in an area.

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