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Old 01-17-2015, 02:01 AM   #1
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Renting a scooter how do I tow a rollator?

I'm renting a scooter from Apple in Anaheim for our DL trip.

I'm not sure if I will need my rollator but if I have to park and walk I will need it. We took DS in a stroller as a wheelchair and I recall us having to park and walk or carry him more then once especially at restaurants and bathrooms, oh and for some rides. I'm basically am giving myself a limit of 10 - 20 steps max and I remember DS having to do WAY more than that.

Can anyone suggest how to attach my rollator to the scooter? The young man I spoke to at Apple said they didn't have anything- does anyone have any tricks? I wish I had a nice easy cane to cart around BUT I have a violent moment disorder and the cane would quickly become an accidental weapon - en guard
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:49 AM   #2
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1) I don't know if it works in all cases.
2) I have seen the unit folded and bungy-corded to the back of a scooter.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:09 PM   #3
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Pride Scooters makes a walker holder for their scooters. It's pretty pricey & only holds the walkers that fold really flat, not the kind with seats. It seems like having a walker on the back of your scooter would make it more difficult to maneuver in small spaces. I can't walk at all without a walker & very little with it & the ground has to be smooth & level. We just don't go anywhere that my scooter can't go at WDW. In restaurants my husband moves it somewhere out of the way & brings it back to me. That only works if you have someone to move it for you. I've never had trouble taking my scooter in bathrooms but mines small & I don't use the basket because it makes it harder to turn in small spaces.
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Old 01-17-2015, 01:36 PM   #4
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I agree with the bungy cord idea. I would make sure you have it fastened in many directions, up and down and across. Hopefully, you or someone helping has the strength to make it tight enough not to come loose. You will have to be careful in ride queues and such with a rollator attached.

If you are traveling with others you could always have someone else walk the rollator for you. This would probably be the safest way to go.

I would think as another option you might be able to get by with a regular walker which would attach more easily. Since, you are not really using it to sit it would still support you for walking the 10 to 20 paces.
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:45 PM   #5
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When I was there in October I met a guy with a rollator bungied to the back of the seat of his scooter he had to put 4 bungie cords to keep it in place he said it wasn't worth all the work and wasn't even using it because of how hard it was to hook up and take off
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:25 PM   #6
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If you can walk short distances without the rollater, you should be able to leave it with the rental CMs.
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The 'tow' part in the title was just a joke, right? There's a rule against towing/pulling anything behind an ECV, so it wouldn't be allowed.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:05 PM   #8
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The 'tow' part in the title was just a joke, right? There's a rule against towing/pulling anything behind an ECV, so it wouldn't be allowed.
LOL don't panic I didn't actually mean tow - sometimes I word substitute ... I should have said attach or something. I meant tow in the sense of like - without hiring someone to carry the thing, how do I stick it on - lol.

IDK and maybe mid-trip I'll need to switch to an electric wheelchair and then things will be easier cause they are smaller (I think) OR maybe I'll suddenly recover and all this planning with be for nothing. BUT I use a scooter at home quite frequently and around here anyway anything smaller then a major grocery store, most bathrooms, and a LOT of like traffic control measures (like you have to walk on one side of the cones etc) are NOT wide enough for a scooter. I'm pretty young, I'm pretty good at driving in tight spots, but I just can't see me NOT having to walk --- lots. Maybe Disney is like WAY better at planning then I think though and this is all worry for nothing.

I guess a better question to ask would be --- where DOESN'T an ECV fit? I would imagine trying to navigate counter service would be VERY hard. Where else am I likely to have trouble?
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Old 01-18-2015, 09:02 AM   #9
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I guess a better question to ask would be --- where DOESN'T an ECV fit? I would imagine trying to navigate counter service would be VERY hard. Where else am I likely to have trouble?
This is not even allowed. You can bring a scooter inside, but not to the counter. These are still sit down places; they are not outside only places.

As everyone has mentioned the only recourse you have to hold a walker would be to use bungy cords to attach to the seat of the scooter. I'll repeat that it would be better if you used a walker rather than a rollator.
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I went this past Oct solo. I used my ECV entire trip. At counter service restaurants they have designated lines for ECV, wheelchairs, ect. They are on the ends of the counter lines. Not one time did I have a problem. The are on the end so you can exit counter lines. Every time the cashier asked if I needed help carrying my tray, which I did. They got someone to help carry my tray, helped at the topping bar and helped me find a table. Once or twice I had to wait a couple of extra minutes until someone was available. They were all very helpful. So if you have any questions at counter service or need help just ask.

As far as a rollator, I made a rack for my ECV, but I also have to use bungy cords to help support it. As most have said, not worth the hassle. I had better luck using my folding cane.
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I went this past Oct solo. I used my ECV entire trip. At counter service restaurants they have designated lines for ECV, wheelchairs, ect. They are on the ends of the counter lines. Not one time did I have a problem. The are on the end so you can exit counter lines. Every time the cashier asked if I needed help carrying my tray, which I did. They got someone to help carry my tray, helped at the topping bar and helped me find a table. Once or twice I had to wait a couple of extra minutes until someone was available. They were all very helpful. So if you have any questions at counter service or need help just ask.
This was at WDW or DLR? OP is going to DLR. I can think of a few CS places at DLR where this wouldn't work with an ECV. My guess is they'll have a CM come over and take your order. There is usually a CM near the entrance of the busier places who may be able to help.
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It was WDW, sorry I didn't see that the original post was for DL
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LOL don't panic I didn't actually mean tow - sometimes I word substitute ... I should have said attach or something. I meant tow in the sense of like - without hiring someone to carry the thing, how do I stick it on - lol.

IDK and maybe mid-trip I'll need to switch to an electric wheelchair and then things will be easier cause they are smaller (I think) OR maybe I'll suddenly recover and all this planning with be for nothing. BUT I use a scooter at home quite frequently and around here anyway anything smaller then a major grocery store, most bathrooms, and a LOT of like traffic control measures (like you have to walk on one side of the cones etc) are NOT wide enough for a scooter. I'm pretty young, I'm pretty good at driving in tight spots, but I just can't see me NOT having to walk --- lots. Maybe Disney is like WAY better at planning then I think though and this is all worry for nothing.

I guess a better question to ask would be --- where DOESN'T an ECV fit? I would imagine trying to navigate counter service would be VERY hard. Where else am I likely to have trouble?
Just a heads up, the electric wheelchairs are very difficult to drive unless you are already using one at home. I have heard that many rental companies will be reluctant to rent to someone who doesn't already use one.
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This is not even allowed. You can bring a scooter inside, but not to the counter. These are still sit down places; they are not outside only places.

As everyone has mentioned the only recourse you have to hold a walker would be to use bungy cords to attach to the seat of the scooter. I'll repeat that it would be better if you used a walker rather than a rollator.
To the PP who mentioned electric wheelchairs being difficult to navigate - THANK YOU. I had no idea it would be any harder then the ECV! I had my choice basically and at this point in my life I went ECV because it fit better with the things I do - like grocery shop but there is the possibility that my needs will change so it's good to know that there will likely be more of a learning curve then I anticipated.

RE canes etc I can't operate them - lol. I LITERALLY will end up smashing someone or something. I have a movement disorder but it's a RARE one. Think parkinson's on steroids that looks a bit like a cross being doing the YMCA dance and the Harlem Shake. I start out "normal" and the more I move each day the worse my symptoms get. So like I can walk around the corner store for five minutes but I couldn't walk for 20. When I walk too much I loose control of my arms too so I can push the rollator but I couldn't lift and place a walker over time without throwing it around. I can also place my hands on the rollator to push but I end up dropping things that I passively "hold". I'm bringing bungees to the hotel anyway to cart around our carseats, and I have the rollator anyway for the airport since I'm not bringing my home scooter so I suppose I will just take it day by day and see how things go. Hopefully if I am careful about the number of steps I take when I NEED to walk I will be able to!
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:52 AM   #15
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When the crutch clips on my rental EVC stopped working, I carried the crutches in front of me on the ECV. The next day, I noticed someone doing the same with a folded-up walker. I wonder if that would work with a rollator, if you took out the basket part and put it in the basket of the ECV.
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