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  1. DMLAINI

    DMLAINI Mouseketeer

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    So we leave in less than a wk and Mom my just got diagnosed with a bone spur on her toe. She plans on walking but I wanted info. on how & where to rent a wheelchair or motorized scooter @ the last minute just in case
     
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  3. jeepwreck

    jeepwreck DIS Veteran

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    you can rent both at the main gates of all parks, at customer service, how ever i believe you can only use it in the park so when you leave you have to return it
     
  4. KPeveler

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    If you do not rent a scooter early in the day in the parks, it is likely they are going to run out. this can happen with wheelchairs too, but generally this only happens during very crowded times.

    If you look at the FAQs at the top of the page, you will see a list of off-site rental companies where you can rent either a wheelchair or scooter.

    Understand that if you rent offsite, it may be the following day until they get can a scooter to you, depending on time and availability, etc. If you rent on-site, you must turn in the wheelchair or scooter at the exit gate. You cannot take them on buses or to the resorts.
     
  5. FortForever

    FortForever Disney since Day 1

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    Although not on my toes, I have bone spurs on the sides of both of my feet. I didn't know they were there and during our January trip had major problems with deep blisters on the bottoms of my feet. Apparently, the stress from the spurs causes pressure on other parts of the feet.

    Anyway, because of this I really messed up my feet. I ended up needing to rent a scooter for our March trip because my feet were not yet healed up. I rented from Apple Scooters and was very happy with both their service and their scooter.

    If your mom decides to walk, please tell her to take care with her whole foot, not just the area of the spur. Mine are finally doing good enough that I will be walking during our trip later this month, but my feet will be pampered! :)
     
  6. ibcrazie4dizney

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    on two of our trips, we used walker mobility. they delivered scooter to our non-Disney resort before our arrival. we used it all week and left it at our hotel when we left. they break down and go in the trunk of rental car/suv. before using them, my dad had trouble getting into the park to rent scooter. we had handicap tag and parked in handicap. they would have a few, I mean only a few if any, wheel chairs in the parking lot. so he many times had to walk from the handicap lot into the park, which was too far for him. so we loved having scooter for the entire trip, so he had use of it anywhere he went and didn't have to go thru rental process each day.
     
  7. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

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    Regarding scooter delivery - ibcrazie4dizney is correct about Walker being able to deliver to non-Disney resorts, but a change occurred at Disney owned resorts. On November 1, 2012, WDW started a 'Preferred Vendor' where only those vendors are allowed to deliver ahead of time and have the guest leave the scooter/wheelchair to pick up from the resort.
    Other vendors need to arrange directly with the guest to deliver and pick up from the guest.
    Walker is not one of the Preferered Vendors, at least at this time (March 2013), so they are not able to deliver ahead of time and pick up after you leave at Disney resorts. They are still a very good company, and many people still choose to use them.

    Post 2 of the disABILITIES FAQs thread has more information about Preferred Vendors and has phone numbers and website links to those providers, along with some others that DIS Posters have recommended over the years.
     
  8. DMLAINI

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    Thank You everyone!!:)
     
  9. peemagg

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    I had to call Apple last minute on our trip the past March after a Disney CM broke my personal scooter. They had the scooter at my resort within an hour of calling. On a previous trip, another member of our party needed a scooter. We called Apple around noon and when we returned to our resort at around 3 that day, the scooter was there waiting for us.

    Apple has bailed us out a couple of times now and I am totally satisfied with their service.
     
  10. DMLAINI

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    Sounds like Apple will be a good option if she'd need it
     
  11. jdb in AZ

    jdb in AZ <font color=green>It could end up curdled<br><font

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    Sounds like she needs it. The question is, how to convince her?

    :moped:
     
  12. JudithM

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    I wouldn't hesitate to call Walker Mobility even though they are not on Disney's preferred provider list. They have served me well for over a decade, even with the new restrictions. I had no problem with delivery or pick-up under Disney's new rules/restrictions when I used Walker last fall. Walker personnel have always been very accommodating for me.

    I called recently and asked about ECV rental and learned their prices have been lowered and they no longer charge a service charge :).

    DMLAINI, please let your mother know she (and your entire group) will have a much better time if she uses a scooter rather than be in pain, slow you all down, etc.
     
  13. DMLAINI

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    Thanks everyone. She still say she doesn't think she'll need anyone. She has been getting acupuncture and says it helps. DD4 did step on the toe today.:moped:
     
  14. utterrandomness

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    Acupuncture is awesome. It worked for me for almost a year. I got 2-3 days of pain relief, barring any accidents/falls/vindictive women with strollers (only happened once), but I've wandered off topic. Sorry.

    Personally, I'm pretty stubborn, so I think I can understand why she doesn't want to use one. The good news is that she can always change her mind. I'd perhaps remind her that the average person walks 8-12 miles at WDW.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip.
     
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    Thank You!
     
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    If you check out the FAQs at the top of the page, I think the second post has a list of companies that you can rent a scooter from. You will definitely want to rent off-site, as they are very expensive in the parks and they often run out of scooters.

    I stayed in Coronado Springs for my honeymoon and I had both a manual wheelchair AND a rental power chair (which is different than a scooter) in the room with absolutely no problems. Coronado Springs does not have indoor corridors, so you MUST bring the scooter into the room with you. You should have no problems with fitting it into the room.

    As you say your DH is pooh-sized, he will likely need a HD model of a scooter, which is built to handle a greater weight. When you reserve the scooter, they generally ask the weight of the user, so they give you the correct model. HD scooters are usually just a little larger, have a properly sized seat for the user, and have a little more power so the batteries do not drain too fast. Just make sure that you charge the scooter all night, every night, and you will be fine.

    Hope this helps!
     

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