water parks and wheelchairs

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  1. BethCPTSD

    BethCPTSD Mouseketeer

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    Hi everyone,
    I just had a question about the water parks at WDW which I have not been to (TL and BB.) I have limited mobility specifically related to POTS and other illnesses that also cause extreme fatigue on top of my ANS issues. I can walk short distances, but use my chair when I'm out of the house to control my heart/lung issues and fatigue. At the water parks, would I be able to take my chair up to but not onto the sand and leave it a short distance away from where I'd be? Is it like the regular parks where you can park it and come back to it later? And is it very far away? I wouldn't be going on slides, more like beach access and (I think they have a lazy river?)

    Any info in this regard would be appreciated. Thank you very much!

    Beth
     
  2. cmwade77

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    I don't know the answer, but I have always been curious how the water parks work for wheelchair users. I know some water parks out there will loan you a chair that you can even take into the water if necessary, but not sure about Disney.
     
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  4. MaryLovesPoohBear

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    I had the same question, but asking about my scooter.

    Anyone out there that has used one or the other?
     
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  5. mindy lou

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    We brought my son's rental wheelchair with us to TL last year. We left it at our chairs, right near an entrance point to the lazy river. We spent most of our time in the the lazy river, so we didn't really try to use it to get around the park (other than the arrival/departure).

    Have fun!
     
  6. RaySharpton

    RaySharpton Retired and going to Disney.

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    I would be interested in answers, too.
     
  7. jbm02

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    We're interested too. My DH is a RBKA; we typically use a scooter at WDW because the walking is too much on his stump. We had pretty much written off visiting the water parks again but maybe someone an give us strategies???
     
  8. MaryLovesPoohBear

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    Seems like everyone wants to know about it.

    We do plan on visiting in September. Whether we take the scooter or not, I will report back.
     
  9. kazlac4

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    Hopefully I can help...We just returned from a trip to both waterparks. There are a few wheelchairs in the parking lots for those that need help getting to the parks. We arrived early to BB and there were 3 of them available in the lot. The "parking lot" wheelchairs have high poles on them and once you get into the park you will need to go to guest services to rent a chair for the day. I believe it was in the $12 to $15 range. WELL worth the price for me as I have lung/heart problems which make walking any distance an effort. The day we went to Typhoon Lagoon there were no "parking lot" wheelchairs to be found but my husband asked one of the CMs in parking area and he actually went into the park and found one for us. We were very thankful for that! (I believe we did need to leave a refundable deposit when getting the rental). Have fun...wish we were still there !!
     
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  10. cmwade77

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    Out of curiosity, are their rentals water safe wheelchairs that could be taken into zero entry locations?
     
  11. kazlac4

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    The one I rented was a regular non-powered wheelchair. You might want to call the water-park itself to see if they offer anything else.
     
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  13. RaySharpton

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    Thank you, Mamabun for the info. I went ahead and posted the photos from your link below:

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  14. BethCPTSD

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    Thank you guys very much! I also look forward to future reports! :)
     
  15. mindy lou

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    I was at TL today and definitely saw several people in ECVs and wheelchairs. I watched one lady drive her ECV right through the water stream that runs kind of between the wave pool and lazy river (sorry, not sure of the name of the area) so she was certainly able to get it all around! I saw signs for accessible entrances at the lazy river and at least a few of the tube slides (my son doesn't do body slides so I can't comment on those). I saw a lift at the little pool near Crusher Gusher. Unfortunately I didn't see anybody using any of these to report further, but they are there!
     
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  16. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

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    There was a thread with this information when the article come out; I don’t remember a lot of discussion.

    We have not been to the water parks for quite a few years, but did take our daughter on the lazy river. Because she can’t walk and is too heavy to carry more than 20 feet or so, we parked her wheelchair near one of the lazy river wheelchair entry points (with bump steps).
    My one hint would be to make very sure you know WHICH of the entry points you used. If you get out too soon - no wheelchair! If you miss your stop, you need to go all the way around again (not the I did that :ssst:).

    This is a link to the park maps for each of the water parks. They have access information; there is no separate water park map for guests with disabilities as far as I know.
    https://secure.cdn1.wdpromedia.com/...-overview/water-parks-03-18.pdf?1529515216650
     
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  17. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

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    Here’s a link to a past thread, which has links to other past threads.
    https://www.disboards.com/threads/which-water-park-is-more-ha.3480186/

    https://www.disboards.com/threads/s...ssible-features-at-disney-waterparks.3369563/

    As far as I know, there have been changes as far as accessibility goes at the water parks.
    The biggest change was that water parks used to offer free wheelchairs - they changed to the same price and deposit as Disney Springs ($12 per day and $100 deposit).

    I also remembered we took my daughter’s own wheelchair into the wave pool - at one point, Disney had a disability guide that said wheelchairs could be brought into the wave pool to a level lower than the axel (the axel has a lot of grease).
    The other thing I remember about the water parks was trying to avoid sand - you don’t want to get sand into the wheelchair axels or the brakes.
     
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