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Disney Bus Transportation for Guests Using Wheelchairs and ECVs Special Mouse – Unofficial Disney Parks and Travel for Your Special Needs
Special Mouse – Unofficial Disney Parks and Travel for Your Special Needs

Special Mouse Podcast

Disney Bus Transportation for Guests using Wheelchairs and ECVs 076

The wheels on the bus go ’round and ’round! Today we’re talking about wheelchairs, ECVs and special needs strollers on the Disney bus transportation system!

 

Bus

photo: WDW for Grownups

If you’re like me and you’re a Walt Disney World fan, you’ve probably racked up hundreds of rides on the Disney Bus System and that is the topic of today’s feature. It’s been ages since we’ve done a Listener Tea Party so I’ve invited three listeners (Mike Greer, Bruce Sherman and Meriwyn Travisano) to join me for a discussion about mobility and special needs on the Disney Bus Transportation System and believe me, we had a lot to talk about:

– Accessibility of Resort and theme park bus stops

– Safety Issues for wheelchairs and ECVs in transit

– Attitudes of non-disabled guests (including “Scooter Shaming”)

– Pediatric wheelchairs vs. regular strollers and the stroller-as-wheelchair tag on the Disney bus system

…and much more!

 

Be sure to read this Special Mouse BLOG concerning the options required for a pediatric wheelchair (special needs stroller) to be used safely on a Disney bus in transit!

Safe for Transit on Bus-

For more information about the Convaid pediatric wheelchairs mentioned in today’s show, please visit the official Convaid website.

Mousekeeping

According to At Disney Again: Pictures from Around the World, Disney has purchased new ECVs (electronic convenience vehicles) or scooters for rental in the Florida theme parks.  Several pictures of the spiffy new vehicles were posted on Instagram and it seems the new ECVs are equipped with a USB charger for your phone, allowing guests to power up their devices while they ride!

Thanks to listener Maureen Deal for sharing AND for confirming that the new ECVs are indeed in use at the Walt Disney World parks.

For information about ECV rental at the Walt Disney World resort, visit the Disney website.

 

Tip of the Week

This week’s tip comes from listener Lori Hope Fries!

If you are planning to use an ECV (or scooter) in the parks, bring along a shower cap to cover the controls, that way they are protected in case it rains.

Thanks, Lori – great tip!

 

And thank YOU for listening!

 

Kathy

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  1. Marcy July 25, 2015

    I’ve used the shower cap many times over the controls and it works great. On our last trip (I have a personal ECV) I had a couple of caps in the pouch on the back of my scooter. We had a downpour so I used one and noticed a woman who was trying to protect her controls with a towel so my stepson gave her the extra.

    Also, glad to hear WDW has some new ECVs. The old ones looked like they would handle like a tank!

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    • admin July 27, 2015

      Hi Marcy! Great idea — it’s always a good idea to bring extras!

      Kathy

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  2. Donna July 29, 2015

    Thank you SO MUCH for being so honest and outspoken on this subject. I AM one of those people who was mortified when I reached the point that I had to start using a wheelchair at WDW, although I don’t at home. (I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home, and I can walk short distances.)

    We usually make multiple trips a year to WDW and are members of DVC; and for about 2 years I just kept making excuses to send my husband and daughter off to the parks while I stayed in the condo. Then my family caught on and realized why I wasn’t going into the parks and INSISTED on my using a wheelchair. Even with that, for the first two trips, each time I sat in the chair I hung my head so no one would see me tearing up. I was so embarrassed; I was so sure everyone else was making those ugly judgments of me. I still feel it, but I gave up and decided I’ve missed enough of life and will NOT stop going to WDW just so THEY can feel superior!

    I love the podcast. Please keep up the good work!

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    • admin July 29, 2015

      Donna, I’m so GLAD that you decided to let NOTHING or NO ONE stand in your way! Enjoy Disney and enjoy the show! ~ Kathy

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