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