Hello all. Do you have any advice for us handicapped people?

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Hello all. Do you have any advice for us handicapped people?

I love going to WDW, but my knees don't like it anymore. Oh well, I'm either going to have to take a ton of pain meds during my trip or get a motorized scooter if I don't want to look like i have basketballs implanted where my knees are.

Do you have any tips and tricks for those of us who are in this situation to have a better park hopping experience? wheelchair

Thanks.

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Dont rush. Take your time. Enjoy the trip. There is usually plenty of seating everywhere. When my Mom goes... she can only walk so far. So we would walk for maybe 5 minutes, and she will need to sit down. No worries. Were there for fun and relaxation. No need to push it.

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Just take your time and go at your own pace. If you DO need an ECV there are a few places in Orlando that rent them for the duration of your stay and they will even deliver them to your resort and pick them up after. Also they are much cheaper than if you rent them from Disney and you have them ALL the time, not just in the resorts. One of our members Kristen rents the from time to time when her medical condition flares up so I am sure she will tell you more than I can.
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I don't usually use a wheelchair at home, but with my fibromyalgia I often need one at Walt Disney World due to high pain levels and weakness. I've also had three knee surgeries, so that's a tender spot for me. It was really a hard choice for me to first rent an ECV, but it has turned more than one trip from miserable to wonderful. I'm not in one every day, so I rent from Disney. That is at a much higher rate than the outside scooter companies charge. Don't hesitate to get one if you think you need it. Depending on the time of year at the parks they can run out, so it's always best to get there early if you rent from Disney.

If you are walking go slowly, take frequent breaks. Rushing is going to give you a greater impact on your knees, take it at an easy pace. It will all be there when you arrive. You need to make sure that you do use your legs on vacation if they get normal use at home. An extended time on a scooter for even a week can cause weakness if you have significantly altered your activity levels. Another reason I choose to rent at Disney.

To ward off swelling I also have a couple of things that I do. I do some stretching after a hot shower in the morning. I've also been known to do some simple leg stretches while in ride queue lines to keep the blood flowing when standing for a long time. Every night I either hit the hot tub before bed or take a hot shower and stretch again. Then I elevate my feet above my head for 15 minutes.

Most of all, don't let this stop you from going. Disney is probably the best place on earth if you have to be in a chair, they make everything very easy for you.

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Thanks all. I've had some injuries that the Army saw fit to medically discharge me for and they rear their ugly heads more often than i care for.

I think I'll look into the outside companies since my father will also need one (yep, we are both broken jokers as the Army says laugh )

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