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    I recently cancelled a much needed trip to WDW due to severe back pain. However not going to go to Disney ever again is not an option! I'm probably going to have to use a scooter on the next trip. My fear is, how do you maneuver thorough the crowds? I'm so afraid of running into someone. How do you watch the fireworks or go shopping? Do you go through the normal lines to get on a ride or see a show? Or do you park it and try to walk through the lines with everyone else? Obviously I've not paid much attention to others using scooters. Thanks for any advice you can offer
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    Quote Originally Posted by akaDisneyDreamer View Post
    I recently cancelled a much needed trip to WDW due to severe back pain. However not going to go to Disney ever again is not an option! I'm probably going to have to use a scooter on the next trip. My fear is, how do you maneuver thorough the crowds? I'm so afraid of running into someone. How do you watch the fireworks or go shopping? Do you go through the normal lines to get on a ride or see a show? Or do you park it and try to walk through the lines with everyone else? Obviously I've not paid much attention to others using scooters. Thanks for any advice you can offer

    Well let me see if I can be of some help. Between my lady friend and I we have used scooters a number of times.

    If you are going to be with family I would have someone walk in front of you a few steps ahead. It seem they will get out of the way quicker than trying it with a scooter. For the most part though we have had little trouble.

    As far a the fireworks or shopping that can differ. Fireworks would be no different than normal just try to fine a good spot and wait it out. Shopping can sometimes be an issue if the store is really crowded, but we have been able to get it done you just need to be patient.

    The rides or show depend on how they are set up. I have found that most rides and shows are ECV friendly. One that comes to mind that is not is Pirates of Caribbean. You will need to park the ECV and get a wheel chair. I have noticed that they do have some at the entrance. Rides where you wait in a line you take the ECV to the point where you would need to transfer to the ride. This applies to fast pass or regular lines. If you are not sure just at the cast member and they will be glad to help.

    I would rent an ECV from an a Disney approved off site provider. We use Apple scooter as they provide hazard insurance with the cost of the unit. I have found them to be cheaper than others. In the past I have had 2 issues where I needed to call Apple for a replacement and got it within about 30 min. They deliver either to the park or resort where ever you would have an issue. When you rent an ECV from an approved provider they will deliver it to your resort and you can pick it up at the bell captains desk. When you are finished with the scooter just take it back to the bell captain.

    If you rent one in the parks it is $50 a day plus a $25 deposit. You will not be able to take it out of the parks. Renting one on the outside is about half that and you can use it at the resort. Transportation on buses are not a real issue most of the time.

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    Oh no! I am so sorry that you're sore, and yes, you'll have to go back to Disney!

    I highly recommend renting an ECV from an off-site company, so that you have it with you for the whole trip, not just in the park AND renting from off-site is cheaper than on-site. The "approved" companies (meaning that they can drop it off at your resort) are listed here. Personally, I highly recommend Buena Vista Scooter Rentals (we had two great experiences with them), and highly recommend avoiding Apple (we've had two horrible experiences with them).

    So, once you have the ECV, how is getting around? Better and worse that you're expecting. Crowds can indeed be a challenge, since so many people just won't see you, or won't care. My Mom is an ECV user at Disney, and the most amusing time was when a person walked right into her! She wasn't even moving. However, that is the worst by far, and there was far more good. We do go slowly, we walk with her, so it clears a path a bit, and really, you just manage, it just works. The only real advice is to go slowly, and know that moving around on an ECV in especially crowded times will be slower than walking, so plan for it, and don't get frustrated.

    In terms of everything else, my Mom would generally stay in her ECV for fireworks, we just found a place where she could see, and parades offer a viewing area where no one is standing in front of you. For shopping she would generally just "scoot" around the store, and if it was really busy (like closing at MK), she would park at the door and walk around, just because it was easier, but not required.

    Shows are wonderful, and there is ECV seating, so you don't need to move. Thee are seats next to the ECV "parking", so you can watch with your group. For shows and attractions, you can choose to park your ECV and walk through the regular lines, or take it with you, whichever will be better for you. There are a few attractions where you can't take your ECV (Winnie the Pooh, Ellen's Adventure come to mind), but for these there are wheelchairs available at the attraction (for free of course), or you can walk through the line. The ECV will go on some rides, and you will have to transfer for others, and your ECV will be waiting for you when you get off the ride.

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    Thank you both for your advice. I'm sure once I get on a scooter everything will be okay, after all, I'll be scooting around Disney! Still nervous about it, but like I said, not going at all isn't an option! Hoping to go in Sept. Need to book it soon. Thanks again!
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    I'll be doing a solo trip in late April using an ECV. Reserved the scooter today through Buena Vista Scooters. This will be my 1st time using an off-site provider. I went ahead and booked some accessories for the scooter, so the price is about the same as a standard ECV at the parks. I asked for a sun shade, a cup holder, and a cane holder. The sun shade will make the over-all height of the ECV taller, so I'm hoping I'll be a bit more visible (especially if I add some LED lights).

    One tip that I did read was to not try to leave with the horde after the Fireworks. Either leave just before they start or wait out the crowd. It'll be much less stressful for you.

    I'm planning on posting a trip report afterwards, so hopefully it will be informative for others thinking of using an ECV and especially if they are doing it solo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akaDisneyDreamer View Post
    I recently cancelled a much needed trip to WDW due to severe back pain. However not going to go to Disney ever again is not an option! I'm probably going to have to use a scooter on the next trip. My fear is, how do you maneuver thorough the crowds? I'm so afraid of running into someone. How do you watch the fireworks or go shopping? Do you go through the normal lines to get on a ride or see a show? Or do you park it and try to walk through the lines with everyone else? Obviously I've not paid much attention to others using scooters. Thanks for any advice you can offer
    As far as maneuvering through crowds, I keep one hand on the speed control (turtle/rabbit dial) at all times. It's amazing how many people walk without looking in front of them. People walking while looking down at their cell phone (or maybe texting), people walking or even running forward while looking in back of them for the rest of their family. And even though I stop, I've had people almost walk right into my scooter. Almost all the souvenir shops have great, wide aisle, so shopping's easy. I've done both-riding my scooter thru lines, and getting off and walking with my cane.
    By the way, I also have a very bad back, and resisted a scooter for years. Now that I've finally given in and use one, I wondered "What took me so long?"

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    I would purchase a stroller hook ot a pack of the baby links that attach to one another so you have some added places to hang items and bags since traveling alone. They are cheap and can be used in so any ways/configurations. Don't forget a towel or cushion for sitting on/against. The seats are not made for all day comfort. Also remember a rain covering or better yet a couple cheap dollar store ponchos for the inevitable pop up rain storms to protect the controls and keep everything dry. Have a magical trip.

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    No one compares to disney when it comes to helping the handicapped and those w/ scooters. I've used one on every trip and had no problem moving around Disney on it. I can go in any shopping area with no issues. ON all rides either i can take my scooter to the end or i can transfer into a wheel chair.

    as far as going through crowds, that can be changeling. People can move in any differnt direction on a dime and stop on a dime. you cant do that w/ scooters. people will cut you off, and no matter how much you're paying attention and they are not, you may accidently clip someone, and of course that will be your fault, even though they cut infront of you! LOL. don't worry, you'll get the hang of it quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ransam View Post
    as far as going through crowds, that can be changeling. People can move in any differnt direction on a dime and stop on a dime. you cant do that w/ scooters. people will cut you off, and no matter how much you're paying attention and they are not, you may accidently clip someone, and of course that will be your fault, even though they cut infront of you! LOL. don't worry, you'll get the hang of it quickly.
    And with smartphones now being an integral part of WDW, they're the enemy of the scooter-user. I've had so many people walk into me on my scooter because they were looking down at their cell phone instead of watching where they're going.

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    I have not read any of the other replies, so this advice may be duplicated...

    Do make sure that the first time you get on it, you turn the speed to slow before starting out.

    We were at the Caribbean Beach Resort waiting for Disney Magical Express to pick us up to go to the airport and saw a man picking up a scooter. It was only funny since the scooter was not for him and no one was hurt, but he got on it and that thing really took off on him. They can make really tight turns and he nearly ended up laying it over!

    So learn from him and make sure the speed is set on slow during your learning curve and I think you will do great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cer View Post
    It was only funny since the scooter was not for him and no one was hurt, but he got on it and that thing really took off on him. They can make really tight turns and he nearly ended up laying it over!
    I have been thinking about my response. Please don't think I am being insensitive - if I could edit my post, I would, but it has been too long and that is no longer an option.

    'Funny' isn't the best word choice. It was just so very unexpected. You don't often see a scooter move so quickly and wildly out of control.

    The lesson is still the same. Be careful to check the speed before starting off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cer View Post
    Do make sure that the first time you get on it, you turn the speed to slow before starting out.
    It is best if you check your where your speed is set every time you get back on your scooter after it has been parked and left alone for awhile. For some reason more and more lately when I return from a meal or a ride or using the restroom the dial has been changed to the fastest setting and I know darn well I didn't leave it like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simba's Mom View Post
    And with smartphones now being an integral part of WDW, they're the enemy of the scooter-user. I've had so many people walk into me on my scooter because they were looking down at their cell phone instead of watching where they're going.
    Sadly this is becoming way to frequent lately. Still haven't hit anyone. Sometimes you don't even have to be moving and are completely parked, out of the way and over to the side and people will almost run into you right before they would walk straight into a wall.
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    Keeping control of the speed is excellent advice. I keep one hand on the speed control dial as often as possible.

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    Double check the speed setting each time you get back on the scooter. Just in case a prankster decided you need to be on rabbit rather than turtle.
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