Renting a wheelchair from Disneyland
versus an outside vendor
For guests that don’t use a wheelchair on a regular basis, yet need one for extended outings, choosing where to rent a wheelchair from can be confusing. To help you decide I compiled this list of pros and cons for renting one from Disneyland or from an outside vendor.
Renting from Disneyland
Pro: Wide seats
Pro: Wheelchair and ECV’s have pockets/baskets for your personal belongings
Pro: Wheelchairs have cup holders
Pro: Rental location is conveniently located in the esplanade.
Con: You will spend more money renting from the park when visiting for 3 or more days.
Con: Disneyland wheelchairs and ECVs can NOT leave the parks. Renting from the park is not the option for you if you plan on spending time in the Downtown District, eating at any of the Disneyland Resort Hotels, or if you need to return to your room for a nap.
Con: Disneyland wheelchairs and ECVs can NOT be reserved. If you are not planning on arriving early, you may find that there aren’t any available.
Con: If you do not arrive within the hour prior to park opening, the time needed to rent your wheelchair/ECV will cut into prime park time. Mornings are the best for getting on rides quickly.
Renting from an outside vendor
Pro: Most outside vendors offer a variety of wheelchair/ECV styles.
Pro: Most outside vendors offer delivery and pick up of your wheelchair/ECV at your hotel.
Pro: You can take your wheelchair/ECV anywhere!!! This perk allows for you to return to your hotel for a nap, to visit the Downtown District, or to eat off property.
Pro: When staying for 3 or more days, your rental cost will most likely be less than if you rented from Disneyland.
Pro: Reservations can and should be made.
Con: Choosing an outside vendor. At the end of this post I have provided links to a few vendors. I also suggest asking the hotel that you are planning to stay at for recommendations as they may have a deal to give you a discount from a particular vendor.
I hope this helps you in the planning of your first or next Disneyland Vacation!
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