Walt Disney World Transportation Accessibility Review

When arranging a take a look at to Walt Disney Environment, two essential factors are: how do I get there and how will I get about? 

As a boy or girl, my parents drove the family numerous, a lot of hrs (18? 24?) one time to visit. My partner remembers his family performing the extended push as soon as as a youngster, then traveling for other journeys. Enduring a extensive generate can be really worth it for the epic pleasurable of browsing WDW, but quite a few guests (who aren’t community) tend to fly in and then use the onsite transportation solutions. 

In this post, I evaluation the accessibility of Walt Disney World transportation for people today with mobility disabilities to be aware of when preparing their visits.

Having to Walt Disney World

Flying

I do not have the actual physical stamina for a very long generate to WDW, but admire the men and women who do. Having your individual car would be helpful for offsite grocery searching, traveling to the parks, and just obtaining a at ease transportation selection that you can use at no matter what time you wish.

For the relaxation of us non-locals, flying is ordinarily the option for traveling to Orlando and traveling to WDW. It turns a two-day (or for a longer period) push into a few hour flight. Even though I discover flying stress filled and exhausting, the reward of WDW helps make it worthwhile!

As a wheelchair person, traveling is terrifying because I have to rely on airways with my motorized wheelchair. It is custom made built for me and it is my mobility. But I have had a ton of undesirable airline experiences harming (or even totaling) my wheelchairs. To attempt to limit complications, we get there early to the airport to get distinctive tags for my wheelchair and we attach dealing with directions to it (this kind of as, don’t disconnect or unscrew matters). I board to start with with help, then my wheelchair is taken to be (with any luck , carefully) loaded into the luggage hold. When we arrive, I am final to deboard because I have to wait for my wheelchair to be unloaded (following the baggage) and then introduced up to the door of the aircraft. If all goes perfectly, I transfer again into it and zip off to my magical Disney Globe holiday break.

Floor Transportation

For all those with their have automobiles, they under no circumstances have to deal with the airport and have their individual nearby transportation. Because we fly, we have applied Magical Express to transportation us to our Disney resort for more than a ten years. We usually selected ME due to the fact it was trusted (under no circumstances experienced a very long wait around or a no-clearly show) and accessible. As you may guess, available transportation can be tricky to occur by. I’ve dropped rely the number of obtainable cabs that have been reserved weeks in advance and under no circumstances confirmed. (Really do not get me started out on the ride share expert services that hardly have any obtainable cars, if at all.) With any luck ,, the new assistance launching by Mears in January 22 (or continuation of the buses below the previous agreement operators) will be just as obtainable and trustworthy.

Walt Disney Planet Magical Categorical bus

We have in no way appeared into leasing an obtainable van, because my other journey encounters have shown this to be value prohibitive. As in hundreds of bucks. With that in mind, the paid shuttle will be our go-to possibility commencing next yr.

On Site Journey

Without the need of our very own automobile (owned or rental) and the complication of applying a motorized wheelchair, we’ve been satisfied to rely on the several accessible transportation alternatives made available by WDW. Not only are they free for guests, they are abundant and available for a assortment of wheelchairs.

Monorail

When we consider of transportation at Walt Disney Earth, several of us consider of the Monorail—the gold normal of swift journey concerning Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and numerous of the deluxe resorts about the lake. 

Whilst the listing of places may possibly be quick, travel among them is swift and comfortable on the Monorail. Even so, boarding with a wheelchair consists of a modest further hard work. An attendant requirements to set up a ramp and find a house for boarding. The house on the coach automobiles can be a small confined, so working with the Monorail could be finest advised for folks with highly-maneuverable wheelchairs.

Author boarding the Monorail in her motorized wheelchairAuthor boarding the Monorail in her motorized wheelchair

Buses

Buses are the circulatory technique of Disney Environment. They go everywhere you go! They loop the massive resorts and then transportation friends to every single park (which includes drinking water parks), as well as Disney Springs. We have arrive to depend on the buses as they are normally accessible and have normal routes that make it quick to strategy.

Walt Disney World bus with ramp deployedWalt Disney Entire world bus with ramp deployed

Each individual bus kneels (lowers on the boarding facet) and has a motorized ramp for easy boarding with a wheelchair. They all have at the very least two parking spots (exactly where the seats fold up to make place for a wheelchair) and tie-downs for securing the wheelchair during vacation. Some buses even have a few or four places. In my expertise, the bus drivers have all been perfectly-qualified in how to properly board and safe passengers in wheelchairs for vacation.

Author parked and secured on bus in her motorized wheelchairCreator parked and secured on bus in her motorized wheelchair

The down sides of buses are the unpredictable wait around instances. On some visits, the buses appear regularly and we have no problems. But commonly we have a time or two when the wait around is amazingly extensive. Final yr during a go to there was a conversation challenge at the depot and no bus confirmed to return us (and a hundred new close friends from the line) to our resort from EPCOT for much more than an hour. No personnel had been handling the buses on web page, so we had been discovering cell phone numbers and creating calls from our dwindling cell telephones. 

In the same way, when the wheelchair spaces on the buses are loaded, we have to wait for the following bus. This can seem to be like a very long wait! Frequently the motorists will phone the depot and allow them know a wheelchair customer is waiting around for transportation, which helps to speed factors together.

Boats 

1 of my favourite means to vacation all-around WDW is by boat. The boats can be the most immediate route in between areas, so they can be incredibly efficient. But what I genuinely get pleasure from is getting on the drinking water and making the most of the sights and views of unique parks and resorts. 

Author boarding Friendship Boat via ramp with her motorized wheelchairWriter boarding Friendship Boat by using ramp with her motorized wheelchair

If we can handle it, I like to shop and dine at the Polynesian Vacation resort for the duration of our Disney visits. It’s a lovely position and they often have exciting tropical shirts. (My spouse has fairly the collection from visits more than the many years!) We depart a minor early from the Magic Kingdom and just take a boat to the resort across the lake. It’s a great way to unwind and get into the Polynesian mood.

A several many years in the past we took a unique boat over to the Wilderness Vacation resort. That was so substantially fun! It was a scaled-down boat and went by a winding way to dock. This sort of a excellent view and then we had a search about the attractive resort just before an astounding dinner with Snow White and pals.

Author rolling onto Ferry from Magic Kingdom in her motorized wheelchairWriter rolling on to Ferry from Magic Kingdom in her motorized wheelchair

Maybe my favored boat discovery had been the ones that operate from EPCOT and Hollywood Studios to the Swan and Dolphin Resorts (moreover other resorts). They ran routinely and provided an effortless transportation selection. These Friendship Boats have various spots for wheelchairs and can be boarded employing a portable ramp. Even better, the Ferry Boats have a sleek transition ramp for boarding.

Author parked on ferry in motorized wheelchairCreator parked on ferry in motorized wheelchair

The down aspect of driving the boats is sometimes the wheelchair areas can fill up and then you could have to wait awhile for the future boat. Nevertheless, I uncovered this is unusual. On the larger boats there are several spaces, so this is a lot more widespread for the smaller sized ones. Of system, they also never go everywhere you go and so can only be made use of for particular trips.

Skyliner

The Skyliner is the most current and greatest in transportation from Walt Disney Environment. It’s a gondola in the sky that runs in between EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and a number of resorts (these kinds of as the large Caribbean Beach front Resort). It is speedy and efficient for journey amongst these locations, but it can incorporate a extended wait around in line that leaves one particular wanting to know if the bus would have been just as rapidly. 

View of Caribbean Beach resort with SkylinerCheck out of Caribbean Beach vacation resort with Skyliner

A big moreover is how accessible the gondola automobiles are. Just roll on and an attendant spots a split halt guiding the wheels in advance of raise off. The accessible boarding place is different, so the motor vehicles quit (where as common board implies they are regularly shifting). When you arrive, the attendant at the end pulls the break and assists to guide the wheelchair straight out backwards. It’s uncomplicated and doesn’t involve a specific gondola or time-consuming tie down.

Author parked on Skyliner gondola with wheels blockedCreator parked on Skyliner gondola with wheels blocked

Rolling 

Till not too long ago, we hardly ever experienced the pleasure of rolling (or going for walks) to a park from the resort we have been staying at. What a superb detail! 

Considering the fact that my wheelchair operates on batteries I can maintain likely for a long time (as lengthy as the demand holds out), but I on a regular basis look at in with my husband about how he is performing with the going for walks. We set on a ton of mileage rolling about parks, so I am sensitive that his toes and legs will tire. Fortunate for us, he has a substantial walking tolerance, so we have in no way experienced any issues, as very long as we get some breaks in for him to rest a minor (and of study course refuel with a Mickey Bar!). 

Rolling through Disney WorldRolling by Disney Earth

When we stayed at the Dolphin Vacation resort I was excited to try out walking to two of the parks (Hollywood Studios and Epcot). I enjoy the independence of remaining able to roll and get there in our own time. We finished up selecting to roll/stroll in the mornings and acquire the boat again in the evenings to give my husband’s ft a crack. This turned out to be a wonderful mixture as we acquired to the parks awesome and early on our possess steam when taking pleasure in sipping on espresso and the lovely morning views. In the evening when we had been all tuckered out, we could relax and view the boat coast alongside.

Conclusion

At Walt Disney Entire world there are a plethora of available travel alternatives. It is probably the only area I ever take a look at the place all choices are available and open to wheelchairs, devoid of great energy or tension. If only other destinations would embrace this sort of Disney magic!