Super spooky Haunted Mansions, munching on macaroons at the Red Rose Taverne, and top secret Rise of the Resistance missions. With so many diverse Disneyland Resort offerings, there’s never a bad time to plan a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. Thankfully, Disneyland prides itself on extending the Disney experience to every Mickey lover. The entire Disney family has gone to great lengths to make both of its theme parks a pleasant experience for people with disabilities.
Follow along to learn everything you need to know about a Disneyland wheelchair rental.
From what rides may require special assistance in California Adventure to when to speak to a cast member to cut down on long lines, our guide covers it all.
Whether you’ve never cruised through Disneyland in a wheelchair before. Or are an experienced rider, our experts will spill every last tip and trick to conquer the park on wheels.
Discover the best parking structures for a wheelchair user. Or learn when to utilize the Disability Access service to diminish an unyielding wait time.
Read on to immerse yourself in the eternal magic of a Disneyland Vacation from the comfort of your ECV or wheelchair?
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Disneyland Wheelchair Policy
Wondering just what is the official Disneyland Wheelchair policy? Fortunately, Disneyland holds the utmost respect, empathy, and consideration for guests with disabilities. Disneyland does not require visitors to carry an assistance card or show proof of disability.
From multi-stall restrooms to special mobility features in Disneyland hotels, the resort makes every effort to ensure disabled or mobility-impaired guests can enjoy every aspect of the park. Depending on your specific disability, you may wish to consult Disability Services before your park visit. You can reach out to a representative via phone or email:
- (407) 560-2547
Or visit one of many Guest relations locations throughout Disneyland Park and Disneyland Adventure. In fact, we highly recommend scouting out a Guest Relations kiosk prior to your park visit and requesting a Guide for Guests with Disabilities. Rules, regulations, and ride policies are always changing at Disney, and it pays to check in with the experts.
A cast member will happily provide you with a map for each park and point out any ride for which you can collect a return time. Please be aware that your ride return time can vary anywhere from 30 minutes to more. The ride return time will reflect the current ride wait time, but instead of waiting in a queue, you and your wheelchair party* will be free to grab a tasty churro, use restroom facilities, or wait in a more comfortable shaded spot.
The Disability Access Service program has recently undergone some new and exciting changes. However, please note that DAS is intended only for guests who experience difficulty waiting in line due to a disability. DAS is not designed for guests with mobility issues but as a helping hand for guests who can not tolerate a traditional line.
DAS-enabled guests can request a return time for a specific experience that is comparable to the current standby wait time. Currently, guests can register for DAS in one of two ways.
- via live video call prior to their Disneyland visit
- Or in person
Lastly, DAS guests can now currently receive DAS return times through the Disneyland mobile app.
Disneyland Parking Structures for Guests with Disabilities
Curious about which parking lot is your best bet with a wheelchair in tow? While parking for guests with disabilities is available throughout the Disneyland resort, the easiest lot to park in, i.e., the one with the shortest walk, is the Toy Story Lot. Please note that to park in a disabled spot, you must have a valid placard or license plate on display.
If, for some reason, a designated disabled parking space is not available, a parking Cast Member will happily direct you to the closest available parking option. In addition, if you or a member of your Disney party requires special parking needs such as a ramp or lift, please notify a cast member immediately.
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Depending on your specific mobility needs, it may be helpful to pre-plan your wheelchair rental strategy. Wheelchair and ECV rentals will be available to the right of the Disneyland Park Main Entrance. Furthermore, you may be able to utilize a courtesy wheelchair to travel between the Disney Downtown tram and the park's main entrance. For more parking information and applicable rates, click here.
Disneyland Rides that are Wheelchair Accessible
While Disneyland has made an unwavering commitment to making as much of the park as possible accessible to those with mobility needs, it is important to know that every ride is different. Many of Disneyland’s most popular rides were built decades ago and may feature winding and narrow lanes.
Generally, Disney wheelchair riders should breathe easy, as most ride queues at Disneyland are ADA-compliant. Disneyland wheelchair guests may not automatically be bumped to the front of the line, but they can expect rides to display the following accessibilities or requirements:
- Ambulatory Requirements
- Transfer from ECV to Wheelchair
- Wheelchair and ECV Accessible
- Transfer from Wheelchair or ECV
If you do require additional assistance or aid, don’t fret! Cast members are always more than willing to help a fellow Mouseketeer, whether slowing down the ride or offering a hand with a wheelchair transfer.
For a complete list of ride requirements and breakdowns, click here.
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Rent a Wheelchair at Disneyland
Before you can blast off for some Space Mountain fun or wheel your way onto Jessie’s Critter Carousel, you’ll need to secure your Disneyland Electric Wheelchair or scooter rental. Whether you are looking for a traditional wheelchair rental at Disneyland. Or would feel more comfortable with an electric wheelchair rental at Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth has got you covered.
Disneyland Wheelchair rental prices* are as follows:
- $15 per day for manual wheelchair rentals
- $60 per day for ECV rentals
Both rentals will require a refundable deposit of $20. Rental locations can be found just outside both theme parks, east of the Disneyland Park Main Entrance. Please know that both ECVs and traditional wheelchairs can not be reserved. As a result, it is highly encouraged to arrive early as there are a limited amount of products available.
Of course, all guests are welcome to bring their own mobility aids into the park or rent from a third party. The return time of your rental will be based on the time you receive your vehicle.
*Please note that, like many Disney fees, wheelchair rental price points are subject to change.
Wheelchair Rental near Disneyland
Not looking to take chances with your wheelchair rental, or just looking to adhere to that Disney vacation budget? A great option for a multi-day Disneyland trip is to rent our ECV or wheelchair from a third-party provider outside of the park. Many times outside vendors can provide better rates for a longer rental period. As an added bonus, you can utilize these chairs outside the confines of the park. Our favorite reliable rental locations are as follows:
All of these rental facilities are conveniently located near the park and offer a number of perks. Many will deliver the chairs or strollers directly to your hotel. In fact, Scooter Bug is Disneyland’s preferred vendor and will leave your ECV, scooter, or stroller at your onsite hotel.
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Wheelchair or ECV Disney Tips
How does Genie+ help wheelchair users? What should you bring for a wheelchair-perfect day, and how to make sure you and your scooter are visible? Listen up, as we are about to spill all the tea on how to achieve the awesome Disneyland visit from the comfort of your chair or ECV:
- Download the Disneyland app and utilize Genie+. This free app addition can help you organize your day and can show your accessibility options for each attraction on your itinerary.
- Genie+ can also be used for ride returns and allow you to reserve Lightening Lane access without going back to a kiosk to collect a return time
- If possible, plan your visit for a less crowded park time
- Bring along phone charging cords if renting an ECV since these vehicles have USB ports
- Arrive early if planning an ECV or chair rental through Disney
- Disneyland days are long and tiring, in order to conserve energy, it may be helpful to spring for an ECV rental
- Make your ECV visible by decorating it with balloons, flashing lights, and other Disney paraphernalia
- Dying to dine at a table service restaurant? Make that reservation ahead of time and indicate your need for a wheelchair-accessible table on the reservation
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From Mark Twain’s Riverboat to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, there are endless ways for disabled guests to enjoy every last Disney voyage.
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Whether you are looking to rub shoulders with Disney royalty or tackle every last riveting rollercoaster, Disneyland has done the work to make wheelchair rental a breeze.
So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your own Disneyland adventure today.
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