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Old 06-13-2015, 03:02 PM   #1
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Arrow Using a Scooter / ECV at WDW: FAQ




I just realized we don’t have a “sticky” post about ECVs. There is a lot of useful information here on MouseOwners regarding ECVs – it’s just scattered around in various threads.

Visiting Walt Disney World usually involves a lot of walking. For those unable or unwilling to walk for long periods of time, an electric scooter or Electric Conveyance Vehicle (ECV) may be a convenient solution. Walt Disney World provides a very friendly environment for those who need to travel in ECVs. From careful placement of ramps and elevators to Cast Members who know how to help, Disney makes it possible for folks in ECVs to have a great time on vacation without feeling like they don’t belong.

Some people are initially hesitant to use an ECV, as they think they would be embarrassed. There is no need to be embarrassed to use something that will make getting around Walt Disney World easier and more enjoyable. There is no need to get anxious that you’re going to slow down everyone on a Disney transportation vehicle while you board or disembark.

If you plan on using an ECV at Walt Disney World, you have several options:
  • Rent one from Disney
  • Rent one from one of the vendors approved by Disney
  • Rent one from a vendor not on the approved list
  • Bring your own



A limited number of ECVs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis at any of the theme parks or the Downtown Disney area. They currently charge a daily fee of $50 plus a security deposit. The security deposit at the parks is only $20, while it is $100 at Downtown Disney.

Vehicles may NOT be reserved and quantities are limited, so Disney suggests you arrive early. To repeat: NO RESERVATIONS ARE ACCEPTED. ECVs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guests must be 18 years of age to operate and a photo ID is required to rent vehicles. The maximum weight is 450 pounds.

If you are visiting multiple parks on the same day, be aware that ECVs rented from Disney cannot be removed from the theme park in which they were rented. When visiting more than one park per day, simply return your ECV to receive your deposit. Then, present your rental receipt (plus the deposit) at the second theme park to secure a replacement ECV (based on availability) at no additional charge.

The disadvantages of renting from Disney include:
  • No reservations are accepted
  • You can’t use it outside the park or DTD where you rent it (i.e., you can’t use it at your resort)
  • You can’t obtain a specialized ECV



Disney has selected five ECV rental companies as approved vendors. This means these companies are the only companies allowed to drop off rentals at the front desk/bell stand of a Disney resort for them to be held for guests. Guests using these approved companies will also be allowed to return their rentals to their resort's front desk when they check out. Not having to be present during drop off or pick up is an advantage of using a vendor on Disney’s approved list.

Another advantage of using an approved vendor is that if your ECV breaks down, an approved vendor can enter the park and deal with it.
Apple Scooter seems to be popular here on MouseOwners.



Vendors that are not on Disney’s approved ECV vendor list must arrange specific meeting times with their customers and deliver the rental in person. Likewise, when the rental is completed, the guest must make arrangements to deliver the scooter to the company. Disney will not provide a courtesy hold/storage for vendors not on the approved list.

Most vendors provide delivery and pickup at your resort hotel free of charge.

Walker Mobility is one of the best known of the vendors not on the approved list.



Guests are also invited to bring and use their own ECVs throughout Walt Disney World Resort. The ECV you bring must be no larger than 32” x 48” for use on Disney transportation.



I’ll leave this topic for folks to chime in with their replies to this thread. Most people recommend models with 3 wheels instead of 4, as they are easier to maneuver (turn in a smaller radius). However, the models with 4 wheels may feel more stable. You should ensure the model you rent is able to handle your weight.






It’s pretty simple to get the hang of using an ECV. Take some time to practice operating it before heading off – including learning how to backup. You could injure yourself or others if you’re not careful. One thing to look out for when operating an ECV is other people cutting in front of you – especially children. If you go at a busy time, it can be a pain to drive in the crowds, as you need to be very careful not to hit anyone with your ECV. Careless ECV drivers hit others with their vehicle, and careless pedestrians put themselves in the path of careful ECV drivers – collisions do happen.

Other people will just stop in front of you, blocking your forward progress. You may need to get their attention and politely say “excuse me”.

You can take an ECV on Disney transportation (bus, monorail, and most boats).

ECVs cannot get wet. If they get wet, they might stop working and will need to sit and dry out. If it rains, take shelter under some covered area. Or, cover the electronic controls on the steering column (tiller) with some plastic and keep a towel handy to dry off the seat.

A fully charged ECV should last a day, except perhaps if you’re a park commando – in which case you might want to bring along the charger. The age of the battery in the ECV will also impact how long it will go before needing a charge. There are outlets in the parks. It’s nice to have the charger with you – just in case.

Each scooter comes equipped with a "key-switch", much like an automobile. Always remember to take your key with you (along with any personal belongings) when leaving your scooter unattended (such as when visiting a restaurant or an attraction).

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Old 12-29-2016, 11:38 AM   #2
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Does anyone know if these companies are still disneh aplroved? I'm coming down at the end of Jan for a weekend with DD & her dance team. I have pneumonia (Santa's evil twin left it for me under the tree). Friends who've had it before said I'll never make it around the parks in a mo th. I'm looking at renting one, and gasping at the thought, but it seems less horrible than not making it through Epcot to World Showcase, I mean through the parks all weekend.
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Does anyone know if these companies are still disneh aplroved? I'm coming down at the end of Jan for a weekend with DD & her dance team. I have pneumonia (Santa's evil twin left it for me under the tree). Friends who've had it before said I'll never make it around the parks in a mo th. I'm looking at renting one, and gasping at the thought, but it seems less horrible than not making it through Epcot to World Showcase, I mean through the parks all weekend.
There hasn't been a change in the approved companies. I would definitely recommend a scooter if you think you won't have the stamina and still want to have heavy park days. You will be find them to be very easy to use, and a huge savings in energy.

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Buena Vista is the most popular of that group of providers. I used Best Price and in my humble opinion the Buena Vista ones looked a lot more worn and beaten up.

I was very happy with my rental from Best Price Mobility. If your lungs are compromised then definitely rent a scooter. I had walking pneumonia years ago and remember climbing a flight of steps and having a coughing fit for 5 minutes after. Pneumonia is no joke!
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Thanks, Dirk & T1 for the advice & tips.
I'm going to bite the bullet & call. I'd rather embarrass my teen by using a scooter than have to bail and stay at resort all day BC I can't walk past the entrance. She's dancing, and no DH nor DS, so plan on doing World Showcase and parks at a relaxed pace, not like our family trip last month.
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My Mom had knee replacement in her right knee and needs it in her left. I rented one for her so she could enjoy Disney Springs. I have pretty bad arthritis. Not as bad as hers, but a few hours in the park has me in severe pain.

I used the scooter for the parks. I asked my son if I embarrassed him and he said no. He was fine walking next to me. You have pneumonia. No one should judge you. Don't worry about it, enjoy Epcot and the ability to breathe!

How many times have you passed judgment on someone in a scooter? For me, its been never. I've never looked at someone and thought or said "OMG why are they in a scooter, stop being lazy". But when it came to me using one I am embarrassed because I assumed others would judge.

And you know what, if people do judge, it's on them, not you. It shows who they are.
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Am just back and used a scooter for the trip.

Definitely bring your charger. I saw several scooters dead at the end of the day. Some of the batteries are old and do not hold a charge .

Places I charge scooter

MK. Pirates, BMG

Epcot France between the stores
American adventure

AK. Pisa safari

Studios great movie ride. Toy story Vineland buffet and prime time .

Ask the cm where the plugs are .

Do not give any one a ride on the scooter. They are made for one and do tip. I saw an accident this time with a tipped scooter , a frantic cm scolding the mother for giving her child a lift. Fortunately they only seems shaken. But injuries do occur.

A tarp from the dollar store and a bungee cord are perfect to cover the scooter if it rains. Best advice is to pull over and wait the rain out.

I used best price mobility . It is local and scooters seem to be in better order. Ask for one with a newer battery. IT makes a difference .

Buy stings of batter Christmas lights and use them in the evening. Scooters are hard to see at night. Guests stop in front of them and are often annoyed if you get too close.

Boats were especially difficult for me . Busses were great . He drivers will help you on the bids. This is not true on the boats .
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Thanks, Dirk & T1 for the advice & tips.
I'm going to bite the bullet & call. I'd rather embarrass my teen by using a scooter than have to bail and stay at resort all day BC I can't walk past the entrance. She's dancing, and no DH nor DS, so plan on doing World Showcase and parks at a relaxed pace, not like our family trip last month.
Your teen might appreciate having a pack mule. The one time I had to rent one due to a bad knee after a fall, I got to carry the junk from everybody in our party.

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Does anyone know if these companies are still disneh aplroved?
Apple scooter is still Disney-approved, last I checked, but they have a rating of F with the BBB. I'm not sure if "Disney approved" is the right phrase.
She will, can you please tell me a little more specifically where in AK you can charge your scooter? That's my favorite park, and the only one where I might be there long enough to need a recharge!
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Apple scooter is still Disney-approved, last I checked, but they have a rating of F with the BBB. I'm not sure if "Disney approved" is the right phrase.
She will, can you please tell me a little more specifically where in AK you can charge your scooter? That's my favorite park, and the only one where I might be there long enough to need a recharge!
I charged at Pizza Safari near the entrance. You can also charge at any of the sit down restaurants .

I have heard complaints about Apple computer not holding a charge . When you request your scooter ask for a newer one. This year my scooter was great. Last year I had a old battery, no lights and bad arm rests .
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