Walt Disney World is for all ages, not just for kids. That is what Disney Over 50 is all about. Do not let mobility issues keep you away from the parks. Many guests rent scooters to help them get around. You can rent a scooter in any of the Walt Disney World theme parks, and there are also several local companies that you can contact as well. Many of these companies will deliver the scooter to your hotel for no extra charge, and also pick it up once you’re ready to leave for home.
Scooters are a controversial subject. Some people swear by them, they would not be able to enjoy their vacation without one. Other people can’t stand scooters, and that is because there are so many of them in the parks and not everyone knows how to operate them.
If you are going to use a scooter, please take the time to get used to the controls before you ride near other people. I’ve been hit by scooters several times by someone who hit the wrong control. If you do hit someone, please take the time to apologize and let the person know that it was an accident. Remember that a scooter is not supposed to be used to plow a hole in the crowd. Please be respectful of others. Also, don’t let the grandkids take turns riding in your lap. That’s not safe, and I’ve seen security officers tell families that it is not allowed. You’ll still see it happen, but it is against the rules.
If no one in your party is using a scooter, you still need to be aware of them. Keep in mind that the person driving might not be used to the controls, and give him or her room. Don’t crowd in and then blame the scooter driver because you wouldn’t give a few extra inches of space. Teach any children in your party that they need to be careful around scooters as well. I’ve seen children run right in front of a scooter and then stop, not realizing that the driver didn’t know how to stop quickly. Finally, don’t judge someone for using a scooter. You don’t know his or her situation.
If everyone makes an effort, scooter riding and walking guests can all have a safe vacation.