Published on August 30, 2012

Disney Theme Parks and Resorts represent one of the major components of the $50 billion Walt Disney Empire. Comprising of six major resort spaces located throughout the world, these facilities see an average of 120 million people pass through their gates every year.

Found in locales as varied as Shanghai, Paris and Orlando, Disney Theme Parks and Resorts are a must-see for anyone looking for a fun-filled and family-friendly vacation spot.

Scootaround is proud to offer service to Disney’s two largest and most popular destinations, Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

The Walt Disney World Resort

Opened in 1971, the Walt Disney World Resort stands as the most popular tourist attraction in the state of Florida and one of the most-visited theme parks in the world. Housing 24 themed resorts, two water parks and four theme parks it general plays host to an astonishing 17 million people per year. Disneyworld is usually seen as the more popular of the two American-based Disney resorts (the other being California’s Walt Disneyland Resort).

Located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida Walt Disney World covers over 30,000 acres of land and plays host to some now-famous tourist attractions. This includes the Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

To ensure a fun-filled time for any visitor, Walt Disney World employs more than 5,000 cast members to play the various Disney characters. Furthermore, the streets and green spaces within the park are thoroughly cleaned twice a day, while each brass fence post is polished once a day.

General Accessibility

Disney World’s main accessibility services are detailed within the pages of its comprehensive Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities, available for free at the Guest Relations Office (located near the front entrance of the park).

Some of Disney World’s more noticeable features include the following:

  • Accessible rooms for rent at any one of Disney World’s 24 theme resorts, including Disney’s Board Walk Inn, the Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

  • Handicap parking available near the front entrance of both amusement parks.

  • Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to be rented on-site (note that Disney staff usually refer to scooters as ECVs or electric conveyance vehicles). Visitors can also bring their own assistive devices.

  • Bus service to and from the Parks with wheelchair lifts.

Accessibility at the Disney World Hotels

Each one of the 24 Disney World Resort hotels offer comprehensive accessibility services for their guests. This includes a large offering of accessible rooms featuring lowered beds and windows as well as larger framed doors to accommodate wheelchairs and mobility scooters. The bathrooms also feature roll-in showers with benches, rails and hand-held shower heads.

Accessible parking is available at all three hotels, and complimentary valet parking can be acquired on certain occasions.

Restroom Accessibility

Most restrooms within Walt Disney World are accessible for both wheelchairs and mobility scooters. They are identified on within the pages of the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. There are also companion assisted restrooms within the park as well.

Notable Ride

Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters is a highly accessible ride to be enjoyed by people of all ages. The individual carts that are used to transport patrons through the ride are wheelchair accessible, so those with mobility issues can enjoy the fun. A special line for wheelchair users has also been designated so that those in need can avoid the regular line up.