I’m glad you had a great time with your mom!
My hubby and I went last January with just my MIL and it was really great.
I totally enjoyed her company.
And yes, she had a scooter too. She has a bad hip and can only walk short distances (like, 20 feet) without alot of pain. I’m sure people saw her get out of her scoooter and walk into store and gave us some nasty looks, but they don’t know the full situation so I dont really care what they think. I had a few choice words for people who dared to say something as well.
I am sure there are abuses of scooters in WDW, but probably not as many as people think. Not every disability is obvious at first glance.
Also, scooters are much easier for people than wheelchairs - it allows them more freedom than a wheelchair does, and I think that’s great!
WDW would be much nicer if everyone would just be courteous of each other - scooter, wheelchair, or walking
Its important to remember that everyone is there for a fun time, not to ruin your day.