[QUOTE=sacredrose;974852]So I just read someone’s post about strollers and it made me realize that this would be the best place to ask my question. I hope you all don’t mind.
I’m 26 years old and I just had major knee reconstructive surgery last November. To make a very long story short, They had to take a tendon from somewhere else in my leg and move it to the inside of my leg where it could hold my knee cap in the correct place. Can we say OUCH! Oh you better believe it. lol
I had 6 months of physical therapy and it’s still hard to walk up stairs. Not to mention how hard it is to stand in one place for very long or do an hour’s worth of groceries with out pain. Now this is with orthotic, hand made shoe inserts too. I’m back seeing my physical therapist for an issue with my ankles now. I know, I feel 80 years old already and i’m only 26.
My problem lies with all the walking that needs to be done while we’re in Disney. My question is, do I need a doctor’s note in order to get a wheel Chair or can we just go in and say “hey, I need a wheel chair” I don’t want one of those electric ones…as my father has already said he’d have no problem pushing me. While I feel horrible, I know I’d only be a hindrance to everyone else if I walked so I accepted the offer.
We rent scooters everytime because my DW has had two back surgeries and has no endurance for walking. As you already heard you don’t need any kind of “proof”. WDW is designed so it’s very easy to get around in the parks and everywhere else. The biggest problem are really the shops because of the narrow aisles, but DW can usually stand long enough in them. I’m sure the same is true for wheelchairs. However, realize that pushing a wheelchair up to 12 miles a day (typical walking in the parks) is a tall order.
You will definitely get a better deal renting outside the 'World, but we trade that for convenience. At WDW, scooter and wheelchair rentals work just like the strollers–you rent for the day and if you switch parks just take your receipt. That way you’re not having to haul around a scooter all day. With a wheelchair of course this is less of a problem (just stow it in the trunk).
Good luck and welcome to MB!