Navigating Walt Disney World with Mobility Issues

Walt Disney World is a dream vacation destination for people around the globe. But when mobility challenges make it harder to navigate the World, know that Disney World is known for its efforts to accommodate its guests, and a magical experience knows no limits.

Welcome to Walt Disney World

Your pals at AllEars also want to help you make your vacation a memorable one no matter what the degree of your mobility disability.

Our intent here is to provide you with information, tips, and suggestions to achieve that goal from the planning stages all the way through your return home.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Reservations

It is important to let your travel agent or Walt Disney World reservations cast member know what your degree of mobility is and the special requirements that may be needed in your case. All Disney World Resort hotels have handicapped accessibility, but there are instances where availability may be limited depending on the type of accommodation you desire.

Pop Century Accessible Room

One example of a Resort limitation is access to upper levels at some Resorts. Old Key West Resort, for example, has only two buildings with elevators to reach upper floor units; otherwise you are limited to a ground floor unit in one of the numerous other buildings. Similarly, there are no elevators at Caribbean Beach Resort, so you’re likewise limited to the first floor at this Resort. Saratoga Springs Treehouses have only four units with wheelchair/ECV scooter ramps. Otherwise you have to climb steps to get up to the Treehouses.

Treehouse Villas at Saratoga Springs

Usually in these instances, Disney reservations will lock your reservation into an available unit, but otherwise they will note your special needs on your reservation request and make every effort to accommodate them when you check-in. When you receive your resort confirmation, make sure your requests are noted on your reservation, and don’t hesitate to reach out to reservations to ask necessary questions and confirm your requests.

TIP: When making a Resort hotel reservation, request a room or unit on the first floor or a room close to an elevator. This should be your primary request unless you specifically need a handicapped accessible room. Another good request is a room close to transportation, especially if you plan to rent an ECV or wheelchair in the parks and won’t have one to use at your Resort. The type of request you make will vary from resort to resort because of layout. The resort hotel will make every effort to honor your request depending on availability.

Handicapped accessible rooms have some notable differences that may make you reconsider whether they are the best choice for you. Unless you actually need the handicapped bathroom, ECV users who are able to stand and walk for very short distances may prefer the regular rooms. There is plenty of room for ECVs at night, and the regular bathroom may be more convenient. A regular room typically has more storage space than a handicapped accessible room as well.

BoardWalk Inn Accessible Studio

Some other tips to help make your Resort stay more comfortable and appropriate:

  • Bring a power strip with you if you have multiple ECVs to plug in at night.
  • Ask Mousekeeping to provide a bathtub stool (Mousekeeping has these on hand) for the regular bathtub if you aren’t in a handicapped accessible room.
  • Mousekeeping can also change out the regular shower head for a hand-held one if it works better for you.
  • If your party is large and there are several wheelchairs/ECVs, ask to have the desk and chair removed from your room to create more space for the vehicles. Mousekeeping may be able to do this for you.

Walt Disney World Transportation: To and From the World

Arrival day is an exciting one for Walt Disney World guests, and there are plenty of options from which to choose when it comes to getting to the World. We will reflect on all the options available, including those who prefer to drive their own vehicle, rent a car, hire a rideshare, take a taxi, use a limo service or take the free Disney’s Magical Express (DME) Bus transportation.

Disney’s Magical Express

Disney World Resort Arrivals by Car

All Walt Disney World Resort hotels have spacious entrance areas (sometimes called porte cocheres) to accommodate those who arrive by car. There is plenty of room to unload your wheelchair/personal ECV and luggage. There are also Bell Services cast members available to help you with your luggage if you need or want help.

All-Star Sports Luggage Cart and Port Cochere Entrance

All resorts also have a good number of handicapped self parking spaces available for your car/van. All Deluxe and DVC Resort hotels on property also have Free Valet Parking for those vehicles displaying a valid handicapped license plate and/or windshield hang tag. A tip for this service is suggested.

Parking Lot Sign at Riviera Resort

Tips: For those driving their own or a rented vehicle and are using a wheelchair, walker, or cane, please note that the handicapped self-parking is located relatively close to the resort entrance, but there are several resorts that have some distance or an incline to get to the lobby from the parking area when you check in. Saratoga Springs, Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge all have a small incline up to the entrance from the parking lot. The BoardWalk has a good, long hill, and the lobby is about 75 yards from the handicapped parking area. The rest of the resorts have a relatively level area from the handicapped self parking to the resort lobby.

Disney World Resort Arrivals by Taxi, Limo, or Ride Share

For those who wish to hire a taxi, limo, or ride share (like Uber or Lyft) to get to/from Disney World from local airports, vehicles are available to accommodate your wheelchair/personal ECV along with your luggage and the other people in your party. Be clear about your needs when making your booking. There can be instances where you will need to transfer from your wheelchair/ ECV to a seat, so take that into consideration when checking/scheduling with the provider.

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Disney World Resort Arrivals by Minnie Vans

Starting in 2019, guests arriving to Orlando International Airport can request transport to their Walt Disney World Resorts by Minnie Van. These passenger vehicles are driven by cast members, but the service is administered by Lyft. Transport from MCO to your Resort is $155 each way (so $310 round trip) and can be booked up to six months in advance.

Minnie Van

If you require a handicapped accessible Minnie Van, which can accommodate up to four passengers, you will call a dedicated number instead of using the Lyft app. Call 407-828-3500 starting at six months out to be sure an accessible van is reserved for you.

Disney World Resort Arrivals by Disney’s Magical Express

Disney’s Magical Express is a free motor coach service provided by Walt Disney World for those guests staying at any Disney World Resort hotels on property. Magical Express also provides an additional free service of luggage transfer to your resort if you desire this additional service. The luggage delivery can take several hours for your bags to catch up to you, so be aware of this. Keep a small carry-on that goes on the coach with you, containing necessary paperwork and start-up clothing, etc.

Click here for full information about Disney’s Magical Express.

DME Check-in Desk

There are a limited number of Magical Express motor coaches set up to accommodate wheelchairs/ECVs. These accessible coaches have electric lifts to load your chair and an area on the coach to tie your chair in with belts. The other people in your party can also ride with you on the same coach. The driver will assist you in getting you and your party loaded on the coach. These handicapped equipped coaches can take up to four wheelchairs/ECVs on one trip. Your wheelchair/ECV must fall within the 32″ x 48″ size restriction required by Disney.

Magical Express Queues at MCO

When you make your Magical Express reservation, you have to note to the CM that you need a wheelchair accessible coach scheduled in both directions (coming and going) because they do take a little longer to arrive at the DME bus depot at the MCO airport or at your resort for your return home. They also will take a little longer to get to your resort and the airport, because these coaches run a different route that will service numerous resorts at times, and there are fewer of the accessible buses.

Magical Express Pick Up and Drop Off at All-Star Movies

The direct phone number for Magical Express is 1-866-599-0951. It is a good idea to call and check to make sure your DME reservation has all your special requests added in both directions before you depart from home on your trip to Disney World.

Walt Disney World Resort Departures By Magical Express

Departing your Disney World Resort via Magical Express has been streamlined by Disney. The evening before your departure day, you will receive a letter under your door telling you what time DME will pick you up for your trip back to MCO. You can check out, take your luggage to Bell Services for storage, and still go out and enjoy those last minute magical experiences before your scheduled DME pick up time. You can also do resort airline check in (with participating airline carriers) and/or baggage transfer back to the airport if you desire.

Riviera Resort Airline Check-In Desks

Resort Airline Check-In and Luggage Drop-Off

Resort airline check-in and luggage drop-off is an extra free service provided at all Disney-owned resorts on property. You can utilize the airline check-in and get your boarding passes printed out, no matter how you intend to get to MCO from Walt Disney World.

However, you have to be traveling to the airport via Disney’s Magical Express to utilize the luggage transfer part of the service. Your airline carrier also has to be participating in the program.

The resort airline check-in desk is located either in the resort lobby or outside the entrance near bell services. Please note to check the location and times this desk is open as the location and hours do vary from resort to resort.

Resort Airline Check-in at Gran Destino Tower

SUGGESTION: We have found this service to be excellent, especially for those with mobility issues. Your checked luggage is tagged for your flight, transported by truck to the airport, and delivered to your airline carrier baggage area. You don’t have to deal with it again until you get to your home airport. Your boarding passes are printed out, eliminating any need for curbside or ticket counter waits at the airport. The only thing you have to deal with is any carry on luggage that goes under the bus with you. It’s simple and easy. Arrive at the airport, go through security, and continue on to your airline departure gate without additional necessary stops.

Walt Disney World Transportation: Around the World

For those wishing to drive their own or a rented vehicle while on property, all Walt Disney World venues have adequate handicapped self-parking areas. Disney Springs is a public parking lot and garage with handicapped parking located in numerous areas. All Resort hotels have handicapped self-parking located near the hotel entrance. Ask the security guard for the location. All four theme parks and two water parks have handicapped parking areas. The parking cast member will direct you to the location. Please be aware that the theme park parking lot trams are not accessible to guests in wheelchairs or ECVs.

Walt Disney World Transportation Vehicle Accessibility

Most of the Disney World transportation system is accessible to those with mobility disabilities. There are very few exceptions.

Walt Disney World Buses: All Disney buses are equipped to accommodate various types of wheelchairs/ECVs that fall within the size guidelines. The majority of the buses are the kneeler type with a fold out ramp for access. However there are still some buses that have the old-style lift ramp.

Peter Pan Bus

The wheelchair/ECV must fall within the 32″ x 48″ size that is required by Disney to fit the standard bus ramps and lifts and can be safely secured with the restraint belts within the bus. Each bus can accommodate two wheelchairs/ECVs per trip. Several seats fold up to allow securing the wheelchair/ECV. Ambulatory passengers are required to vacate those fold-up seats to allow wheelchair/ECV securing.

Bus Interior (Old Style)

The bus driver will assist you with loading and will usually load you first before allowing any additional passengers to board. This may vary depending on how crowded the bus is when you are picked up. It is important to be patient, as the buses can get very crowded at peak travel times.

NOTE: Disney is constantly evaluating the bus routes for efficiency and how to serve the guests in a better manner. There are transportation monitors at most bus depots and resorts during peak times to keep the flow of guests moving. They are also able to answer questions about on-site transportation.

If you are unable to transfer to a seat after your wheelchair/ECV is loaded, there are seat belts to secure you in your wheelchair/ECV while the bus is moving. Bus driver assistance will vary depending on their ability. Some will go above and beyond to assist you with loading and unloading, others will not. Be sure to practice navigating and parking your ECV before you try to board a bus, which can be tricky.

Watercraft/Boat Transportation: There are three areas of Walt Disney World that have watercraft transportation between the resorts and various parks, entertainment, and shopping venues.

The first and largest covers the resorts near Magic Kingdom and includes the Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower Resort, Wilderness Lodge & Villas, and Fort Wilderness Campground and Cabins. The boat dock for these resorts is located directly across from the Magic Kingdom entrance.

Fort Wilderness Boat Dock Sign

There are two motor launch routes. One side of the dock has the launch to the Wilderness Lodge, and the other side has the launch to the Contemporary & Fort Wilderness Campground. Both of these launches can accommodate up to two wheelchairs or ECVs. There are portable transition ramps to allow you to board on and off the launch. The travel time for these launches is about 20 minutes in each direction.

Fort Wilderness Water Taxi

Note: There is also a small launch that travels from Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resorts, however this launch is not accessible to wheelchairs and ECVs.

The second boat route covers the area between Hollywood Studios and the International Gate of Epcot’s World Showcase. These roomy Friendship motor launches travel the canal and lake between Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The launches stop at all resorts located in that area between the two theme parks.

Friendship Boats

There are five stops depending on the direction you’re going: Hollywood Studios main entrance, Swan & Dolphin Resort, Yacht & Beach Club Resort, Boardwalk Resort & Entertainment Area, and International Gateway at Epcot. These launches can accommodate two wheelchairs/ECVs per boat, and they will load you at the rear of the boat. There are portable ramps to allow you to board on and off the launch. These launches constantly ply this route in both directions. A nice plus is that they are enclosed & air-conditioned (with some exterior seating available at the back of the boat, too). The travel time for these launches is about 20 minutes in each direction.

Friendship Boat

TIP: The route between Hollywood Studios and Epcot also has a very nice and scenic walking path that follows the canal and goes thru the resorts located around the lake and on to the Epcot International Gateway. The distance is about a mile an a half, and there are two bridges that have hills.

The third watercraft route covers the area around Disney Springs; the lake resorts of Saratoga Springs and Old Key West; and Port Orleans — French Quarter and Port Orleans — Riverside Resort on the Sassagoula River. These launches are split into two routes.

Sassagoula River Cruise to Disney Springs at Port Orleans

One route runs between Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside to the dock at Disney Springs Marketplace. The second route runs between Old Key West Resort and the dock at Disney Springs Marketplace. A third route runs between the Marketplace launch and the West Side launch.

Sassagoula Water Taxi

The launches on all of these routes are open air pontoon boats with canopies. All these pontoon boats can accommodate up to two wheelchairs or ECVs. There are portable transition ramps to allow you to board on and off the boat. The travel time for any of these routes is 15 to 20 minutes in each direction.

TIP: There are also paths to allow you to reach Disney Springs from the Saratoga Springs main resort. One goes around the east end of the lake near the Marketplace bus depot. The other goes from the through the golf course and enters Disney Springs at West Side. Old Key West also has a path that goes through the golf course to Disney Springs West Side.

Monorail Transportation: Monorail transportation is available from the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) to Magic Kingdom and Epcot and all of the Resorts located on the line around Seven Seas Lagoon (Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, and Contemporary Resorts). There are three beams (Disney’s name for the Monorail tracks), and the one you utilize depends on where you are coming from and your destination. All the Monorail trains have wheelchair/ECV accessibility. All accommodate a minimum of two wheelchairs/ECVs per train car and all stations have portable ramps to allow you to board on and off the monorail.

Monorails at Polynesian Village Resort

The Epcot loop only travels between Epcot and TTC. At Epcot, the station is outside the park entrance. The station has ramps or an elevator for you to gain access to the station platform.

Epcot Monorail Station

At the Ticket & Transportation Center there is only a ramp to get down to ground level. There are no elevators. If you want to ride the Monorail to Magic Kingdom or the resorts located on either of the other two beams, you have to go down the ramp and back up one of the other ramps to gain access to the other Monorail loops. Check the signs to make sure you’re going up the correct ramp.

Monorail at TTC

The Magic Kingdom Express Monorail loop is the second beam at TTC. It goes through all three resorts around Seven Seas Lagoon but only stops at the Magic Kingdom station and TTC,  making it an express loop. There is only a ramp to go up and down to ground level at TTC and the Magic Kingdom park entrance.

Monorail at Magic Kingdom Station

The Magic Kingdom Resort loop is the third beam at TTC. It stops at all stations around Seven Seas Lagoon. Traveling around the loop from TTC, the first stop is Polynesian Village Resort. There is an elevator in the lobby for access to ground level.

The second stop is the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. There is an elevator in the lobby of this resort also for ground level access.

The third stop is Magic Kingdom Station. Access to the ground level and park is the same as the Magic Kingdom Express loop: ramp only.

The last stop is the Contemporary Resort which also gives you access to Bay Lake Tower Resort. There is an elevator that takes you down to the Concourse level for access to Bay Lake Tower and another elevator that will take you to ground level.

Contemporary’s Concourse

TIP: Please be aware, that at peak times, all types of WDW transportation can be very crowded and take longer to reach your destination. Whether you are in a wheelchair or on your ECV, both you and ambulatory guests may get frustrated with the wait times and crowded conditions on any method of Disney World transportation. On any type of Disney Transportation, be willing to split up your party if there are multiple wheelchairs/ECVs or if you have a large group. This makes boarding much easier and expedites your travel time.

Skyliner Gondola Transport: In September 2019, Walt Disney World began operating its Skyliner gondola system. This system consists of three lines (one servicing Hollywood Studios, one servicing Epcot via Riviera Resort, and one servicing Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts), over 300 cabins, and five stations (at Hollwood Studios, Epcot, Riviera Resort, Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts, and the hub at Caribbean Beach Resort).

Skyliner at Epcot’s International Gateway

All cabins are wheelchair- and ECV-accessible. Small chocks will be placed behind your wheels by a cast member in order to prevent shifting. Skyliner gondolas can accommodate a maximum of six riders in a cabin that have a wheelchair, ECV, or stroller — including the rider.

Gondolas in the Hollywood Studios station

All stations except Riviera Resort have an auxiliary line for loading that can be stopped completely to allow for safe boarding of those in wheelchairs, EVCs, and strollers. Those cabins are then added into the continuously-loading main line. Riviera Resort cast members can stop or slow the line as needed to load wheelchairs and ECVs at that station.

Skyliner stations at Hollywood Studios and Epcot have ramps with low inclines at their entrances. The longest is at Epcot’s International Gateway. Stations at Caribbean Beach Resort, Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts, and Riviera Resort are mostly flat.

Skyliner Station at International Gateway

Skyliner routes with transfers include:

  • Caribbean Beach Skyliner hub to Epcot via Riviera Resort (no transfers needed)
  • Caribbean Beach Skyliner hub to Disney’s Hollywood Studios (no transfers needed)
  • Caribbean Beach Skyliner hub to Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts Station (no transfers needed)
  • Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts Station to Caribbean Beach Resort Station for transfers to Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and Riviera Resort
  • Riviera Resort Station to Epcot (no transfers)
  • Riviera Resort Station to Caribbean Beach Resort Station for transfers to Hollywood Studios or Art of Animation and Pop Century Station
  • Epcot to Riviera Resort (no transfers)
  • Epcot to Caribbean Beach Resort Station for transfers to Hollywood Studios and Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts Station
  • Hollywood Studios to Caribbean Beach Resort Station for transfers to Art of Animation and Pop Century Resorts Station, Riviera Resort, and Epcot
Caribbean Beach Skyliner Directional Sign

Note: Skyliner gondola cabins are not air conditioned. They feature cross-ventilation that allows for good temperature control when the Skyliner is in motion. When the cabins stop, as they can do for short and long interruptions, it can get uncomfortably warm.

 

Walt Disney World Wheelchair and ECV Logistics

If you need or want to use a wheelchair or ECV at Walt Disney World, you have a few options. You can bring your own set of wheels, procure a rental in the theme parks and Disney Springs, or you can rent from a third party vendor.

For complete details on using Wheelchairs and ECVs at the Walt Disney World Parks, visit our Wheelchair/ECV FAQs.

Walt Disney World Attraction Accessibility

Methods of accessibility vary from attraction to attraction within the parks. The Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities, park guide maps, and the Guest Services filter on My Disney Experience app use symbols to indicate boarding procedures for each attraction. In addition, you can talk to cast members at attraction entrances for help with accessing the attractions.

Handicap Entrance at Big Thunder

Certain attractions require you to transfer from wheelchairs to ride a system either by yourself or with the assistance of a member of your party. Disney World cast members are not permitted to physically assist guests in transferring from their wheelchairs.

Auxiliary Entrance Limitations: Some attractions have auxiliary entrances for those with disabilities. These are intended to offer guests in wheelchairs or with service animals a more convenient or safer entrance to the attraction. Auxiliary entrances are not intended to bypass waiting lines. Guests with disabilities and up to five members of their party may use these entrances. The rest of the party should use the main entrance.

Wheelchair Entrance at Jungle Cruise

Parade Route and Show Areas: Some Parade routes or show areas have designated viewing areas for Guests with disabilities. These areas are filled on a first come, first served basis. Due to guest demand, viewing spaces cannot be reserved or guaranteed. Parties larger than six will be asked to separate and reunite after the show. Guest Relations can provide information on show times and other special events on the day of each visit.

Standard Queues

The theme parks of Walt Disney World strive to provide mainstream access to attractions whenever possible; that is, all guests utilize the main entrance to the attraction. However, accessibility varies from attraction to attraction within the parks.

Attractions providing mainstream queue access include:

MAGIC KINGDOM

Pirates of the Caribbean
The Enchanted Tiki Room
Splash Mountain
The Hall of Presidents
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Barnstormer with the Great Goofini
Astro Orbiter
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Stitch’s Great Escape (closed)
Tomorrowland Speedway
Space Mountain
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

EPCOT

FUTURE WORLD
Imagination! Pavilion
Universe of Energy
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Test Track
The Land Pavilion
Innoventions

WORLD SHOWCASE
Friendship Boats
The American Adventure
Impressions de France
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
Reflections of China

DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
Muppet*Vision 3D
Star Tours
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
“The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror”
Fantasmic!
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
Toy Story Midway Mania
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Rise of the Resistance
Slinky Dog Dash
Alien Swirling Saucers
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Rise of the Resistance
Slinky Dog Dash
Alien Swirling Saucers

ANIMAL KINGDOM
It’s Tough To Be A Bug
Festival of the Lion King
Dinosaur
The Boneyard
Theater in the Wild
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Flights of Wonder
Primeval Whirl
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Kali River Rapids
TriceraTop Spin
Flight of Passage
Na’vi River Journey

ATTRACTION ACCESSIBILITY LIST

MAGIC KINGDOM
Guests may enter and enjoy these attractions remaining in a wheelchair or ECV:

Castle Forecourt Stage (note there is no reserved area for those in wheelchairs)
The Enchanted Tiki Room
Country Bear Jamboree
Hall of Presidents
Jungle Cruise
Liberty Belle Riverboat
Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor
Raft to Tom Sawyer Island

NOTE: Swiss Family Treehouse is a walk-through attraction, with lots of stairs to climb. You must be ambulatory to visit the Treehouse.

Guests in motorized vehicles, ECVs, must transfer into an available wheelchair at these attractions:

“it’s a small world” (though there are some vehicles that accommodate wheelchairs)
Magic Carpets of Aladdin (though there are some vehicles that accommodate wheelchairs)
WALT DISNEY WORLD Railroad
Stitch’s Great Escape (you may stay seated in wheelchair to view show)
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (some wheelchair accessible hunnypots available)
Tom Sawyer Island (may not be able to ride raft due to water levels)
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (though there are some vehicles that accommodate wheelchairs)

These attractions require Guests to transfer from a wheelchair to a ride vehicle:

Main Street Vehicles
Pirates of the Caribbean–Guest must transfer from ECV to a standard wheelchair to negotiate the queue.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad–Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Splash Mountain–Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Tom Sawyer Island
The Haunted Mansion
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Mad Tea Party
Peter Pan’s Flight
Astro Orbiter
Tomorrowland Speedway
Space Mountain–Guests must transfer from ECV to a standard wheelchair to negotiate the queue. Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
The Barnstormer —Guests must transfer from ECV to a standard wheelchair to negotiate the queue. Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.

EPCOT

These attractions require guests to transfer from a wheelchair to a ride vehicle:

Spaceship Earth
Test Track–Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Mission Space — Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction
Soarin’ — Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction

Guests in motorized vehicles, ECVs, must transfer into an available wheelchair at these attractions:

Living with the Land
Gran Fiesta Tour in Mexico

Guests may enter and enjoy these attractions remaining in a wheelchair or ECV:

The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Awesome Planet
Journey into Imagination with Figment
Mexican Folk Art Gallery
Stave Church Gallery in Norway
Reflections of China (closed — Wondrous China coming 2020)
The American Adventure
The America Gardens Theater
Bijutsu-kan gallery in Japan
“Race Against the Sun” exhibit in Morocco
“Impressions de France” and Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along in France
“Canada Far and Wide” in Canada

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

These attractions require Guests to transfer from a wheelchair to a ride vehicle:

Star Tours–Guests must transfer from ECV to a standard wheelchair to negotiate the queue. Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith–Guests must transfer from ECV to a standard wheelchair to negotiate the queue. Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror–Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Rise of the Resistance
Alien Swirling Saucers
Slinky Dog Dash
Rise of the Resistance
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Guests in motorized vehicles, ECVs, must transfer into an available wheelchair at these attractions:

Toy Story Midway Mania
Rise of the Resistance (recommended)

Guests may enter and enjoy these attractions remaining in a wheelchair or ECV:

Muppet*Vision 3D
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
“Beauty and the Beast” at the Theater of the Stars
Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
Fantasmic!

Animal Kingdom

These attractions require Guests to transfer from a wheelchair to a ride vehicle:

Dinosaur– Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Kali River Rapids — Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Primeval Whirl — Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Flight of Passage

Guests in motorized vehicles, ECVs, must transfer into an available wheelchair at this attraction:

Kilimanjaro Safaris– Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Affection Section
TriceraTop Spin — some ride vehicles accommodate wheelchairs

Guests may enter and enjoy these attractions remaining in a wheelchair or ECV:

The Tree of Life Garden
Discovery Island Trails
It’s Tough To Be A Bug
The Boneyard
Cretaceous Trail
Kilimanjaro Safaris– Health, age, and size are important considerations at this attraction.
Lion King Theater: Festival of the Lion King
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
Wildlife Express Train
Caravan Stage: Flights of Wonder
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Conservation Station
Finding Nemo: The Musical
Fossil Fun Games

NOTE: This information was adapted from the WDW Disabilities Guidebook. Updated information can be found on Disney World’s official site here.


Information compiled from a variety of sources, with contributions from AllEars.Net reader Vic Williams. Note this information is subject to change without notice. Call Disney World directly or visit their website to confirm before your visit. The author of this document/website shall not be held liable for any information (valid or invalid) presented here and are not employed by nor represent the Walt Disney Company in any manner.