Tell me about renting ECV’s at the park

Trish0025

Earning My Ears
Joined
Sep 30, 2016
I am traveling next week with my parents who’re celebrating a milestone wedding Anniversary. My mother has issues with severe arthritis. She is considering renting an ECV while at Disney but she doesn’t think she’ll need one all of the time. We’ll be staying at GF specifically because she wanted to be close to MK. Since she only plans on using it as needed will it be better to rent one at the park? Or save money by using an offsite rental? She doesn’t think she’ll be able to drive it onto the monorail. But we’re also worried about their availability in the parks. Anyone have experience with ECV rental and care to share their pros/cons?
 

RaySharpton

Retired and going to Disney.
Joined
Oct 28, 2000
I am traveling next week with my parents who’re celebrating a milestone wedding Anniversary. My mother has issues with severe arthritis. She is considering renting an ECV while at Disney but she doesn’t think she’ll need one all of the time. We’ll be staying at GF specifically because she wanted to be close to MK. Since she only plans on using it as needed will it be better to rent one at the park? Or save money by using an offsite rental? She doesn’t think she’ll be able to drive it onto the monorail. But we’re also worried about their availability in the parks. Anyone have experience with ECV rental and care to share their pros/cons?
Hi, Trish0025. Below is a link to the Disney website with information about ECV Rentals.

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/ecv-rentals/

Price
Walt Disney World Theme Parks

  • Daily: $50
  • A refundable $20 deposit is required at this location
Walt Disney World Water Parks and Disney Springs
  • Daily: $50
  • A refundable $100 deposit is required at this location
Daily Rentals are transferable between all locations. You pay just once for the day.

Length of Stay Rentals are not available for ECVs. However, vehicles can be held if Guests leave and return to the same park on the same day.

When Leaving Your Location
ECVs may not be removed from the destination where they were rented. When exiting your location, simply return your ECV to the rental counter to receive your deposit. If you’re at Disney Springs, your deposit will be returned at this time. If leaving one theme park and visiting another, present your rental receipt with your deposit to secure another ECV, if available.

Know Before You Go

  • ECVs are available on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Reservations are not accepted, and quantities are limited. Please plan to arrive early.
  • Guests must be 18 years of age to rent ECVs. A photo ID is required.
  • The maximum weight is 450 pounds. ECVs are not designed to hold more than one person.
  • You are welcome to bring and use your own ECV throughout Walt Disney World Resort.
Wheelchairs are also available for rent throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Featured Providers
In addition to the locations listed here, several Orlando-area companies also offer ECVs, wheelchairs, strollers and other mobility products for rent. Pre-orders and deliveries to Disney Resort hotels are available through these providers, which include:

When you go to the link above, look down at the bottom of the page and you will see a map.

Click on a park like MK and you will see a drop-down of the one or more than one location to pick up your ECV.

When you click the EPCOT park you will see two areas. Just click on each one to see the locations. You can enlarge and move each map around, too.





Top 10 Tips for Touring Walt Disney World in an ECV

Top Ten Tips for Touring Walt Disney World in an ECV


°o° While touring Walt Disney World in an ECV is fairly easy, there still are a few things to think about and plan for before making your trip and/or during your trip. Here are the best of the best tips as shared by members of The Mouse For Less Group. °o°

  1. Rainy Days. If it looks like it might rain, throw a poncho over the handle and seat of the ECV to keep it dry. Also, take a towel with you to wipe the seat, so you don’t have to sit on a wet seat in case it gets rained on.
  1. Have Your Companion Help Clear a Path. If you are traveling with walking companions, have them walk in front of you to clear a path when it is crowded.
  1. Practice Makes Perfect. If you are renting an ECV from an outside company and are having it dropped off at your resort, take time to practice at the resort before heading to the parks. If you are just renting from Walt Disney World, find an uncrowded corner of the park to practice some before entering the crowds rushing to their next Fastpass+ reservation.
  1. Bus Transporation. The hardest thing to do while touring Walt Disney World in an ECV, that you can’t practice ahead of time, is boarding a bus. Some buses have elevators, and you will need to make sure your ECV in is the center of the elevator. Most of the buses have ramps, and you may need to adjust your power going up the ramp. Do this carefully, or you may find your ECV out of control once on the flat bus.
  1. Outside ECV Rental. Outside companies are cheaper than renting from the parks, and you have a variety of ECVs to choose from. Some of the companies that are Disney friendly include: Best Price Scooters and Strollers, Apple Scooter, ScooterBug, CARE Scooter Rentals, and Buena Vista Scooter Rentals. When renting from an outside company, you will also be able to use your ECV at the resort, unlike if you rented at the parks. In addition, you are guaranteed to have an ECV to use while you’re at the Disney Theme Park.


  1. Rental ECV Delivery. You can rent from any ECV rental company, but only 5 companies are approved by Walt Disney World to leave your ECV with Bell Services at your resort. If your company is not on the approved list, you will have to make arrangements to meet the company to take delivery and to make the return at the end of your trip. Currently, the 5 approved companies are Apple Scooter, Buena Vista Scooter Rentals, CARE Medical Equipment, Best Price Mobility, and Scooterbug.
  1. Insurance and Reservation Fees. When making comparisons for renting from outside companies, check to see if damage insurance and reservations fees are included in the final price.


  1. ECV Identification. In order to aid in finding your ECV in the crowd, tie something brightly colored on the seat or handle. One person even made seat covers from some fun Mickey print fleece. The seat cover helps the ECV stand out in the crowd and keeps the rider from sticking to the seat in hot weather.
  1. Leave Time For Travel. If you ride Disney transportation, there is generally a limit of 2 ECVs per boat or bus at a time. If you choose to drive, disabled parking tends to fill up quickly.
  1. Attraction Lines. At some attractions, you will be asked to wait in the Stand-by line (if you don’t have a FastPass), and at other attractions, you will be directed to an alternate entrance. This depends on the setup of the line at each attraction, so make sure you ask the Cast Member at the line entrance where you should go.


BONUS: Now, for the most important tip of all! No matter how people are maneuvering through Walt Disney World, they are likely excited and maybe a little distracted. Whether a person is touring Walt Disney World in an ECV, pushing a wheelchair or stroller, or walking; watch out for each other. Be courteous and help everyone have a wonderful day at the Walt Disney World theme parks.
 

mamabunny

DIS Veteran
Joined
Oct 11, 2012
@Trish0025

Go ahead and take along the phone number for a local (outside) rental vendor or two - that way if the Parks happen to be out of rentals, you can call around and try to find a rental company that can deliver one as soon as reasonably possible.

Additionally, you can go to the main DISabilities board, and search for "first time ECV" and get TONS of tips for your mom to help her feel a bit more prepared! :)
 

RaySharpton

Retired and going to Disney.
Joined
Oct 28, 2000
Hi, bsbrady. I googled Buena Vista Scooter and found a page with a DIS discount at the link below:

Anyone know the cost for Buena Vista Scooter Rentals


Special offer for DIS visitors!
Guest Receives a Free Cup Holder or Rear Basket
CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER DISCOUNT

If you have any question please call us at 866-484-4797
Or email us at frontoffice@buenavistacompanies.com

Please fill out the form below and one of our Team Members will contact you shortly.

Buena Vista Scooter Rentals
6314 Kingspointe Pkwy - #2
Orlando, FL 32819

866-484-4797
frontoffice@buenavistacompanies.com
$31.00 per day
3 day minimum
CONTACT
Standard Scooter
Capacity 325 lbs



Our standard model scooter from Pride Mobility is a feature-rich luxury product that is both easy and fun to use. With a top speed of 6 mph and a weight capacity of up to 325 pounds, it is easy to see why the this is our most popular ECV rental.The standard model is available in a 3 wheel format and offers elegant simplicity, unmatched reliability an impressive, easy-to-use performance and operation. The next generation styling from Pride Mobility is fresh and exciting, while the many standard features, developed directly from customer feedback, are extremely practical in everyday use. This unit offers a perfect blend of style, performance technology, convenient standard features and affordable pricing making it the best overall luxury scooter value in its class!

  • Feature-rich luxury product at an attractive price
  • Delta tiller with wraparound handles
  • Top speed up to 6 mph
  • 325 lbs. weight capacity
  • 19" x 16" deluxe foldable molded seat w/ sliders for increased comfort
  • Includes bright, long-lasting LED lights for safety
  • Front frame-mounted seat post for optimal stability
  • Convenient 5 amp off-board charger
$41.00 per day
3 day minimum
CONTACT
Maxima Scooter
Capacity 500 lbs



The Maxima ECV combines a great design and the safety and stability that Pride products are known for. This scooter provides a smooth, quiet ride, enough power to handle the outdoors and a load capacity of up to 500 pounds.

(Please note: The Maxima is not a portable scooter.)

The Maxima scooter combines outstanding performance with a rugged construction for an increased weight capacity. With a list of standard features like an easily adjustable tiller, 22" wide medium-back seat, and front anti-tip wheels.

  • Top speed up to 6 mph
  • 500 lbs. weight capacity
  • Includes bright, long-lasting LED lights for safety
  • Front frame-mounted seat post for optimal stability
Rear Basket
Scooter Accessory



Need extra space? Then add the rear basket feature to your reservation. Great for souvenirs and other personal items. Holds up to 10 extra lbs.

Dimensions: 15"x12"x9"
(Not available for use with canopy or crutch/cane holder)
5.00 per day
3 day minimum
CONTACT
Cup Holder
Scooter Accessory





A convenient way to keep your cold drink close by on those long HOT days in the park. Design is accessible to ALL rental equipment offered by Buena Vista. Don't ruin your favorite pants. Put your drink in it's place. Available for rent or Purchase. Cup holder is accessible to some office chairs, airplane arm rests and many other convenient places.
Anyone know the cost for Buena Vista Scooter Rentals
I believe their rates start at $31/day.

Enjoy your vacation!

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