Looking for advice on using an ECV while traveling solo at WDW.
Backstory: I have an autoimmune disease which isn’t as well controlled these days as I would like. I love traveling solo at Disney, but to be honest my last trip was really, really rough. Steady, purposeful walking (like at rope drop or heading across the park for an ADR) for any distance greater than across the grocery store parking lot causes severe joint pain and swelling in my ankles, to the point of almost being unable to walk at all. When I went to WDW in March, I managed to have a good time overall and there were some really lovely moments, but I also was pretty miserable for much of the trip. I honestly don’t remember much about my Animal Kingdom day other than fighting back tears and limping for most of the day.
So basically, I think it’s finally time to admit that I need some mobility assistance in the parks, at least for the longer stretches of getting from point A to point B. Once I’m actually in a particular area of the park (in line for a ride, strolling through shops, wandering around the Tree of Life to take pictures, etc.) I should be good. I don’t have trouble with slow walking and standing at this point, so I won’t need to use the ECV constantly. It’s getting into and across the parks that is just too much for my body right now.
Anyway, I’m wondering if anyone has traveled solo and dealt with an ECV alone. I’m undecided as to whether I’ll be staying on-site or off… I’m on a tight budget for this trip, so if availability doesn’t open up for my dates and I can’t snag a good Hotwire deal, then I’ll end up off-site with a rental car.
But for the sake of discussion, do you think it would be easier to wrangle an ECV by myself on-site or off-site? I’m thinking there are pros and cons both ways (on-site means I have to drive it through the resort and on/off buses, which sounds like a pain…off-site I don’t have to worry about that but I do have to get it in and out of a rental car by myself and lifting heavy items is a challenge these days…) There are probably other issues I haven’t thought of yet, so I’d be grateful to hear your experiences or advice!