Have searched and read other threads here about this.
Am a solo handicapped DAS traveller, staying off-site with rental car. Able to walk short distances with cane/sticks before needing ECV or legs give out, lol. WDW trip last year worked ok for all parks with short walks from handicapped parking through entrances to ECV rental.
However, MK is a real challenge, and last year really pushed me to full limits, especially tired after a park day. Walking from parking spot, through handicapped parking lanes, on sidewalk under bridge (TTC trams do not service handicapped parking), through entryway, wait in lines for monorail, ride monorail, walk to MK entrance, wait in security line, walk to ECV rental.
Last year I could (barely) do all that walking to MK. Am worried I can’t this year with more disability progression, and may fall enroute with that walking demand. Falls can be bad, and this one part is even a little scary for me. So looking for better options this year. Considering:
- Valet park at Contemporary, take monorail to MK.
- Park in regular TTC parking, to at least use TTC trams
I’m not looking to game the system, this is a very real (and daunting) physical need. Am willing to pay extra parking costs if needed.
Option 1, I’m learning is $33 per entry, which is fine. May be free with handicapped placard. Contemporary might, or might not let me in, without guest stay or ADR. Experiences here on TP seem to vary. I do understand many people walk from Contemp to MK, but for my goal, taking monorail right to entrance seems optimal.
Option 2 at least saves the surprisingly long and not fun walk from TTC handicapped parking to TTC entryway hub. Would parking assistant people give any consideration to parking at the end of the row, closer to the tram stop? Or would they insist I park in the handicapped area, which they may not understand would be even WORSE? I could step up into the tram.
Option 3, I’m very open to any other ideas. Park at EPCOT handicapped, and then take the double monorail to MK, which would be long but I could at least sit? Any other resort that would let me park there with easy transpo to MK? (am retired military, so Shades of Green even possible)
I just don’t know why there isn’t better disabled parking options for MK. Disney seems to assume that all disabled car parkers have their own wheelchairs/scooters to do that long walk from TTC handicapped parking all through the process to the MK ECV rentals.