When you plan a trip to Orlando, Florida, you’re expecting the best of the best. You want magic, beauty, and excitement. You want to explore the various theme parks it offers, taste the best food, and enjoy luxury hotels and rental homes. The last thing you want is to become injured. Unfortunately, it happens, and when you have mobility problems, the likelihood of an injury increases dramatically.
So, what can you do about it?
Avoiding Falling on Your Vacation
- Scooter Rental in Orlando- Whether you’re traveling from your hotel room to the hotel swimming pool or you’re enjoying the magic of Disney, renting a scooter is essential to ensuring you’re as safe as possible. Being able to utilize the scooter will allow you to eliminate the need to walk any type of long distance, which greatly reduces the risk of falling or tripping, especially when your mobility is limited already.
- Equipped Hotel Rooms- When you plan your Orlando, Florida vacation, be careful how you make your hotel reservation. Be clear that you will be operating a mobility scooter and that your mobility is limited. Request a room that is on the ground floor, or one with disabled-access. As whether the room is equipped for individuals with limited mobility as well; the room may come with shower bars, hand rails, and lower countertops to accommodate for your needs.
- Equipped Vacation Homes- It’s much more difficult to find a vacation home with the scooter-friendly access, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Contact a realtor while you’re planning your trip. They will be able to help you find exactly what you need; this very helpful when you don’t live nearby and are unable to visit Orlando to find the perfect rental yourself.
- Go Clutter Free- Living out a suitcase isn’t very conducive to organization, but allowing the items in your hotel room to clutter up walkways can be dangerous. Even if you only have to walk short distances, like to the bathroom or to where your scooter rental is charging on the other side of the room, making sure path is free of any clutter will help you avoid falling.
- Rely on Help- There may be instances during your trip when you won’t be able to do what you want to do if you’re in a mobility scooter. For instance, some rides and attractions at the theme parks in Orlando will require you to transfer from your scooter to a wheelchair that will fit on the ride. Don’t be afraid to rely on a bit of help when you must make these changes. Being able to stabilize yourself on the arm of someone else can keep you from becoming injured and can keep the rest of your trip from being ruined. When you’re in your vacation home, think of things the same way. If you need help getting from your scooter to your bed at night, ask for help.
Want to make the most of your trip? If your mobility is limited, do everything you can to plan to avoid falling. Find the right hotel room or vacation home, get a scooter rental in Orlando, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
So, you’ve been planning your Florida vacation for months, and now that you’ve finally arrived in Orlando, you can wait to start enjoying yourself. Because of your inability to walk for long distances, you’ve had to invest in an Orlando scooter rental, but you’re sure that using a mobility scooter will only enhance your enjoyment of the sunny Florida days ahead.
If you want your mobility scooter to last and perform at its best, though, you have to make sure you’re doing everything possible to keep it running. Fortunately, this generally only means keeping the battery charged. Doing so will ensure you’re ready to go whenever you want to and also ensures you’re never left stranded without a way to get back to your hotel.
What if, however, you do everything right, charge the battery each night, but something seems to be wrong with the power? What if the battery is running low? Is your vacation ruined?
What Cause Scooter Batteries to Run Low
In most circumstances, the battery on your Orlando scooter rental will be a very reliable source of power. It’s designed that way, so it can keep up with your need to be on-the-go during your vacation. Most batteries can handle travel anywhere from ten to fifteen miles on a single charge.
If you notice your scooter battery doesn’t seem to be holding up to its end of the deal anymore, and the distance you’re able to go each day is less and less, there could be a few reasons behind it.
- Heavy Weight- Did you make sure to check the weight capacity of the scooter you were renting before you rented it? If your weight exceeds the capacity, or you’ve been allowing others to ride the mobility scooter, you’re putting extra demand on the batteries. This can cause them to drain much more quickly.
- Extreme Cold or Heat- Do you leave the scooter sitting out in the hot sun or turn the air conditioning down extremely low in your vacation home because you aren’t used to the Florida heat? Extreme hot and cold fluctuations can make the battery on your Orlando scooter rental work harder, which can cause power to deplete faster.
- Frequent Climbs, Starts, and Stops- Have you been visiting locations that require you to stop and start frequently? Have you been testing your scooter’s ability to handle hills and inclines? Compared to traveling over flat surfaces at a steady pace, battery power depletes faster with frequent climbs, starts, and stops.
How to Maintain Your Mobility Scooter Battery Power
In addition to ensuring the battery on your Orlando scooter rental is charged each night for its recommended time (generally six to eight hours,) make sure to charge the battery as soon as any power loss is evident.
If that doesn’t fix the problem, contact Florida Mobility Rentals to speak with our qualified personnel about any changes you may need to make in your operations, to determine if the battery on your mobility scooter might need to be replaced, or to determine if you need a scooter with a higher weight capacity.
When your mobility is limited, using a scooter rental to enjoy Disney’s Magic Kingdom is not only recommended, but essential. The parking lots and common areas that have to be navigated before reaching the ticket gates are a long distance away. Here’s a short breakdown in how the process works:
- If you’re traveling by car and don’t have a handicap sign for your vehicle, you’ll have to navigate the parking lots and common areas until you reach the ticket gate.
- If you’re traveling by car and do have a handicap sign, you’ll be able to park in the handicap parking lot. However, if you decide to use the free, available wheelchairs in this lot instead of an Orlando scooter rental, you’ll need to travel down and back up an incline in order to reach the ticket gate. The inclines can be hard on anyone, even if someone is available to push you.
- If you decide to take the monorail, you may arrive at the ticket gate more quickly, but you’ll also have a two story incline up to the monorail platform and another once you get off the monorail. There will be another slight incline as well before you reach the security checkpoint and gate.
These inclines can be much too taxing when you’re only using a wheelchair, but they can also be hard on your scooter rental. If you want to avoid the ups and downs while still making sure you don’t spend all of your vacation time going across parking lots, consider these tips.
Using Your Scooter Rental in Disney’s Magic Kingdom
- Skip the monorail and take the ferry instead. The wait will be longer, but you won’t have to go up and down inclines that could limit the time you spend in the park because of its affects on your scooter battery.
- Always arrange for an Orlando scooter rental before you visit the park. Don’t rely on the scooters the park provides; these are generally sell out first thing in the morning. Having Florida Scooter Rentals deliver your scooter to your hotel room will allow you to enjoy the benefits of the scooter well before you enter the park as well.
- For shorter and easier commutes, stay at a Disney resort or on-site hotel. You’ll be able to use a boat or the bus service to quickly and easily reach the entrance to the Magic Kingdom.
- If you decide to park in the handicap parking lot or use the monorail, make sure your scooter’s battery is full charged. The inclines can deplete its power more quickly, but with a full charge to start off with, you should be able to enjoy the entire day with your family and friends in Magic Kingdom.
Are you ready to enjoy Disney World’s Magic Kingdom? Don’t let your limited mobility get in the way. Use these tips and an Orlando scooter rental to make the most of your visit to Florida so you can have time of your life.
People from all walks of life travel far and wide to get a taste of the Magic Kingdom with their friends and family. Within this melting pot of guests, are people who see Disney World as more of a challenge than a cheerful, enchanted place. Attempting to take on Disney World's 30,000 acres is a daunting task for anyone with health issues that impair their ability to walk or breathe with ease. For this reason we see many of Disney's guests tapping out early and heading back to their hotels before getting the chance to watch the fireworks or parades. Not because they don't want to stay, but because they physically can not.
We think everyone should be able to stay and take in the magic for as long as their hearts desire. That's why we offer scooter rentals for those who need assistance maneuverings through theme parks.
What About Disney Scooter Rentals?
Disney World does, in fact, offer guests scooter rentals within the parks and at Downtown Disney. However, we think you're going to prefer our Orlando scooter rentals over Disney's.
Disney's scooters are not available for rental until you have physically entered the park. So until you make it inside you will have to walk. For those who don't have the ability to do so, this poses a huge problem. But let's say you do figure out a way to manage the journey into the park, what's next? Well, you can not reserve a Disney scooter, so once you make it to the counter you will find out if you will even have one at all. Now maybe you arrived early enough to beat the crowds and they had a scooter for you to rent. How much will it cost? $50 per day, plus a $20 deposit. That doesn't sound so bad, unless you plan to stay for multiple days. Say you're visiting Disney for 3 days, your total cost for renting a scooter will be a whopping $150. That is a pretty substantial fee for the average family.
Now on the opposite side of things, let's say you rented your scooter from Florida Mobility Rentals. You can either call or visit our site to reserve a scooter for the days of your vacation and be able rest assured that you will have a scooter for your trip. If the location where you're staying is within 10 miles from our store, we will deliver the chair to you. If you happen to be staying a little further away than that, you can come pick the scooter up. All of our scooters have folding functions so they will fit into your car with ease. Unlike with Disney rentals, there will be no part of your day when you have to over exert yourself because you don't have a chair. The best part of renting from us though, is the price. A scooter like our Go Go Sport, 3 Wheel HD only costs $55 in total, for three days. That's almost a $100 dollar savings in comparison to Disney prices.
At the rates offered by Florida Mobility Rentals anyone can have access to a scooter during their vacation. We offer our customers reliable equipment at prices they can afford. The days of vacations being stressful and physically painful are long gone and the days of fully enjoying them have arrived.