I've been planning my first Disney trip for almost a year even though I've been fighting hip pain for awhile. A couple months ago it was diagnosed as bone-on-bone arthritis in my joint and the doctor told me I'll be needing hip replacement. We're going in Feb-2011 so I cannot have the surgery before then. I use a cane now but can't walk for more than an hour without hurting badly.
Anyway, I know you can rent wheelchairs at the various parks or can rent offsite and bring your own each day (we're staying offsite).
What should I expect waiting in lines?
Does each ride have a spot for chairs while you're riding?
Do they often run out of chairs? (I'd hate to go in and then not be able to get around!)
Can you safely leave things (like my cane) with the chair and not have it disappear? (For that matter, what do people do with ANY loose items when they go on rides?)
Anything else I should know?
I know people with handicaps go to the parks everyday but this is all pretty new to me and needless to say, I'm a little freaked out by having to use a wheelchair for the first time.