View Full Version : How easy for a wheelchair in Dervish&Bangs/Ollivanders?
09-30-2011, 04:28 PM
So never did Dervish&Bangs/Ollivander/OwlPost so I don't know what it's like inside. I was in Honeydukes/Zonks and Filtch's Emporium and recall they were very small and a little cramped, especially with a group of people. I don't know why I didn't think of it before now but I wonder how well you can maneuver a wheelchair in Dervish&Bangs? I have the recollection it would take some doing if Honeydukes or Filtch's was crowded cuz of the tight turns - is Dervish&Bangs similar?
10-01-2011, 09:50 PM
In my opinion it would be even worswe than Honeydukes. We went on opening day weekend and there were times you could hardly move. I can't imagine how hard it would be to have a wheelchair in there. I would guess that they made it "wheelchair friendly" but it would be a real pain to try and get around in. Great place, loved the theming and I understamd the concept of why it is so small, but man, its tight!
10-01-2011, 10:00 PM
I was there today. Technically, I think you could move a wheelchair (not one of the scooter types) around the store - it is wide enough.
However, the store was very crowded and "traffic" moved pretty slowly. There isn't really room or for you to just stop and look at things, even if you are not using a wheelchair. And a lot of people stepping/reaching in front of you to get things. With that many people in the store, it might be hard to get around in a wheelchair. It would depend on how assertive the person (or someone with them) was and how comfortable they are manuevering in a very crowded area.
If you want to try, your best bet would probably be on a really slow day, first thing in the morning.
10-01-2011, 10:03 PM
We went on what I would consider a lighter day back in April (it was a Thursday), and it was cramped. I think even if the place was empty, it would still be hard to maneuver around. Not much room between merchandise to get many people. I was able to take a small stroller in Honeydukes, but not Dervish & Bangs. I sure hope if Phase 2 ever comes, they will learn from Phase 1 and makes the building more costumer friendly. I would have bought more if it hadn't been so uncomfortable.
That said, it was still amazing to see all the details. If it is something you want to do, don't let the cramped space hold you back.
10-24-2011, 12:37 PM
thanks for all the replies. just thought i'd report back after the trip - it was small :) but we did actually maneuver a park scooter through part of it. the section with the wands (not the show) and then through the back connecting doorway into the other merchandise and then out the exit by the Owl Post. We didn't meander, it was a one way trip. Fortunately it wasn't super crowded and we only had to wait about 5 minutes each time to be able to look at something or get through a doorway or turn.
i do say though, if at all possible, use the manual wheelchair rather than a scooter. :)
and we apparently picked the worst time of day to check out Honeydukes as we could only really get the scooter in the door. there was a line of people stretched from the register to the side entrance just about the whole time. so that didn't leave much room for looking at the shelves just walking let alone a scooter or chair. without the people i think we would have been ok.
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