|07-07-2007, 10:20 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Most Accessible Theme Park With 2 Wheelchairs?
My fiance and I are planning our first WDW trip for next summer. My friend might be able to join us at one of the parks. Which WDW theme park do you think would be most accessible for all of us to explore together? She uses a power wheelchair and unable to transfer. I use a manual wheelchair and can transfer easily (with the help of my fiance). Which park has the most rides / attractions/ shows that wouldn't require a transfer? Also, which attractions do you think would accomodate 2 wheelchairs and 1 standard seat or 1wheelchair and 2 standard seats (in the same vehicle)??
Thanks so much for your help!
|07-08-2007, 11:31 AM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Twin Cities area,Minnesota,USA
A lot depends on what you are looking for.
Do you want mostly shows, or rides too?
What are your interests?
There are a couple of links in the disABILITIES FAQs thread near the top of the thread list for this board that should help. They include a website that has a lot of accessibility info for wheelchair users and several past threads where people with power wheelchairs have posted experiences. Look especially at eternaldisneyfan's trip report. She and her sister both use power wheelchairs (plus her trip report is lots of fun to read).
Here's some other information.
MK has the most things that require a transfer.
Here's a list of attractions where you can stay in a wheelchair. I put an R in front of the ones that are rides, the rest are movies or shows. Some of the rides have ride cars that only hold 2-4 people in the non-wheelchair accessible car.:
Epcot has a lot to see if you are going around World Showcase and that area is very accessible. Canada, France and China have movies that would be very accessible. America has the American Adventure (an Audio-Animatronic-multi media presentation), also fully accessible. The only rides in World Showcase are the Norway ride (wheelchair users must transfer) and Mexico (a boat where one or two wheelchairs can be loaded onto the boat, with room for 6 other guests to sit). There are also performers in the different countries during the day at various times - ranging from acrobats in China to drummers in Japan to a bagpipe rock band in the UK.
The Future World part is less accessible. Here's a list of attractions where someone can stay in their wheelchair:
The only things that are not wheelchair accessible and require a transfer are Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Star Tours and "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™".
If it is not busy, you may be able to get a non-motion showing of Star Tours ride where they play the movie, but do not turn on the simulator to make the theater move.
The Great Movie Ride has space for one wheelchair and there is a bench seat in that row that will hold around 6 people. Someone with a long power wheelchair may not fit.
The Backstage Tour (ride) has a tram with space for one wheelchair (I think only one) and space for at least 4 to sit in the same area, plus many other rows in that tram.
Is very accessible although some people find it hard going because the pathways are 'themed' to be rough - tile or mud theming.
the only things that require a transfer are DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest, Primeval Whirl and Kali River Rapids.
Kilimanjaro Safaris has a tram similar to the one for the Backstage Tour at the Studio.
TriceraTop Spin is a spinning ride similar to Aladdin at MK.
SueM in MN
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|07-08-2007, 07:09 PM||#4|
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Thanks for the reference, Sue.
Just wanted to say that Stitch in MK isn't accessible to electric wheelchairs because the bar can't reach due to the battery box and general thicker back
And the Backstage/Backlot Tour holds two electric wheelchairs (flip up the seat). That was one ride we all got to go on together (Mom transferred).
Personally, I liked MGM the best.
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