Epcot - FAQs and disability Guide

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  1. SueM in MN

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    The information in this thread is all about EPCOT. I hope it will be helpful for people with many types of disabilities, whether they are temporary or permanent.

    This thread is meant to be a first place to stop - not to answer all your questions. If you have more specific questions, please, please ask!

    The moderators and regular readers/contributors of this board like to answer questions. If there were no questions, this board would not exist.

    This first post includes the index that tells what each post is about
    • Post 2: Getting to the park
    • Post 3: Park Overview and general hints
    • Post 4: Helpful Services, including location of stroller and wheelchair rental, Guest Relations, First Aid, Baby Care, Kidcot Stations
    • Post 5:Companion Restrooms
    • Post 6: Mainstream attractions, rides that require transfer
    • Post 7: Attractions with warnings
    • Post 8: Hearing Disabilities
    • Post 9: Future World Overview
    • Post 10: Spaceship Earth
    • Post 11: Innoventions
    • Post 12: Universe of Energy / Ellen's Energy Adventure
    • Post 13: Mission: SPACE; Mission Space Ride & Advance Training Lab
    • Post 14: Test Track
    • Post 15: The Seas with Nemo and Friends
      Where's Nemo
      Turtle Talk with Crush
    • Post 16: The Land
      Living with the Land
      Soarin'
      Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable
    • Post 17: Imagination
      Journey Into Imagination With Figment
      Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
      Imageworks
    • Post 18: World Showcase Overview
    • Post 19: Mexico - Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
    • Post 20: Norway - Maelstrom & Viking Boat Play area
    • Post 21: China - Reflections of China
    • Post 22: Germany
    • Post 23: Italy
    • Post 24: American Adventure
    • Post 25: Japan
    • Post 26: Morocco
    • Post 27: France - Impressions de France
    • Post 28: United Kingdom
    • Post 29: Canada - Oh Canada
    • Post 30: Illuminations, Character Greetings, Bands and 'street' performers
    • Post 31: Food

    If you want to print the information from this thread, you can either copy and paste it into a document on your computer or you can print right from the document. (Across the top border of the thread, there are some menu items. One item is Thread tools. If you click on that, you will find Show Printable Version that is formatted for printing.

    Some of the information is from official sources, like the Disney website, maps and publications. Some is from un-official websites, like the DIS site's information pages at www.wdwinfo.com .
    Some is from personal experience or conversations with CMs (Cast Members) and other guests. Some is from information shared by DIS posters since this board began in early 2000.

    This is just the "first Draft" and information will be added/updated as I have time and/or more information. The thread will be locked so that it remains a useful guide and doesn't end up being 200 pages. It will also be stuck somewhere near the top of the thread list for this board, so you will be able to easily find it again.

    If you have any comments, suggestions, additions or corrections, please send me an email or PM. You can also add comments in either one of these threads:
    Post what you know about Epcot attractions - for Epcot specific information
    Thread about idea of making a guide
     
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  3. SueM in MN

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    Under CONSTRUCTION
    Getting to EPCOT
    Driving/Parking
    Bus
    Monorail from TTC, MK or MK area resorts

    Boat or walking from Epcot area resorts or Disney Hollywood Studio
     
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    This will be the 'key' for icons in pictures describing attractions further on in this thread.

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    PARTS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

    Conserving Energy
    Ride boarding
    FastPass ADD LINK TO DIS BOARD INFO

    Avoiding crowds – hints boards, Tourguide Mike

    Seeing or hearing what an attraction is like is very helpful for some people. One place to find videos is youtube. Many of the videos were not made by professionals, so the quality varies.

    Helpful links not specifically about Epcot

    DIS site home page

    DIS site Park general information menu page. This includes helpful information, including a height calculator to help figure out which attractions your child can go on, information about how Fastpass works and about Child Swap (which can also be used for adults.

    Helpful links that are specifically about Epcot
     
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    Strollers, wheelchairs and ECVs (power scooters) can be rented at these locations at EPCOT:
    • on your right just before the turnstiles, as you face the main entrance (limited numbers, and according to the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities, no ECVs)
    • the shop to the left of Spaceship Earth
    • International Gateway to the left after the turnstiles
    They can't be reserved ahead of time, so there is a possibility that there won't be any to rent when you arrive. They also can't be removed from the park. Availability is not usually a problem with strollers and wheelchairs, but ECVs may be gone by late morning.
    See the disABILITIES FAQs thread for more information about renting in the parks (including prices) and a list of off-site places to rent.

    First Aid is located by the Odyssey Center in Future World. This is on a walkway that goes between Test Track and Mexico in World Showcase.
    • staffed by RNs or LPNs; Emergency Medical Services available if needed
    • area is dimly lit, cool and quiet
    • place to do treatments, change diapers on older children, etc.
    • cubicles with a cot, chair, bedside table, privacy curtain
    • private rooms with a door that can be closed, cot or exam type table that can be raised or lowered
    • Companion restroom
    • can store equipment or medication (including refrigeration)

    Baby Care is located in the Odyssey Center in Future World, next to First Aid. Facilities to nurse, feed and change babies. Diapers and other baby supplies are also sold there.

    Guest Relations provides services including general information/questions, Priority Seating for restaurants, ticket information, park maps and schedules.
    You can also get information about services for people with disabilities, get copies of the Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities and request a Guest Assistance Card (see the disABILITIES FAQs thread for more information about Guest Assistance Cards).
    • outside the park, on the right before you enter the park turnstiles
    • inside the park, to the left side of Spaceship Earth, just before you get to Innoventions East
    • International Gateway ticket kiosk is sometimes staffed with Guest Relations CMs who can meet some Guest Relations needs (Guest Relations CMs wear red and blue plaid vests).

    Park Maps not only show where thing are, but also have helpful icons that show things like
    • accessibility of attractions (see post 5)
    • attractions with warnings (see post 6)
    • attractions that have height requirements
    • attractions with captioning or assistive listening devices for people with hearing disabilities
    Park Schedules list things like where/when live entertainers and characters will appear. The schedules are usually for a one week time period.

    You can pick up maps and schedules
    • when you purchase your tickets
    • at your resort, if you are staying at one of the WDW resorts
    • at the park entrance (straight in front of the entrance turnstiles)
    • Guest Relations
    • at the cash register area at most shops, restaurants and food/gift carts
    You can pick up a copy of the EPCOT Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities at Guest Relations at EPCOT (or at any other park). If you are staying at a WDW resort, you may be able to get a copy there. The guidebook has basic information for Guests with disabilities who are visiting EPCOT.
     
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    Here's a website that was made by a DIS poster. She actually took pictures and information about as many bathrooms as possible at each park.

    Many restrooms in WDW parks have auto flush toilets, which flush when the sensor senses movement. These can flush unexpectedly. They are also rather loud. One good hint is to put a Post It note over the sensor before using the toilet. When finished, remove it and the toilet will flush.

    All park restrooms have handicapped toilet stalls and changing tables. Because Epcot was built in 1982, many of the handicapped stalls are not large enough to get a wheelchair into the toilet stall and close the door. The larger restrooms are more likely to have updated, larger stalls. The smaller restrooms inside restaurants are more likely to have smaller stalls.
    Restrooms inside The Land and The Living Seas have large handicapped stalls with a sink inside the stall. Those stalls are large enough for a wheelchair and an assistant.

    Companion Restrooms
    These are large enough for a wheelchair to go into and are set up for people who need assistance in the bathroom (whether or not they have a wheelchair).
    • meet ADA wheelchair accessibility standards for size, space and arrangement of the room.
    • raised seat, wheelchair accessible toilets with grab bars
    • sink
    • a single room with a door that can be locked, so there is no privacy from the other people who are in there with you.
    • all at Epcot have autoflush toilets
    • all at Epcot have urinals
    • all at Epcot have changing tables; measurements vary and are listed below.

    Companion Restrooms are located at First Aid as well as:
    • Near Spaceship Earth - on the East side, between stroller rental and Guest Relations. Very large room, seating area a few feet outside door. Noisy with murmur of voices and can also hear music from park entrance area. Toilet, urinal, changing table (table is 40 inches long, 21 inches wide, 35.5 high). Wheelchair could be parked in front of or to right side of toilet, as you face it.
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      Link to slide of CRR by Spaceship Earth
    • FutureWorld East opposite Test Track Large room, but very noisy. Can hear sounds from Test Track and also 'traffic' going by on busy walkway. Toilet, urinal and changing table (table is 56 inches long, 21 inches wide, 34.5 high). Wheelchair could be parked in front of or to right of toilet as you face it.
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      Link to slide of CRR by Test Track
    • FutureWorld West opposite The Land NEAR to Innoventions West, outside the building where character greetings occur. Large room, loud fan masks outside noise. Toilet, urinal and changing table (table is 56 inches long, 21 inches wide, 34.5 high). Wheelchair could be parked in front of or to right of toilet. (NO PICTURE YET)
    • Inside the Land - to the left of the entrance to Soarin'. Very large room. Noisy area with constant murmur of voices from seating area across from restroom. Busy, with at least 3 knocks/tries to door in a 15 minute visit in our experience. Toilet, urinal and very small changing table (table is 28 inches long, 22 inches wide, 34.5 high). Wheelchair could be parked in front of or to left of toilet as you face it.
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      Link to slide of CRR inside the Land
    • Near Norway - on the side closer to Mexico, near the Norse Ship play area. Restroom is very large. Toilet, urinal and changing table (table is 46 inches long, 21 inches wide, 32.5 high). Wheelchair could be parked in front of or to the left of toilet, as you face it.
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      Link to slide of Norway CRR
    • Near Germany - on the side closer to Italy, near the model train display. Toilet, urinal and changing table (table is 44 inches long, 20 inches wide, 36 inches high). Wheelchair could be parked in front of or to the left of toilet as you face it.
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      Link to slide of Germany CRR
    • Near Morocco - on the side toward France. Very large room. Quiet location beyond the other restrooms. Toilet, urinal and changing table (table is 44 inches long, 21 inches wide, 40 inches high). Wheelchair could be parked in front of or to right of toilet as you face it.
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      Link to slide of Morocco CRR
    • Near Canada - at the Refreshment Port between Canada and the Showcase Plaza. Very large room with a sort of antechamber where someone could stand inside room out of view of person using restroom. Very high toilet paper dispenser. Toilet, urinal, changing table (table is 47 inches long, 22 inches wide, 36 inches high). Wheelchair could be parked in front of or to right of toilet. NO PICTURE YET
    Examples of people who need Companion Restrooms:
    • a mother with an older son who is autistic and is too old to comfortably come into the ladies room with her
    • someone who can't walk whose wheelchair doesn't fit into the regular handicapped stalls or doesn't fit into the stall in a way that allows them to transfer (so they can't leave it outside the stall and walk in)
    • someone, like my DD, who needs room for a wheelchair and a helper (we don't fit in many of the regular handicapped stalls)
    • an older man or woman who has to assist their spouse/SO who has had a stroke or other situation that makes assistance in the restroom necessary
    • someone with a colostomy or other need that makes being in a bathroom with a toilet and a sink necessary

    The Companion Restroom or handicapped stall are the only toilets some people can use. So, there may be only 8 toilets in all of Epcot that they can use.
    Handicapped stalls and Companion Restrooms are made so that people with disabilities are able to use the restroom. They may also be useful or convenient for some people without disabilities. Some people do choose to use them for convenience. But, there are not enough of them to be used that way if everyone who found them convenient used them.
    I would like to ask people to consider whether or not they have other options. In some cases, they don't and should be using the Companion Restrooms or the Handicapped Stall. (One example might be a father traveling alone with a young daughter.) But, please consider whether there are other options before using them for convenience.
     
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    EPCOT first opened in 1982 and was designed before wheelchair accessibility was commonly thought of for amusement parks. When Epcot first opened, many attractions had special wheelchair entrances because the regular entrance or boarding area was not accessible to people using wheelchairs or ECVs.
    As attractions were added or updated, 'Mainstream Lines' were added as much as possible. These are lines where the regular line is wheelchair/ECV accessible and a person using a wheelchair or ECV waits in the same line with everyone else. In some cases, you will board at the same place as other guests. In other cases, people with disabilities wait in the regular line, but have a different boarding spot.

    List of attractions with Mainstream Lines from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities:
    FUTURE WORLD

    • Imagination!: All Attractions
    • Innoventions East
    • Innoventions West
    • Mission: SPACE
    • Test Track
    • The Seas with Nemo & Friends: All Attractions
    • The Land: All Attractions (for Living with the Land - get Fastpass or see CM at entrance to queue)
    • Universe of Energy: "Ellen's Energy Adventure"

    WORLD SHOWCASE
    • China: "Reflections of China"
    • France: "Impressions de France"
    • FriendShip Boats
    • Norway: Maelstrom
    • America: The American Adventure (Guests with wheelchairs/ECVs see CM at entrance to use elevator to 2nd floor to enter show. There is an escalator at the regular 'boarding' area for guest who need to avoid stairs.)

    For some attractions, the line/attraction is wheelchair accessible, but is not accessible to ECVs. For those attractions, guests using ECVs will park the ECV outside of the attraction and transfer to a manual wheelchair at the ride entrance.
    (There should be a manual wheelchair at the entrance that a guest can transfer to.)
    List from the official Guidebook for Guest with Disabilities where guests in motorized vehicles, ECVs, must transfer into a wheelchair:*
    • Universe of Energy: "Ellen's Energy Adventure"
    • Mexico: Grand Fiesta Tour Starring The 3 Caballeros
    • The Land: Living with the Land
    • The Seas with Nemo and Friends
    * Note: These attractions are generally accessible to power wheelchairs and some guests with small ECVs may be able to remain in them. Some guests with large power wheelchairs may be asked to transfer to a manual wheelchair.

    List of attractions where a transfer to a ride vehicle is required:
    • Spaceship Earth
    • Mission Space
    • Test Track
    • Soarin'
    • Maelstrom in Norway

    List of attractions that are wheelchair accessible:
    Future World:
    • Innoventions East - interactive exhibits
    • Innoventions West - interactive exhibits
    • Ellen's Energy Adventure - accessible ride vehicle
    • Advanced Training Lab - interactive exhibits at exit of Mission Space
    • Imagination: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience - 3D movie
    • Imagination: Journey into Imagination with Figment
    • Imagination: Imageworks - interactive exhibits
    • The Land: Circle of Life - movie
    • The Land: Living with the Land - accessible boat ride
    • The Seas: Nemo and Friends - accessible ride vehicle
    • The Seas: Turtle Talk with Crush - interactive theater show
    World Showcase:
    • Friendship Boats - accessible boat across World Showcase Lagoon
    • Mexico: Grand Fiesta Tour Starring The 3 Caballeros - accessible boat ride
    • China: Reflections of China - film
    • America: American Adventure - theater presentation
    • France: Impressions de France - movie
    • Canada: Oh Canada - movie

    Each attraction has a sign at the ride entrance that gives a little basic information, including warnings and whether a transfer is needed.
     
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    Warnings
    You can look at the park maps for the attractions with warnings - they are marked with a red triangle on the map and also on a sign at the entrance to the queue.
    For Epcot here are the attractions identified with warnings on the park maps:



      • Mission Space
      • Test Track
    Attractions that may be intense:
    Spaceship Earth
    - Dark, narrow or enclosed. The speaker right by your head in the ride car seems intense to some people. Car gradually makes its way up the inside of the dome (there is not a feeling of height); after getting to the top of the dome it turns around and goes backward down an incline.
    Ellen’s Energy Adventure - Dark, dinosaurs, loud noises, some flashes of light
    Honey, I Shrunk the Audience - dark, snakes, mice, giant dog
    Journey Into Imagination - one dark scene with sudden train light and sounds
    Maelstrom - trolls, dark with one scene where trolls send your ride car backwards (over the falls). Ride car goes backwards for a while before turning around to go forward down a waterfall.

    Scents:
    Journey Into Imagination
    - "skunk" scent
    Spaceship Earth - smoke scent in scene about destruction of Roman Empire
    Soarin' - orange, pine and seaside scents

    Service Animals
    The WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities has additional information about Service Animals. You can also get more information (such as designated break areas) in the guidebook or from Guest Relations.
    Test Track - listed as not allowed
    Star Tours - listed as not allowed
    Soarin' - listed as not allowed
    Spaceship Earth - listed as contact CM
    Honey, I Shrunk the Audience - listed as contact CM
    Maelstrom - listed as contact CM
    Innoventions - listed as Contact CM

    A member of your party will need to care for your dog for those attractions where Service Animals are not allowed. You will be able to use Rider Swap (one guest stays out with the animal while the rest of their party rides; when those riders are finished, one or more of the party 'swap' places with the one who stayed with the dog).
     
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    Information in italics is from the Epcot Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities (7/07)
    Pads of paper, pens/pencils are readily accessible for Cast Members (CM) to use for communicating with guests.
    CMs with ability to use sign language have a language pin on their name tag.

    Sign Language Interpretation
    • Available at Epcot on Tuesdays and Fridays
    • Guests should request confirmation of interpreted performance schedule a minimum of 7 days in advance.
    • Call WDW Resort Information at (407) 824-4321 (voice) or (407) 827-5141 (TTY)
    • Guest will be contacted with an appropriate show schedule that lists the names, dates and times of interpreted performances.

    Handheld Captioning
    • Portable captioning system
    • uses wireless handheld receiver to display text; often used in moving attractions
    • Receiver available through Guest Relations
    • $100 refundable deposit required (must return receiver on same day for refund)
    Available at:
    • Spaceship Earth
    • Universe of Energy: Ellen's Energy Adventure
    • The Seas: Nemo and Friends
    • Imagination: Journey Into Imagination with Figment
    • The Land: Living with the Land
    • Mexico: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The 3 Caballeros
    • Norway: Maelstrom (ride portion only)

    Reflective Captioning
    • used mostly in theater type attractions
    • LED display at the back of the theater
    • acrylic panel is positioned in front of the guest and the reflection of the LED display can be read on the panel
    • contact a CM at the attraction to use
    Available at:
    • The Land: The Circle of Life
    • Imagination: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
    • China: Reflections of China
    • Norway: Maelstrom theater (a short movie about Norway at the end of the Maelstrom ride)
    • America: The American Adventure
    • France: Impressions de France
    • Canada: O Canada


    Video Captioning
    • Caption ready monitors available at many attractions, mostly for preshows
    • Monitors are marked with a CC symbol and the captioning is activated with a special remote.
    • Remotes are available at Guest Services
    • $25 refundable deposit (must return receiver on same day for refund)
    Available at:
    • The Seas with Nemo and Friends (Sea Watch)
      [*]The Land - Soarin Preshow
      [*]Honey I Shrunk the Audience - preshow only
      [*]Mission Space - preshow only
      [*]Test Track - listed as preshow only; we have been in Test Track cars where the actual show was captioned - ask CM
    Assistive Listening Devices
    • uses wireless device that receives a signal from overhead transmitters to amplify sound
    • Receiver available through Guest Relations
    • $25 refundable deposit required (must return receiver on same day for refund)
    Available at:
    • Ellen's Energy Adventure
      [*]Test Track - briefing room, preshow and demonstration areas
      [*]The Seas - Turtle Talk with Crush
      [*]The Land - The Circle of Life
      [*]Imagination - Honey I Shrunk the Audience
      [*]Norway - Maelstrom theater (movie, not ride)
      [*]China - Reflections of China
      [*]Germany - Biergarten show
      [*]America - The American Adventure
      [*]France - Impressions de France
      [*]Canada - O Canada
     
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    Sorry! Still Under Construction!
    Future World Overview
     
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    The text in italics in this post for right now is copied from the guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. When I have time, it will be edited with new information:
    Spaceship Earth

    Step into the world-renowned 180-foot-tall geosphere to explore the stirring story of human communication. Be transported to the further reaches of the solar system in a Time Machine vehicle that takes you through magnificent moments of the past, present and future - from the dawn of recorded time to the 21st century's New Global Neighborhood.
    Location: Future World
    Guests must transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the attraction/ride vehicle.
    Due to the nature of the experience, Guests with service animals should check with a host/hostess for attraction and boarding information.
    Handheld Captioning devices which display text for segments at this location are available at Guest Relations.

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    There is also an exhibition/play area at the ride exit. There are wheelchair accessible stations.
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    LINKS:
    Slide 1, wheelchair boarding area
    Slide 2, exhibition area
    DIS site page about Spaceship Earth
     
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    The information in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. Other information will be added as I have time.
    Innoventions: The Road to Tomorrow

    Experience new technologies first hand through exhilarating experiences where you can touch, feel and play with the toys and tools of the future. Become an action figure in a video game. Examine DNA with the "Look Closer" machine. Play the Toontown Tag game. Put your hands on tomorrow's technology today - at Innoventions!
    Location: Future World
    Guests may remain in wheelchair/ECV.
    Due to the nature of the experience, Guests with service animals should check with a host/hostess for attraction and boarding information.
    Assistive Listening devices which amplify the audio at certain locations are available at Guest Relations.


    LINKS:
    DIS page about Innoventions
     
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    The information in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. It will be replaced with more specific information as I have time;

    Ellen's Energy Adventure

    Get a burst of energy on this fun-filled ride starring Ellen DeGeneres. Move through the creation of the universe and see...and hear...the Big Bang. Ride around, between and under dinosaurs. Float far above Earth with satellites and atoms. See what brain power can really accomplish - only on "Ellen's Energy Adventure!"
    Location: Future World East - Universe of Energy
    Guests must transfer from motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair.
    Assistive Listening devices which amplify the audio at this location are available at Guest Relations.
    Handheld Captioning devices which display text for segments at this location are available at Guest Relations.


    LINKS:
    DIS page about Ellen's Energy Adventure
     
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    Mission: SPACE - Mission Space Ride & Advance Training Lab

    The information in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities.
    Mission: SPACE
    This ultimate interactive thrill-packed adventure is as close as you can get to blasting off into space without leaving Earth. Each member of your astronaut team has a challenging role in a dynamic and daring cosmic mission dodging meteors and navigating nebula. Lift off at adrenaline-pumping speed and have an exhilarating, mystical rendezvous on another planet. It's out of this world!
    Location: Future World East
    For safety, Guests should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
    Height Requirement: 44" minimum
    Guests must transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the attraction/ride vehicle.
    Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
    Guest-activated captioning is available on selected video monitors at this location. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain an activator.


    LINKS:
    DIS site page about Mission Space
     
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    The information in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. More information will be added as I have time.
    Test Track
    Enter the hair-raising, heart-stopping world of auto testing on one of the longest, fastest rides in Disney history! Strap yourself in to race up bumpy terrain, roar through hair-pin turns, speed into freezing cold chambers, and rush on to 50-degree banked curves at 60 miles an hour.
    Location: Future World East
    For safety, Guests should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
    Height Requirement: 40" minimum
    Guests must transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the attraction/ride vehicle.
    Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
    This attraction has a separate sample vehicle intended to allow Guests to evaluate the ride vehicle and practice the transfer/boarding process if necessary. Please contact an attraction Cast Member for additional information.
    Assistive Listening devices which amplify the audio at this location are available at Guest Relations.
    Guest-activated captioning is available on selected video monitors at this location. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain an activator.


    LINKS:
    DIS site page about Test Track
     
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    The Seas with Nemo and Friends - Where's Nemo & Turtle Talk with Crush

    The information in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. More information will be added as I have time.

    The Seas with Nemo & Friends

    Dive below the waves and discover a magical world of water-filled wonder in one of the largest man-made ocean environments. The whole family will delight in finding Nemo and all his friends among the fascinating fish and other denizens of the deep! Marlin, Dory, Pearl, Gil, Bruce the shark and, of course, Nemo can all be seen in breathtaking underwater environments and interactive stations that provide fun and learning for everyone.
    Location: Future World West
    Guests may remain in wheelchair/ECV.
    Assistive Listening devices which amplify the audio at certain locations are available at Guest Relations.
    Guest-activated captioning is available on selected video monitors at this location. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain an activator.
    Handheld Captioning devices which display text for segments at this location are available at Guest Relations.

    Nemo

    Cruise out to sea in the clamobile! Greet all your Nemo pals as they swim amid the live marine life of the gigantic aquarium. Delve down into the deepest parts of the ocean in this fun-filled story where the majesty of nature meets whimsical Disney magic. Afterwards, chill out and spend some quality time in Turtle Talk with Crush.
    Location: The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion
    Guests must transfer from motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair to experience the attraction
    Handheld Captioning devices which display text for segments at this location are available at Guest Relations.

    Turtle Talk with Crush
    Yo, Dude, come check out this totally cool interactive show. Go under the sea and have a conversation with Crush in his digital underwater world. The 152-year-old sea turtle from the Disney presentation of Pixar's "Finding Nemo" chats, jokes and even recognizes Guests. This is a first-of-its-kind live, real-time animated show you have to see to believe. It's soooo awesome!
    Location: The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion
    Guests may remain in wheelchair/ECV.
    Assistive Listening devices which amplify the audio at this location are available at Guest Relations.


    LINKS:
    DIS site page about The Seas
     
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    The Land
    Link to DIS Site Information page about The Land.
    • Living with the Land
    • Soarin'
    • Circle of Life
    • Behind the Seeds Tour - is wheelchair and ECV accessible. Depending on your ECV, some turns may be tight.

    The information in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. More information will be added as I have time.

    Living with the Land
    Set sail on a voyage of discovery through living laboratories. Cruise through a tropical rain forest, the African desert and the American plains to discover the latest developments in aquaculture and desert farming. Float by experimental greenhouses and take a fascinating first-hand look at an aqua cell with alligators.
    Location: Future World West - The Land
    Guests must transfer from motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair.
    Handheld Captioning devices which display text for segments at this location are available at Guest Relations.

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    Soarin'
    Fly as you never dreamed possible, soaring over awe-inspiring scenic panoramas of California where this exhilarating, one-of-a-kind attraction debuted.
    Location: Inside the Land
    Height Requirement: 40" minimum
    Guests must transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the attraction/ride vehicle.
    Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
    Guest-activated captioning is available on selected video monitors at this location. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain an activator.

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    The Circle of Life
    Marvel at the wonders of nature in this delightful film that combines animation, live action and your favorite "Lion King" characters. Timon wants to open a non-ecological resort, but Pumbaa and Simba realize how important the different kinds of plants and animals are to the health of the planet. After all, they're part of the Circle of Life.
    Location: Future World West - The Land
    Guests may remain in wheelchair/ECV.
    Assistive Listening devices which amplify the audio at this location are available at Guest Relations.
    Reflective Captioning which projects captions onto an acrylic panel is available at this location. Guests should contact a host/hostess at this location.

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    LINKS:
    Living With the Land - you should see 2 pictures under the description of Living with the Land. If you don't, or if you want to see, download or print only the pictures, here are links for you.
    Picture 1 - Living with the Land #1
    Picture 2 - Living with the Land #2

    Soarin' - you should see 3 pictures under the description of Soarin'. If you don't, or if you want to see, download or print only the pictures, here are links for you. There are also some links to youtube video of the attraction.
    Picture 3 - Soarin #1
    Picture 4 - Soarin #2
    Picture 5 - Soarin #3
    DIS page about Soarin
    youtube video of Soarin' preshow, showing operation of seatbelt and the extra strap. Preshow recommends the extra strap for the 'smallest aviators', but I would recommend it for anyone needing extra security.
    youtube video of entire ride, including part of queue, preshow, boarding.

    Circle of Life - you should see 2 pictures under the description of Circle of Life. If you don't, or if you want to see, download or print only the pictures, here are links for you.
    Picture 6 - Circle of Life

    DIS page about The Land
     
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  18. SueM in MN

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    Imagination
    The text in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. I will add more information as I have time.

    Journey Into Imagination With Figment
    Take a rollicking ride through the Imagination Institute, where that playful purple dragon Figment really puts you to the test! Climb all aboard a train of thought in the Sound Lab. Use your Common Scents in the Smell Lab. Watch your world turn upside down in Figment's house. There's no journey like the Journey into Imagination!
    Location: Future World West - Imagination!
    Guests may remain in wheelchair/ECV.
    Handheld Captioning devices which display text for segments at this location are available at Guest Relations.

    There is one scent on this ride. You will have plenty of warning ahead of time to prepare. I don't like the particular scent, so I take a deep breath before it is coming. To avoid spoilers, I will write it in white. Just click on your mouse and run your cursor over it; you will be able to read it.
    Figment has a machine like a gambling machine where you win if all 3 pictures match. You 'win' skunk scent and have time to prepare between when the skunk pictures appear and the odor starts.
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    ImageWorks: The Kodak "What If" Labs
    Let your imagination run wild in this incredible interactive playground! Wave your arms and move your body to create magical music, videotape your image and play it back in super slow motion, make up a symphony by jumping on stones, transform yourself into an animal and e-mail the photo to friends, and much more.
    Location: Future World West - Imagination!
    Guests may remain in wheelchair/ECV.

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    Honey, I Shrunk The Audience
    Professor Wayne Szalinski is at it again and this time you're the one who gets shrunk. This interactive adventure goes beyond 3-D with incredible special effects and awesome surprises. Be ready to make nice to mice, face the fangs of a python and duck when a dog has a very itchy nose. You might feel small, but your laughs will be big!
    Location: Future World West - Imagination!
    This attraction may be frightening for children.
    Guests may remain in wheelchair/ECV.
    Due to the nature of the experience, Guests with service animals should check with a host/hostess for attraction and boarding information.
    Assistive Listening devices which amplify the audio at this location are available at Guest Relations.
    Reflective Captioning which projects captions onto an acrylic panel is available at this location. Guests should contact a host/hostess at this location.
    Guest-activated captioning is available on selected video monitors at this location. Please visit Guest Relations to obtain an activator.


    LINKS: - you should see 1 picture under the ride and 1 under the description of Imageworks. If you don't, or if you want to see, download or print the only pictures, here are links for you. There are also links to some information pages about the Imagination attractions.
    Picture 1, Journey into Imagination
    Picture 2, ImageWorks
    DIS page about Imagination
    DIS page about Honey I Shrunk the Audience
     
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    The information in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities/ More information will be added as I have time.
    Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

    Experience the sights and sounds of Mexico on the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. Take a delightful boat ride and follow the adventures of Donald Duck, José Carioca and Panchito from the Disney film "The Three Caballeros." This fun-filled journey showcases the people, culture, history and arts of Mexico and is enjoyable for all ages.
    Location: World Showcase - Mexico
    Guests must transfer from motorized scooter or ECV to an available wheelchair.
    Handheld Captioning devices which display text for segments at this location are available at Guest Relations.


    LINKS:
    DIS page about Mexico, including a youtube video
     
  21. SueM in MN

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    Maelstrom & Viking Boat Play area

    The information in italics is from the WDW Guidebook for Guests with Disabilities. More information will be added as I have time.

    Maelstrom
    Tricky trolls are out to befuddle you as you explore the heritage of Norway in this adventure-packed boat ride. Watch for polar bears and pirates and hold on tight as you plummet backwards into the stormy North Sea! The spirit of adventure is always alive on Maelstrom.
    Location: World Showcase - Norway
    Guests must transfer from their wheelchair/ECV to the attraction/ride vehicle.
    Assistive Listening devices which amplify the audio at this location are available at Guest Relations.
    Reflective Captioning which projects captions onto an acrylic panel is available at this location. Guests should contact a host/hostess at this location.
    Handheld Captioning devices which display text for segments at this location are available at Guest Relations.


    LINKS:
    DIS page about Norway
     
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