A review and a letter

Discussion in 'disABILITIES!' started by Inthefastlane, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. ladyjubilee

    ladyjubilee Mouseketeer

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    I appreciated your letter, but it does highlight the different needs we all have. Disney was one of the few places we could ride rides when my son was little. He just could not handle the transition of rides with a definite start and stop. The first trip to Disney, I figured we'd go to the park, ride a ride, then be back at tge pool in an hour. But the first time we tried the moving walk way on the Peoplemover and got to ride off...magic. Even now, we start our trip at Magic Kingdom, the first ride is either Peoplemover or Mermaid. That soft transition just works for him. Now we can go rope drop to close, and even have season passes at a local park (though we don't really ride anything). So for our family, I like that there are a variety of ride types. I too really appreciate the staff at Toy Story Mania. We get to go to the accessible line and they are always so patient as I struggle to get my son off the ride.
     
  2. DisneyOma

    DisneyOma DIS Veteran

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    Yes, and it has accessible boarding - not all attractions have to be made to handle all disabilities (because that would be impossible unless all rides were pretty bland) and Navi has the step-thingy to aid in transfers. Since it is pretty much a bland ride (no drops, dips, sharp turns) it could have been designed with a wider, deeper waterway to handle a bigger boat, but not sure how that would fit in the ambiance they were trying to vreate.
     
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  4. arminnie

    arminnie <font color=blue>Tossed the butter kept the gin<br

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    I agree that not all attractions have to be made to handle all disabilities. Not all rides have to be able to take a chair. That step thing will most likely allow me to board. It's the "unboarding" that will be problematic. There's no way I am going to be able to get out of that low boat. I'm debating just riding it once and seeing what will happen when I cannot get back out.

    Many individuals who can walk just fine cannot step up out of a low boat. Stepping down is much easier than stepping up for most folks.
     
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  5. cmwade77

    cmwade77 DIS Veteran

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    It wouldn't be hard to make one boat that can at least accommodate a wheelchair, unfortunately due to the size of the boats the person in the wheelchair may be riding alone, but it could be done, even with the boats at their current size.

    I also take issue with FOP for not thinking about this need as well, it definitely could have been done easily and they could have made a few seats for larger guests as well.
     
  6. DisneyOma

    DisneyOma DIS Veteran

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    How would they compensate for the higher center of gravity?
     
  7. DisneyOma

    DisneyOma DIS Veteran

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    That's why we always ride with my mom in the middle where possible - one to pull her up, one to push her butt! When that isn't possible, we have her sit on the exit side (and that's fun, trying to remember which side is the exit side on each attraction) and then one of us gets out, and that's the person who pulls and the one next to her in the ride vehicle gets the butt :)
     
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