Are separate handicap entrances left?

Discussion in 'disABILITIES!' started by 3DisneyBuggs, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. 3DisneyBuggs

    3DisneyBuggs <font color=teal>The only way I would fly is if Jo

    Sep 29, 2005
    I usually get a DAS for invisible disability but this trip I will most likely need a wheelchair or if brave an ecv. Do I still need the DAs or is there a handicap entrance. I dont mind waiting just not in a large crowded line.
  2. Betty Rohrer

    Betty Rohrer DIS Veteran

    May 19, 2010
    for most rides wheelchairs/ECVs use the same line as people walking no separate entrance
  3. mamabunny

    mamabunny DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2012
    Pretty sure that none of us like waiting in a large, crowded line... But, as @Betty Rohrer said above, almost all of the lines are "mainstreamed" now.

    Successful strategies to cope with lines typically revolve around the "bubble" concept: If you are in a wheelchair or ECV, you lead your group into the queue, and create a "bubble" in front of you to make a small amount of space, and then the rest of your group can form a buffer behind you as well. Don't be that person that tries to create a HUGE space - while no one likes being crammed together, it can cause frustration in those behind you to see a giant gap forming for what they think is no reason other than you not paying attention and moving forward. Everyone wants to get on the ride, right? :)

    Remember that DAS is often not given when the Guest is best served by a mobility device, so don't be surprised if you ask and are denied, unless you have some other reason why you can't wait in line.
  4. Starwind

    Starwind DIS Veteran

    May 7, 2014
    For me, using a ECV (mostly) solves my "getting around the park without too much significant pain and impairing/incapacitating mobility issues" problem. But it does NOT solve my "need to wait somewhere other than the standby line" problems. So even though I use an ECV, I still get a DAS.

    A tip I was given soon after DAS first came out, which I have used each time I have gone to get a DAS [can't confirm if it is actually necessary or not]: sometimes the CMs will "tunnel vision" on the guest's ECV and not actually "hear" the non-mobility needs that justify a DAS, and then they refuse a DAS. Since I can walk [just not longer distances like at WDW], I park my ECV near guest services and walk in to request the DAS. That way the focus is on the explanation of needs I am giving.

    OP, you will have to decide if the ECV, especially using things like the bubble trick mamabunny suggested, resolves enough of the reasons you need the DAS for. If it does, great, no DAS needed. If not, then have the conversation with guest services to request the DAS and see what they say. If they bring up that you have an ECV, be prepared to clearly articulate how it helps with some needs but these other needs it still does not help with, etc.

    abinormal, kaytieeldr, AnneE and 2 others like this.
  5. WantToGoNow

    WantToGoNow DIS Veteran

    Sep 27, 2005
    Go get your DAS and rent your ECV. You can get thecreturn times and dricevthe ECB to the boarding area.

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