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Accessing theme parks for those with disabilities
|Tony Phoenix and Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editors|
Disney's California Adventure > Golden State
Bountiful Valley Farm
This is a walk through exhibit area. The exhibits are all easily accessible.
Dispersed seating is located in the front and back rows. Enter the theater through the doors at the far left or far right for those seats.
Both ALS and reflective captioning are available.
Seasons of the Vine
Enter through the standard queue. Seating is on the ends of the benches inside the theater. Reflective captioning is available.
Grizzly River Run
Enter through the standard queue. Be on the look out for a gate on your right hand side that displays the wheelchair logo. Proceed through the gate down to the loading area. You may need to get a cast members attention once you arrive at the loading station.
Unlike the raft rides found at Magic Mountain or Knott's Berry Farm, the boarding here is easy, convenient, and fast. Disney adopted a method of boarding similar to Test Track in Epcot Center.
A raft is pulled off to the side of the main attraction channel and you are given all the time you need to board, without needing to rush or delaying the standard queue.
The dock is designed in a way that reduces the amount of raft you have to step over to board. The inflated "tube" slides under the dock lip, placing the boarding cutout right next to you. It is even possible, with a little work, to do a straight transfer to the step and then to the seat, without having to stand.
"It's Tough to be a Bug!"
Enter the attraction through the standard queue.
There is an important warning for guests with nervous-system problems or people with sensitive backs. If this doesn't apply to you or you don't want to have a special effect spoiled for you, skip this next paragraph:
ALS and Reflective Captioning are offered here.
Mission Tortilla Factory
The queue is accessible and most of the exhibit is readily visible from a wheelchair.
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
Enter though the gate at the entrance. There is a marked wheelchair-accessible path at ground level, and ramps to some of the second-story areas.
There is even a ramp that allows you to ford a stream as other guests cross using rocks.
Ahwahnee Camp Circle
The two lower levels of seating are accessible. Those using wheelchairs can only access the circle from the lower section of the Challenge area.
Soarin' Over California
Enter through the standard queue. The ramps down to the loading area are a bit steep. The line will frequently stop in the middle of the ramp, makicle is straight forward. However, if you have difficulty holding yourself upright, you may want to pass on this ride. The only restraint is a single lap-belt.
The Boudin Bakery
The queue is accessible and most of the exhibit is readily visible from a wheelchair. Cast members do not always assist in crowd control, so be aware that you may be end up trying to see the exhibits through the people in front of you.
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