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Accessing theme parks for those with disabilities
|Tony Phoenix and Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editors|
Disney's California Adventure > Paradise Pier
Enter through the standard queue or through the FastPass line. At the point where these two lines join, you will pass through the marked gate. Contact a cast member for boarding instructions.
Every green coaster train is equipped with a special transfer seat, making transferring from a wheel chair very simple.
Enter through the standard queue to the marked gate, then use the elevator to reach the upper loading platform. A cast member will direct you to the appropriate ride vehicle. The transfer can be a bit awkward.
Enter the attraction through the standard queue.
King Triton's Carousel
Look for the marked gate near the ride operator. Do not go into the main queue past the ride operators control panel.
Wheelchairs can transfer to the Carousel via a ramp and platform. One of the bench seats raise, allowing you to back a chair in. Chair tiedowns are available if desired, though they really aren't required if you have decent brakes. Guests using ECVs will need to transfer to a standard wheelchair.
Enter the attraction through the standard queue. A cast member will direct you for boarding. You may want to avoid this ride if you are claustrophobic because of the scream shield.
When this ride was in operation, there were several logistical problems. Once it reopens, we will reevaluate its accessibility and provide updated information.
The queue is accessible to the stairs. Use the elevator to the right to reach the loading platform.
About half of the attraction area is accessible to wheelchairs. The ground is covered in a thick cork-like material that can be difficult to move wheelchairs through.
The gondolas have a capacity of 3 + a wheelchair, rather than the normal 6. The fixed gondolas are relatively sedate and service animals can accompany you.
The free moving ones however, move quite a bit. Taking a wheelchair on one of these is not recommended. Though you can take your chair with you, you will be much better off transferring to a regular seat. Service animals are not permitted on the moving gondolas.
All of the games are accessible. The Dolphin Derby has one position where the seat can be removed, allowing a wheelchair to reach the controls.
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