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Accessing theme parks for those with disabilities
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Tony Phoenix and Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editors

Disneyland > Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad [Guest must transfer to ride system.] [Service dogs may not join guest on this ride.] [This ride has health restrictions.]

Go to the exit of the ride. Go down either exit ramp (if only one side is operating, the gate will be closed on the other side ö making the decision of which direction easy!) The exit routes are narrow and extremely steep, so be careful of other guests. A cast member will direct you where to go.

Mark Twain Riverboat [Guest may remain in wheelchair.]

Proceed to the exit gate to the left of the entrance. If it is sunny, and you have a long wait, go through the entrance gate just to the right of the turnstile. You may have to fight your way through a few strollers to get there. Generally, you will board before everyone else. For those who wonder why, when the Mark Twain is fully loaded, the deck will drop 4-6 inches. You can imagine the fun this causes when trying to load a wheelchair. As a result, expect to load first and offload last.

Sailing Ship Columbia [Guest must be able to walk.]

This is not wheelchair accessible and requires you to climb a steep set of approximately 12 10-inch steps to board and unload.

Rafts to Tom Sawyers Island [Guest must be able to walk.] [Guest may remain in wheelchair.]

Go through the exit gate and wait for a cast memberās instructions. The rafts are wheelchair accessible. The island however is not officially accessible. With a strong person pushing and a brave person in the chair, you can visit much of the island· if you dare! Be warned that the paths can be very steep and treacherous - so exercise extreme caution if you decide to brave it. The restrooms on the island are NOT accessible.

Shooting Gallery [Guest may remain in wheelchair.]

Wheelchair accessible positions are found on the far left of the gallery.

Golden Horseshoe Review [Guest may remain in wheelchair.]

Assistive-listening is available here. There is no reserved disabled seating for the shows here — it is first come, first served. The balcony is only accessible via a flight of stairs.

The current setup for the queue requires guests to line up in the street next to the boardwalk. This poses a problem in that there is no ramp on to the boardwalk from the queue area, and there is a 4-inch lip to get onto it. Check with the cast member attending the line what you should do on a given day.




Getting Around


Main Street USA


New Orleans Square

Critter Country






[Guest may remain in wheelchair.]

Guest may remain in wheelchair

[Guest must transfer to ride system.]

Guest must transfer to ride system

[Guest must be able to walk.]

Guest must be able to walk

[Assistive listening device available.]

Assistive listening device available

[Reflective captioning available.]

Reflective captioning available

[Service dogs may not join guest on this ride.]

Service dogs may not join guest on this ride

[This ride has health restrictions.]

This ride has health restrictions

[Closed-Captioning available.]

Closed-Captioning available


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