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Accessing theme parks for those with disabilities
|Tony Phoenix and Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editors|
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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
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
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
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
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.
Wheelchair accessible positions are found on the far left of the gallery.
Golden Horseshoe Review
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.
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