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Accessing theme parks for those with disabilities
|Tony Phoenix and Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, editors|
Disneyland Shows & Parades
There are several designated disabled viewing areas along the parade route. These are marked on the map below with a "P" in a blue box. Click on the map to see a larger version. If you are ambulatory disabled who cannot sit on the ground or stand for periods of time, ask the cast member at the disabled section for a chair to sit on. The cast member may not be aware that they can provide a chair (most do know), so if they give you grief, continue to insist. You can always ask to speak with their manager if it becomes a problem. Do not let them tell you no!
This is probably the most abysmal situation in the park for guests with disabilities. The designated seating is on the far edge of the viewing area, and as a result, you miss several parts of the show. (I will not go into details as to what is missed here so as not to spoil it for those who have not seen it. Those who want details can e-mail me for more information). In addition to missing several parts, half of the section is functionally unusable for people in wheelchairs, as trees, lights, and the Keelboats sign block the view. My suggestion for this show is to fight the crowds and sit in the lower viewing areas, dead center. See our Disneyland Information Guide (D-I-G) for more details on where to sit. If you can sit on the ground, do so. If not, position your chair at the rear of the area, right in front of the ropes. The view is great from here, as everyone in front of you is seated and you are not blocking anyone else's view.
You can read more about the problems with Fantasmic! in the Horror Stories/Hall of Shame section.
The Fantasyland Theater has two accessible seating areas. They are on the extreme sides of the theater (left and right) about half way back - unfortunately, these are not the best sightlines. If you wish to sit anywhere else in the theater, you must transfer out of your wheelchair.
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