Gimping around Disneyland


I’ve been to Disneyland a few of time since I’ve had my mobility issues; and I think I’m starting get down how it all works.  The Disneyland website offers a lot of information about their DAS Program (Disability Access Service) including maps that list access options to the ride.

I thought it might be helpful to some folks that might be going through the experience the first time to put all the info into one place and to give some notes on my personal experiences on the rides.

If you have an ambulatory issue that isn’t as visually evident, which mine can be at times because I don’t wear a large brace, you might want to take the time to stop by City Hall to get registered with the DAS Program.  It’s a good idea to take some information with you about your mobility issues; it could be a note from your doctor, or perhaps a handicapped parking pass.  You’ll also want the people who are with you to come along, they will link all your tickets together so you don’t have to keep getting everything validated at each ride.  Also, the registration will be valid for the length of your tickets, even if they are for multiple days and both parks.

If your issues involve you being in a wheelchair or an ECV you don’t need to take the time to set up the DAS, unless you want to.

Many of the rides in Disneyland will give you a return time instead of making you wait in line.  These work a lot like a FastPass.  They give you return time, until that return time you can still enjoy the park.  Ride other rides, grab some food, or meet characters, all that good stuff!  You can only have one Return Time on your ticket at a time, but once you use it, you can get another.

This system works separate than FastPasses, so you are able to have a FastPass and a Return Time concurrently.

Sometimes you are just ushered directly onto the ride, usually this is if the wait time is 15 minutes.  I find that even if the line is short, the courteous thing to do is ask for a return time.  Politeness matters in life, and at Disney! (Also, cute.  Cute matters.)

With all that being said, let’s jump into the particulars.  The note sections below contain some of my personal observations.  And at the very bottom of the page is a quick reference guide.

Hope you find this all useful, and have a great time gimping around Disneyland.

Main Street USA

Disneyland Railroad

  • Must Be Ambulatory
  • Notes: The station on Main Street doesn’t have a ramp, so you’ll need to be able to climb the stairs if that is where you want to board. However, at the remainder of the stops (ToonTown, New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland) you enter through the exit, stopping at the yellow line until a cast member can assist you.  There is limited space on the last car for ECV’s and wheelchairs

Main Street Vehicles

  • Must Transfer from wheelchair or ECV

 

Adventureland

Enchanted Tiki Room

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Go through main entrance,
  • Notes: The ramp is to the right of the stairs, and a cast member will tell you where you sit.

Indian Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye

  • Must Transfer from wheelchair or ECV
  • Enter through exit
  • Notes: This ride offers a return times. You’ll find the cast member near the left side of the path leading to the ride.  Once you come back for your return time, you’ll enter through the exit until the white line (and a cast member) tells you to stop.  Here you will integrate with the regular line near where the safety video is being played.  Once you get close to the loading area you will be asked to leave your chair/scooter and take an elevator to the other loading platform.  You’ll need to take the elevator up to level two, walk down a short hall, and take a second elevator back down to level one, where you’ll be loaded.  If you survive the temple, your chair will parked in the exit for you.

Jungle Cruise

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV or Transfer from wheelchair or ECV
  • Enter through the exit
  • Notes: They do have a boat with a ramp so that passengers can stay in their chairs if they would like to. You can also leave your chair/scooter on the dock, and they will be parked under cover when you return.  You’ll load into the boat at the exit, and then will ride with the skipper to the area where they load the rest of the passengers.

Tarzan’s Treehouse

  • Must Be Ambulatory

 

New Orleans Square

Pirates of the Caribbean

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the exit
  • Notes: The exit to this ride just to the left of the Blue Bayou restaurant. If the ride has a long wait you may be issued a return time.  You can take your wheelchair/scooter all the way into the ride, staying to the left hand side of the path.  A cast member will let you onto the loading dock, and ask you to park your chair.  Once you’re done with the ride, your chair will be parked on the dock for you.

Haunted Mansion

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Notes: You can get your return time from a cart set up near the exit of the ride (on the right hand side). Not only will they scan your ticket, but they will also give you a paper ticket as well.  You can either return near the same cart, if you are able to walk up the steps, or at the FastPass entrance if you need to be on your scooter/wheelchair a bit longer. Keep in mind that you will have to stand and walk for a few minutes in the Stretching Room and to get onto the Doom Buggy, as well as be able to stand to exit.

 

Critter Country

Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Notes: You’ll need to be able to walk down a few steps, and keep your balance when stepping in and out of the canoe.

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Must Be Ambulatory or May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through regular queue
  • Notes: I’ve never seen the line more than five minutes on this ride, so I’ve always just parked my scooter and walked on. According to the Disneyland website, if you want to ride in a standard hive, you’ll need to be able to transfer; if you want to stay in your chair, you can request a special hive that allows you to drive on.  Either way, you enter the ride through the regular line.

Splash Mountain

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through exit
  • Notes: You can get a return time for the ride, if the wait is long. Other than that, enter through the exit and wait for a cast member to instruct you on boarding.  You can leave your chair/scooter on the exit loading platform.

 

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through exit
  • Notes: You can get a return time for this ride, just go to the cast member working the exit. They will probably ask you a couple of questions to make sure you can transfer in the time allotted, and that if the ride breaks down you’d be able to make your way out but climbing stairs and walking.  Once you’ve returned, you can park your chair/scooter by the exit and walk in.  If you need to take your chair/scooter further to the loading platform, just ask a cast member.  If you did walk into the ride, be aware there will be a couple of steps to exit again.  Big Thunder cast members have consistently been the kindest cast members I’ve worked with!

Mark Twain River Boat

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV

Sailing Ship Columbia

  • Must Be Ambulatory
  • Enter through the gate to the right of the turnstile, or regular gate.
  • Note: There are steep stairs to get on and off the boat.

Fantasyland

Alice in Wonderland

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the exit.
  • Notes: I’ve used return times on this ride before. There should be someone at the exit to help you, but if not I was told just to go through the gate to the cast member will help you get on the ride.  Easy enough!

Casey Jr. Circus Train

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the exit.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the standard queue

It’s a Small World

  • Must Transfer to Wheelchair
  • Enter through the standard queue
  • Notes: You can’t take your scooter onto this one. If you can’t walk through the line, then you’ll need to ask to borrow a wheelchair.  Last time I went, they didn’t have anyone working the exit, so I ended up taking my scooter down, not knowing I shouldn’t.  There was room to leave it, but I had to turn it around in a very small area in order to get it back up the ramp.  It is definitely not make for ECV’s!

King Author Carrousel

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV or Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the entrance to the left of the standard queue.

Mad Tea Party

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the exit.

Matterhorn Bobsleds

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the standard queue.
  • Notes: You can wait in the normal line, when you get close to the building they’ll pull you out of line and take up a ramp. You can leave your wheelchair/ECV parked there for when you get off the ride.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the access gate on the right side of the entrance.

Peter Pan’s Flight

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through exit
  • Notes: This ride does offer a return times, thank goodness! I’ve found it best to come to this ride first for the return time, and then if time allows catch other rides in Fantasyland while you wait.  You’ll ask the cast member manning the line for a return time.  For me, when I’ve come back to ride I’ve been asked to go in the exit and stand by the white line until the cast member calls you forward.  The only problem with this is that I have stood waiting for more than ten minutes before.  For my particular issues, standing still actually hurts more than walking so I can get fatigued.  If you’re in the same boat, you can ask for a “transfer access vehicle” which I’m pretty sure is a just a wheelchair.  But it could save ya some pain.

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through exit

Snow White’s Scary Adventures

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through exit

Storybook Land Canal Boats

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through exit
  • Notes: You’ll have steps to deal with getting on and off this ride.

Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough

  • Must Be Ambulatory or May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Notes: The regular walk through requires lots of steps and narrow passages. In 2008 they opened an ADA accessible area which is located just on the ground floor and shows the story on LED screens.  You won’t get the classic walkthrough, but a roll through ain’t half bad.

 

Tomorrowland

Astro Orbiter

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Standard wheelchairs enter through standard queue.
  • ECV’s enter through exit.

Autopia

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through standard queue
  • Proceed around tower to elevator.

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

  • Must Transfer to Wheelchair
  • Enter through standard queue
  • Notes: You’ll be instructed to go through a blue door by one of the cast members.  If you’re by yourself you’ll probably need help opening the door.

Finding Nemo Submarine

  • Must Be Ambulatory or May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through standard queue.
  • Notes: If you want to go on the actual submarine you’ll need to be able to walk steep steps into the sub. If that doesn’t work for you, there is an accessible experience in a room with screens; kind of like the Sleeping Beauty walkthrough.

Monorail

  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the standard queue
  • Notes: The cast members will direct you to the car equipped for wheelchairs/ECV. If you’re making the full trip and want to leave your chair/scooter on the loading platform they do allow that.

Space Mountain

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through the exit
  • Notes: You can get a return time for this ride. You can either leave your wheelchair/scooter parked at the top of the exit or take it all the way to the loading dock.  Space Mountain has a special car set to the side for those with disabilities.  You may end up waiting a few extra minutes as they try to fill up the cart.

Star Tours

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through standard queue
  • Notes: They will eventually pull you out of the line and ask you to park your wheelchair/scooter off to the side. Then you’ll take an elevator up to the loading area.  They will always put you in the front row closes to the entrance of the ride, you may have to spend a few minutes waiting for that spot to open up.  After the ride is done, you’ll exit through the entrance again and take the elevator back down to where you parked your wheelchair/scooter.

 

ToonTown

Gadget’s Go Coaster

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through exit

Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin

  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
  • Enter through FastPass Queue
  • Notes: I have actually taken a scooter all the way through the line.  Don’t do it!  There is a killer corner that you can’t get around without doing a five point turn.

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