Accessible Attractions | Studio Backlot Tour

Studio Backlot Tour

UPDATE: Unfortunately this attraction no longer operates. But at least we have Star Wars Land to look forward to. 🙂
The Studio Backlot Tour isn’t what it used to be (I miss you Golden Girls house) but it’s still a good way to spend some time while you are waiting for your Toy Story Mania FastPass+ window. It’s also an attraction that you can stay in your wheelchair to experience which makes it great if you need a break from transferring in and out of your wheelchair.

Queue

The first part of the queue is a long ramp. The ramp on the far right is the only one that is wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs. I would recommend talking to the Cast Member outside of the entrance to find out how long the wait is going to be in that area. There is a pre-show video so if you time it right you don’t have to spend too much time in the incline.

Once you make it though the first part of the queue you line up to see a live effects demonstration. The wheelchair line is the front so you will able to see everything in the Harbor Attack! show and it’s nice and flat. It’s also the splash zone so if you don’t want to get wet don’t sit too close to the railing.

Studio Backlot Tour

Once the live effects portion of the tour is over you head through the props department to the trams for the last portion of the tour. You have to step up to get to the seats but each tram has an area for a wheelchair in the front. Just let the Cast Members know you would like to stay in your wheelchair.

Studio Backlot Tour

Ride Vehicle

There is a ramp that will take you up to the tram and one on the tram itself. There is enough space for you to roll onto the tram and then back into the wheelchair spot. There is also enough room for a couple of people in your party to sit in front or they can sit in the row directly behind you.

Studio Backlot Tour

Studio Backlot Tour

A Cast Member will then strap your wheelchair in and once everyone is loaded the side of the tram will come down. The tour itself is smooth, even the visit to Catastrophe Canyon. I felt secure and my wheelchair stayed in place.

Studio Backlot Tour

Once the tour is over there is another ramp at the exit just like the one at the loading area. If you are able to step up into the tram and left your wheelchair at the beginning of the tour it will be at the exit waiting on you.

Studio Backlot Tour

You end your tour at the American Film Institute Showcase. The current exhibit is The Best in Film: AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies and features props from films like Superman and Lord of the Rings.

Studio Backlot Tour

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