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Wheelchair Accessibility at the Disney Parks

The Disney Parks are a great place to visit if you are a wheelchair user. Many of the attractions have wheelchair accessible ride vehicles so you don’t have to transfer out your wheelchair at several attractions. And those that don’t sometimes have a way to make that transfer a little easier. Before we get to our attraction guides, here is some basic information about the Disney Parks wheelchair users will want to know.


Disney’s Disability Access Card

One thing is the same at both, if the only accommodation you need is wheelchair or scooter access you do not need to stop by guest services to get a Disability Access Card (DAS). My wheelchair is all I need an accommodation for so we never stop by to get one. But we are still given a return time if we stop by certain attractions when they are busy and we don’t have a FastPass.

If you are using a wheelchair or scooter and you need additional accommodations make sure to stop by and talk to a Cast Member to see if you do. You can also look over the official FAQ fro Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World for more information.


Guide Maps

There are special guide maps for guests with disabilities at each park. Make sure to pick one up not only to see which attractions have an alternate entrance but also which attractions require you to transfer and to see where companion restrooms are located. Walt Disney World has them at the entrance of each park. The last time we were at Disneyland they still required you to stop by guest relations to ask for one. You can also look them over online.


Alternate Entrances for Guests in Wheelchairs

There are a few attractions that have an alternate entrance for guests using wheelchairs. Each one is listed on the guide maps. There are far fewer of these types of attractions at all Walt Disney World parks and Disney California Adventure. Disneyland is a different story which is why the DAS and return times are important. The biggest advice I have is to get to Disneyland EARLY. On both of our trips we entered Disneyland right at opening and headed straight to Fantasyland. Since it’s usually less crowded in the mornings we were able to ride everything without getting a return time. If you visit when it’s busy expect to get a return time at pretty much every attraction. Early arrival means less of a wait for everyone.

Big Thunder Mountain Wheelchair Access

 


FastPass+ at Walt Disney World

Since there are attractions with an alternate entrance that are also FastPass attractions, you can take that into account when you are planning a trip. This is especially true at FastPass+ attractions at Walt Disney World since FastPass+ is utilized pretty much everywhere. I wouldn’t use a FastPass+ selection on Big Thunder Mountain because they are going to send me to the alternate entrance anyway. If the wait time is low a Cast Member will send you straight through to the loading area. If not you’ll get a return time that is basically the same as a FastPass. But for something like Toy Story Mania or Kilimanjaro Safaris where you enter the standard queue but load in a separate area a FastPass+ return time is useful.


FASTPASS at Disneyland

There are far fewer attractions at Disneyland Resort that utilize the FastPass service and but there are more attractions in Disneyland that use an alternate entrance. Disneyland Daily has a good post with the basics of the FastPass system. You can’t have a lot of FastPasses at once (there is a time printed on the FastPass to let you know when you can pull another) so there is some planning required. Disneyland has a lot of alternate entrances so you will need to decided which attractions you should grab a FastPass for and which ones to get a return time. Since there are fewer attractions offering FastPasses you should utilize them when you can to minimize your wait. You won’t have any issues at Disney California Adventure. Grab a FastPass for whatever attraction you can. Especially for Radiator Springs Racers.

UPDATE: Disneyland has started using digital FastPasses. We haven’t been since the change but if you check out the post from Disneyland Daily she has the details.


Attraction Access Categories

Each attraction is put into a category to help you understand the physical requirements.

  • Must Be Ambulatory – Basically walking is necessary. This usually means it’s older and/or stairs are required. There are a few attractions like the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through that offer an alternative experience.
  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV – My favorite. 🙂 It means no transfer is required.
  • Transfer from ECV to Wheelchair – If you are using a manual wheelchair you are not required to do anything. Electric wheelchairs are usually okay too depending on size. But if you are in an ECV you must transfer to an available wheelchair since it will not fit on the attraction’s ride vehicle. There are also a few attractions that require a transfer from the ECV to get through the queue.
  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV – Once you get to the attraction you’ll have to transfer to the ride vehicle. Many attractions have special transfer access vehicles that make getting in and out a lot easier.

Accessible Attractions | Kilimanjaro Safari - Rolling with the Magic


Wheelchair Accessible Attraction Guides

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom has always been one of our favorite parks. And luckily it just keeps getting better! New nighttime experiences have been added as well as Pandora – The World of Avatar. While we were initially skeptical, Pandora is visually stunning. And while the accessibility of the new attractions aren’t perfect, we think Avatar Flight of Passage is pretty awesome.

Pandora - The World of Avatar

May Remain in Wheelchair

Transfer Required


Epcot

May Remain in Wheelchair

Transfer Required


Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Accessible Attractions | Toy Story Mania | Rolling with the Magic

May Remain in Wheelchair

Transfer Required


Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom continue’s to be Walt Disney World’s most popular park. It also has the most attractions to experience. However, since it is also the oldest there are a few challenges for wheelchair users. Some attractions have alternative entrances and others require you to be ambulatory. But there are a few classics that have been updated. Luckily, newer attractions are more wheelchair friendly and several allow you to stay in your wheelchair.

May Remain in Wheelchair

Transfer Required

Must Be Ambulatory

  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Tom Sawyer Island

Other Walt Disney World Attractions


Walt Disney World Transportation


Disneyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle

May Remain in Wheelchair

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – Must Transfer from ECV
  • Disneyland Monorail
  • The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage – Alternate Experience
  • Frontierland Shootin’ Expostition
  • “it’s a small world” – Must Transfer from ECV
  • Jungle Cruise
  • King Arthur Carousel
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Must Transfer from ECV
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough – Alternate Experience

Transfer Required

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Astro Orbitor
  • Autotopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

Disney California Adventure

World of Color

View from the Grand Californian’s sixth floor deck.

May Remain in Wheelchair

  • Games of the Boardwalk
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
  • King Triton’s Carousel
  • The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – Must Transfer from ECV
  • Mickey’s Fun Wheel – Must Transfer from ECV
  • Monster’s Inc, Mike & Sulley to the the Rescue! – Must Transfer from ECV
  • Red Car Trolley – Must Transfer from ECV
  • Toy Story Midway Mania! – Must Transfer from ECV
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Transfer Required

  • California Screamin’
  • Flik’s Flyers
  • Francis’ Ladybug Boogie
  • Golden Zephyr
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies

We are always updating our attraction guide so make sure to stop by again for updated information.

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