The Seas with Nemo & Friends

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 that is the same at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort, 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.

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 RESORT

We have only been to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure a couple of times so our knowledge of the park and the FastPass system is limited. I highly recommend heading over to Disneyland Daily for more information. Casey has an extremely detailed post that will give you a great overview of the FastPass system and MaxPass.

One thing to keep in mind is that there are more attractions in Disneyland that use an alternate entrance because of the parks age. Since there are 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 using Disability Access Card (DAS). You won’t have any issues at Disney California Adventure. Grab a FastPass for whatever attraction you can. Especially for Radiator Springs Racers.

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

The Basics in Our Accessibile Attraction Posts

I know I've given you a lot of information already but I want you to have everything you need when you are planning your vacation. We cover what we call the basics in each of our accessible attraction posts. Below is a brief explanation of what each category means.

Location

What park the attraction is located in.

Height Requirement

Many attractions have a minimum height for kids that want to ride the attraction. If there is one we let you know what that is.

Alternate Entrance

Most attractions allow wheelchair users to use both the standard and FastPass queues. But there are a few older ones where parts of the queue are not accessible. This typically requires wheelchair users to enter through the exit.

FastPass

Most attractions are a part of the FastPass system but we let you know just in case.

Attraction Access Categories

These categories come directly from Disney. They let you know if a transfer is required

Transfer Rating

This is a rating system we have come up with based on our experiences in the parks. I have good upper body strength, dexterity, and torso control. I cannot stand or walk short distances. When I do need assistance, my husband is the one who helps. Cast Members are not allowed to help get in or out of a ride vehicle. (They can however help you navigate your wheelchair in and out on ones where you don't have to transfer.)

Attraction Transfer Ratings

Transfer Device

Some attractions have a device that help wheelchair users board the ride vehicle.

 

 


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

We have only been to Disneyland twice but I wanted to give as much info as I can. Below are the attraction categories. We have posts on a few and I am working on completing more.

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 Pixar Pier
  • Jessie's Critter 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

  • Incredicoaster
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!
  • Jumpin' Jellyfish
  • Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters
  • Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Soarin' Around the World

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

Wheelchair Accessibility at the Disney Parks - Rolling with the Magic

14 Comments

  1. […] Parks […]

    • Connie Caudill on July 4, 2019 at 2:16 am

      I’ve decided this year to use a wheelchair or a ECV. I have several disabilities, with the main one being Multiple Sclerosis. Which would you recommend? How much are they? And, what happens to them when you are on a ride? What’s to keep someone else from taking them? Thanks for your help.

      • Melissa on July 5, 2019 at 3:13 pm

        Hi Connie! I’d love to help you with all of this. It’s a lot of info to share so if you could send me an email at rollingwiththemagic@gmail.com, I can go into a lot more detail. But the short answer is both wheelchair and ECV rentals have their pros and cons. It really just depends on if you will have someone to help you with the manual wheelchair and if you feel comfortable using an ECV. Prices are on WDW’s website, https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/wheelchair-rentals/, there is also a link to ECV prices and off site rental companies.

        There are different spots at the attractions where you leave your wheelchair/ECV. Where depends on if you can walk through the queue or need it right up until the point you get on the ride vehicle. I haven’t used an ECV but I think you just take your key with you. With a wheelchair, you can get closer to every attraction so it will usually be in a spot where Cast Members are around. I haven’t had any issues with anything being taken.

  2. April on January 3, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks so much for this. My 90 year old grandma wished to go one more time (it’s been 18 years) so tomorrow I am taking her and my 2 kids. I was feeling pretty overwhelmed but your info was so helpful! We are getting there early to get a wheel chair and planned 3 fast passes b4 lunch and will take the rest of the day as we can. ❤️

  3. Disney Character Dining on December 31, 2018 at 10:12 am

    It’s great that you have provided all of this information to those who have special challenges.

  4. […] Wheelchair Accessibility […]

  5. Jillian Galich on April 9, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Good morning!

    My family and I are going to Disney World next month, and this will be the first time we go with my dad in a wheelchair. He is a stroke patient, and is paralyzed on his right side. For Pirates of the Caribbean, do you need to step into a boat, or is there easy access for him to walk onto the boat? Going down is hard for him and it’s hard for us to assist him as he gets nervous, but he loves the ride so we want to help him as best we can. Any help is welcome! Thank you 🙂

    • Melissa on April 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Hi! Unfortunately there is a step to get into the boat. The easiest way to do it would probably be sitting in the back row. That way you only have a row of people in front of you to deal with and it gives you a little extra space. Someone could step in before him so he has help. There is a larger lip on the side of the boat on that row so he could also sit, have help getting his legs in, and then move down into the seat. It’s not the easiest but it’s been the best way for me to experience the attraction. I hope that helps a little. And please let me know if you have any more questions!

  6. Sallie on March 31, 2018 at 10:31 am

    We love your blog! We will be attending our first Halloween Party this year. Do they have the regular reserved wheelchair viewing areas for the Boo to You parade? Thank you

    • Melissa on April 1, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you! And yes they do. It should be the same spots as the regular parade. Just check the map at the party or ask a Cast Member to be sure.

  7. […] Wheelchair Accessibility […]

  8. […] Wheelchair Accessibility […]

  9. […] Wheelchair Accessibility […]

Leave a Comment