Sunday, September 26, 2010

Disney Accessible Travel Continued

I just returned from a great trip to Orlando. As you may have read, I posted blog from my friend Monique on accessible travel at the Magic Kingdom and Disney's Animal Kingdom. Monique blogs about Pompe Disease (which is a form of Muscular Dystrophy) and gives tips to make other Pompe sufferers lives a little easier. During my cancer battle, I also had issues with accessibility, as I was partially confined to a wheel chair.

My time in a wheel chair (and as a travel agent) makes me look at attractions in a different light. There are several rides at the Disney Parks that are fully wheelchair accessible. If you or a family member is looking to take a Disney vacation, but concerned about being able to ride the rides, you are in luck! Here is a short list of rides available:

Magic Kingdom

Aladin's Magic Carpet Ride
If you have an ECV you will need to transfer to a manual wheel chair, but the ride has special vehicles that accommodates the wheel chair.
Jungle Cruise
 An ECV or manual wheel chair can be accommodated on this ride in a special boat.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Mania
This ride also has a special car, and a side track, for wheel chairs. ECV owner's will have to transfer to a manual wheel chair.  
Back Lot Tour
This ride allows accommodation for ECVs and wheel chairs via a ramp.

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safari 
Guests will need to transfer to a manual wheel chair, where they can access the ride vehicle via a ramp.
Wildlife Express Train
ECVs and manual wheel chairs can both be accommodated on this train that takes guests to Rafiki's Planet Watch.


The Living Land Boat Ride
This attraction has a special boat where manual wheel chairs can roll right on board.
Mexico Pavilion Boat Ride
A new boat has been added where manual wheel chairs can be rolled right on board, no ramp needed.

While there are many more rides available to those who can transfer out of their wheel chairs, I wanted to bring light to those that guests can board in their wheel chair.  

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