He’s got a ticket to ride

March 2, 2010 at 8:13 am 1 comment

We have certainly been to our share of amusement parks, but every time it was definitely a challenge to assist Bill (who has an incomplete C5-C6 spinal cord injury) in and out of each of the rides.  

Our experience has been that there is a separate entrance for wheelchair users, to avoid the inaccessible line rails and turnstiles (with the exception of Disney).  This entrance puts you at the front of the line, which many times is to the dismay of those who are able-bodied and have stood in line for two hours, in the heat, to get on the ride.  The tricky part is assisting Bill during the transfer to and from his wheelchair into the ride itself.  After years of practice, we are like a well running pit-crew team, but this routine always draws plenty of spectators. Most of the time they do allow you to stay on the ride for two runs; consolation for all the trouble it takes to get in and out, I suppose.

I was excited to read an article about Morgans Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas.  It is dubbed “The World’s First Ultra Accessible Family Fun Park”.  It is specially designed for children and adults with special needs.  They have designed rides that have wheelchair accessible cars so the rider does not have to transfer—genius!  This begs the question, why has this not been done before?

Disney World's Rock'n' Roller Coaster (2004)

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  • 1. Abbie Sladick  |  March 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your real world. It is wonderful to see you and your husband’s smiling faces having fun!!!

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