Reply To: Ride accessibility at Disney

  • ctrullin

    January 26, 2019 at 12:04 am

    I was shocked when a fellow bachelor gerontology student named Zahra, at USC, did her thesis and study on Disneyland accessibility issues.  The liability does make sense, but some of the steps are not conditioned to allow for chair movement.  Meaning, not every area had a ramp to even go look at say the New Orleans area, issues getting around there at least in the original Anaheim location.  Carnation has done a lot to fund keeping ice cream available to everyone.  So, you basically are not going unless someone can pick up and lift you with your chair for most of the time.  Zahra explains even some of the time is a dig to a small child who would love to explore every inch of that magical kingdom.

    Since 1997, I am sure that many more advancements have been made at the park itself.  Unfortunately, Walt would have wanted it another way since he had a very difficult childhood.  When the park itself was designed with him as visionary, those options for accessibility were not historically taken up with standard construction practice.  You can look at old drawings and sketches of the park and realize that they still needed to hire advanced architects to modify the original idea.

    In short, you have a team of wild eyed fellow cartoonists with a vision.  Those artists didn’t exactly get down to the nitty gritty of Walt’s overall intent.  I for one would love a gofundme account that raises money for Disneyland from outside of Disney itself to help children in the later stages of life that want to have a great big vacation with family before it’s time…I want those kids to know who Walt is. Walt is a beautiful human and his little mouse, would have scurried gladly over steps to cheer a child left behind by his other friends.

    I grew up just ten minutes from the park.  Most of my close friends would become characters or work at the rides and have to deny access to children.  It was a reason for quitting.  We all love that place and struggle to improve it.  Please come visit Disney yourself, and take the time to explain to any children why this is so.

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