Thanks for all the feedback! I'm wondering if I might want to rent a wheelchair for my Aunt. If I drop her off in the Harbor lot, is there a place where she can sit while I go park and then get a wheelchair? And can I take the wheelchair out to that lot, or are they available only within the gates of the park proper?
uh no wheelchair rentals are in the esplanade by the main entrance so that wont help
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....Disneyland isn't really for people who are very elderly or very disabled. I'm not happy about that, but there's only so much that can be done in a place that is intensely physical by natureto accommodate people whose bodies are unfortunately incapable of handling those intensely physical experiences.
I'm sorry Data, but I strongly disagree with this! I can remember the time when buying a ticket book for the rides was optional and instead you could just pay an entrance fee to walk around. My parents use to do this and just let us kids go on the rides. They enjoyed things like Main Street, the various other shops and the many "Exhibition" shows that DL had for anyone to just walk into. Oh no, there are plenty of fun things to do at DLR for the elderly or disabled so don't let this stop you from taking any friend or loved one to DLR.
I'm sorry Data, but I strongly disagree with this! I can remember the time when buying a ticket book for the rides was optional and instead you could just pay an entrance fee to walk around. My parents use to do this and just let us kids go on the rides. They enjoyed things like MainStreet, the various other shops and the many "Exibition" shows that DL had for anyone to just walk into. Oh no, there are plenty of fun things to do at DLR for the elderly or disabled so don't let this stop you from taking any friend or loved one to DLR.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not trying to say that elderly/disabled people shouldn't go to the park. If they can, that is purely awesome and I hope they have a great time! And I'm not saying Disney should pretend they don't exist either. I'm just saying that there's only so much that can be done to accommodate their needs before the cost and/or tradeoffs with the rest of the guests' experience becomes unacceptable.
Of course you're not going to decide to not give HM a wheelchair ramp just because southern mansions of the period most likely didn't have them...that'd just be silly and rude and inappropriate. All I'm saying is that places like Disneyland have to be designed first and foremost for the people who are capable of taking advantage of most of what it has to offer. It needs to be safe for everyone, but there are limits to what can be done when it comes to people who are severely incapacitated.
Again...I don't mean that disabled people shouldn't enter the park or shouldn't be taken care of by Disney. We just have to accept that there are, unfortunately, practical constraints on what can be done for them.
Disney co would like you to think they have a drop off but they really dont, the closest official one is on the Harbor blvd entrance it is the taxi and access paratransit for disabled drop off which i have used sadly it is right next to Harbor and very very far away from the main gate in fact hotel shuttles get a lot closer.
its a shame they dont consider their guests needs better, when I am being dropped off with my wheelchair in my own car (which I cant drive anymore) I am dropped off at the disabled parking at the downtown disney entrance and I usually take the monorail in but now that the monorail is so ($#*&$ 'D up that is either a very very long wait due to only purple being viable and that I have to wait for all the other wheelchairs to come and go ahead of me usually only one a time per trip it sux.
You would think they would have a way of allowing people to be dropped off right near the gate that are, elderly, disabled or just plain being dropped off and pickedup later with no parking involved.
but they dont
oh and being dropped off in chip n dale is stoopid you have go thru the parkng lines get a special pass then there is no dropoff area to speak of you have to find parking then the person has to get over to the shuttle and if in a wheelchair wait for available space, be strapped in then ride on the shuttle get unstrapped and then make your way to the main gate
I'm sorry but do you actually want a street just for handicapped people that goes all the way to the gates? Not gonna happen. I'm sure they care about the people's that go between DCA and DL safety more. They do their best to accommodate and I think they do it very well. The drop off areas are not that far.
...I'm just saying that there's only so much that can be done to accommodate their needs before the cost and/or tradeoffs with the rest of the guests' experience becomes unacceptable.
Agreed. I'm just saying that there is no need for further accommodating their needs because there is already plenty enough for them to do other than the rides, so there's no practical reason for them not to come to DLR.