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    Smile A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Hey guys, I have a few questions...

    first off, as some of you may know, I have one leg (well, one and a half, but we'll round down) and I am planning on using a wheel chair when we visit this July. I DO have aprostetic leg, but my leg doctor hasn't gotten it right yet... it hurts like a mother. So comes the question, is it possible to use my wheelchair to get RIGHT UP next to the attraction so that I can transfer to a seat with out having to hop? My mom is fretting and I thought that this would be the place to ask. I know that somerides you can just go on with you w.c., but I'd like to make things as "normal" as possible.

    I think I also heard that they ahve to stop the Haunted Mansion in order fo someone in a w.c. to get on. Is it like that with any other rides?

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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Depends on the ride.....Some you just stay in your wheelchair (ISW, JC) but others you have to transfer, a hop or two might work, but sometimes it's just better if someone lifts you (CM's can't help you much).
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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Oh, I'm totally a good hopper! I got a hopper pass.... couldn't pass that up!

    NO, but really, I've got great balance... I was just wondering if there was a "no wheelchair" line that couldn't be passed.

    Also, what ride do we go to the back of the line and which have w.c.able lines? I've always felt bad just going up the back... it feels like cutting to me. Maybe i could get a fastpass and then go up the backa t the F.P. time? Hmm...

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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Most rides have a wheelchair sign at the exit if you are to enter from the exit. Don't worry about feeling like you're cutting. You will usually have to wait a cycle or two (or more depending on the crowd), but don't feel bad!!! If you come with some MC'ers, we'll help you. We have some old pros at it!
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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy999
    Depends on the ride.....Some you just stay in your wheelchair (ISW, JC) but others you have to transfer, a hop or two might work, but sometimes it's just better if someone lifts you (CM's can't help you much).
    You can stay in your wheelchair on Jungle Cruise??? thank you for that info!
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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    ya, from what I understand they are all through the exit or have a limited wait time... but, I really have no idea... that's just what I can see when I'm strolling through the park


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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy999
    Depends on the ride.....Some you just stay in your wheelchair (ISW, JC) but others you have to transfer, a hop or two might work, but sometimes it's just better if someone lifts you (CM's can't help you much).
    What do you mean the CMs can't help her? Aren't the CMs there to help assist with loading the rides or whatnot? If someone is having trouble or needs assistance shouldn't the CMs provide that assistance? The only real reason I can think of not to let her ride is if it is a hazard to her safety to ride with the leg disability.

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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    ^It's probably considered a liability. If they lose their grip & drop someone that would be a lawsuit just waiting to happen.
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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    No, no one would need to lift me.. I'm a big girl.. I like to do things for myself. Just my mom wants me to wear my leg so it will be easy to transfer... but is it nessary?
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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    it's a small world usually has a boat that will accept a regular wheelchair without transfer in the flume, there is a special entrance near the main entrance. ECV's are too heavy and need to transfer

    The Jungle Cruise has a special boat that is not normally running, you need to ask for the boat to be brought out (and there is a bit of a wait), but you don't need to transfer like "iasw", you go to the exit and inform the CM at the exit.

    Space Mountain has a special loading station and a special slide to load into the rocket, transfer is required, but since you are in a special secondary area, you can take all the time you need to load and unload.

    Also, Winnie the Pooh and Monsters, Inc. can take regular wheelchairs on the ride without transfer.

    Grizzly River Run at DCA has a special loading area for a boat, but once again, transfer is required.

    I suggest you stop by City Hall (a ramp entrance is located on the north side near the restrooms) and pick up a guide to those who need assistance when you arrive.
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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Thanks Darky!
    Great info! :0)

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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    We just got back from a trip. My daughter uses a chair. She can transfer, but can't walk. We are able to get right up to the ride on most of the rides. Buzz, Small World, Jungle Cruise and Pooh all have wheelchair vehicles. If you are a good hopper like you said, I would choose to transfer rather then stay in the chair. The wait for the special vehicles is usually pretty long. There are only a few things that she can't do (like Tarzan's treehouse, explorer canoes, Sailing Ship Columbia).

    Most of the rides over in DCA are accessible so you just go through the regular line.

    Have fun and please let me know if you have any other questions!

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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Thanks! Thats good to know about DCA, I haven't spent much time there. :0)

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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Yeah, you'll definitely want to grab one of the disability guides. They're extremely useful. As with most other helpful paperwork that's available at City Hall, you can also get one at the Opera House if you ask the greeter, and I'll bet the information board also carries the guides. And don't worry that you're skipping all the lines; you'll make up for it with the eternity it will take to get through crowds because people don't see you and won't get out of your way.

    Special handicapped viewing for the parade is located by the Disney Showcase (across for the Mad Hatter on Main Street) and near the Plaza Inn, just past the Photo Supply in the Hub. Those are the reserved areas; you can take a wheelchair into any of the designated viewing areas on the parade route. There is no designated handicapped viewing for the fireworks. For Fantasmic!, the handicapped viewing is located beside the Mark Twain boathouse, but the view's not that great from there. You're probably better off heading for one of the standing sections and trying to get toward the front; you might also be able to use the seating sections, if you're able to sit at the very back against the rope, but you'd want to ask a CM about that.

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    Re: A little ride help? Wheelchair!

    Missviolet - Be sure to use your chair on the Haunted Mansion. Others can correct me on this if I'm wrong, but the last few times I was there, it seemed that wheelchair using guests CONTINUE THROUGH the ride instead of getting off at the exit, finally getting off back where their chair is waiting at the loading location.

    I've ALWAYS wanted to stay on those doombuggies just to see where they go!


    EDIT: Hey! There's a whole THREAD on the topic which just turned up while I wasn't looking. Looks like I was right...

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