I have to admit that during the recovery of my broken leg (tib/fib fracture with 1 rod and 6 screws) Disneyland has been the one bright spot in all of this, yet this past week I admit to being less then happy with my experience on Indiana Jones at DLR.
At the start I rented a scooter to get around since I couldn't put pressure on my left leg (let alone walk in that black boot ... I don't know how people do it). So, it was obvious that something was wrong with me. Now I just have my cane and a slight limp - so the fact that I can't move around normally is not so obvious. I can't handle uneven surfaces very well (like suspension bridges or TSI), inclines and declines are also somewhat tricky for me as well since I don't have very good flexibility in my foot at all (my big toe can't even bend ... it just sticks straight out) and stairs really are bad on my knee (since there are 4 screws below it and they are kinda sticking out).
So, as I made my way to the handicapped entrance on Indy the CM just looked at me and pointed to the handicapped sign - and didn't say a word or ask if I could go up and down stairs. Let me add that I had previously gone to City Hall to ask about obtaining one of those assistance passes and was told that it is their policy that anybody with an assisstance device (like my cane) will be accomodated - and if anybody didn't adhere to this to tell them that I was told at City Hall. I told the CM this and he let me "cut" in line, didn't escort me all the way into the handicapped line. But, I went along with it and dreaded the stairs the moment I looked at them. I can't do stairs like before, and have to do them one at a time - so I slowed things down considerably. Then around the bend more stairs ... going down! At first I though of complaining, but overall my day at DLR went well and at the end I had let the incident go.
Yet, the next time I went I rode Alice In Wonderland and went through the regular entrance since it was very short (like 10 people) so it wasn't too bad. As soon as I sat in the ride the CM operating it handed me a handicapped access flyer and told me that I should go on the handicapped entrances.
Although since physically I appear to be "normal" most people give me weird looks when I go through the exit ... and a few CM's look at me with that rolled eye look. It does make me feel bad and as if I'm abusing of this privilege, yet I can't get around like I used to and it adds more to my frustration when this does happen. Like I should be beyond this and in the regular line with most of the folks. Let me add that the majority of the time I go to DLR on my own, so there isn't a group of folks with me at all - just me.
And, actually on the 15th I went into the normal line for Space Mountain and held up the line a bit. I was walking as fast as I could, sweating and panting, and in front of me there was a BIG gap ... plus I heard whispers from the folks behind me as well ... nevermind that they saw I was struggling. This proved to me that I wasn't ready for the regular line though.
So, my question (after letting all this out ... and I thank you for reading this far) is how does one obtain a handicapped access pass? Because most days I'm there just to walk around and go on a ride or two. I don't want to be renting scooters every time I go there since I only stay for a few hours.
Should I also report to City Hall when their CM's don't adhere to their policy?