Went to D-land/DCA March 27 with our wheelchair bound parapalegic nephew and was quite impressed with the demeanor of the cast members and relative smoothness of the trip.
This was the first time I was accompanying someone who was completely wheelchair bound for getting about (I had come through with some elderly folks who just couldn't do all the walking but could get into lines when we parked the chair) so I didn't exactly know what to expect. I knew the routes for a number of rides and the need to go in the exit (POTC, SM, BTM, Matterhorn, etc...) but wasn't sure about how easy it would be for him to transfer. We were able to get a 1 page sheet on the accessibility and routes for every attraction in both parks. This was a great reference sheet.
Well frankly, without any use of your legs it takes a little bit of time to transfer into most every ride since there really aren't convenient bars or handles to move oneself into the ride vehicles. Boat rides are especially hard (POTC & JC) because you must lower yourself and raise yourself a few feet without well positioned railings. But here is where I thought the CM's did a great job-- they continually said to take our time and patiently waited for us to maneuver even though it held up the ride for a bit. I applaud the CM's for not making it a spectacle or trying to rush us. That really made the day enjoyable.
Over at DCA, we seemed to have fewer difficulties in transferring and I don't recall the need to use the exit for accessibility (I did split from the group for some rides that I was watching our 2 year old and didn't see how the group got into the rides). This park was nice in that each queue was set up to handle accessibility and keep the party together.
On HM I learned a bit more about the ride. There are around 137 cars(numbers are on the side of them at about seat level, but about 4-6 of the ride vehicles are shaped differently and more open so that it is easier to transfer into them from a wheel chair. I think it they were the cars around 1-10 (I don't recall exactly) I had never noticed this before and really liked that they had included these so seamlessly. The CMs had us all go through the stretching room together and then sent us down the left side of the lightning and changing picture hall so that we could wheel the chair over to the end of the conveyor belt you stand on to get into the cars. Then they had us all ride together after they had seated everyone from our elevator. We all went through the ride and stayed on until we ended up back at the front of the queue and disembarked. We then rode the stretching room back up to the front. Our CM told us to lay down on the floor (in the DEAD center of course) and watch the room contract. It was somewhat surreal even though you know what is going on. So that ride ended up being a great one because of all the help and directions from the CMs.
Overall, I say Kudos to D-land for making accessibility less of an issue.
Now if only guests would be so kind as to not cut off a person pushing a wheelchair up hills or coasting down hills or on flat land for that matter...