Well, ya know, anyone's enjoyment of Walt Disney World or Disneyland is gonna be directly dependent on their own attitudes. Those Cast Members can smile and be nice all they want to, but if the guest ain't got the right attitude...it just don't matter.
Now, let's talk a little about Wheelchair guests. It's true that some folks can't walk around the parks like they use to...some folks are gettin' on in years, some folks are just plain too big, some folks are ill, or disabled in one way or another.
So, somebody, somewheres a long, long time ago invented chairs with wheels on 'em.
Guests sometimes come to the park in wheelchairs...or rent them there. My wife, who has gone on to Heaven now, went to the parks many times in a wheel chair. I know, cause I took her.
She had a stroke...and couldn't balance anymore...she could walk with my help a little...but not by herself. She hated being trapped in that chair. I took her out of it to get a picture with that Goofy Statue...or when she wanted a picture in front of the castle. I held her up as one of those Disney Photographers took our picture on Main Street lookin' down towards the castle... When I saw that picture I noticed that our hair was turnin' gray...even though we both still felt like kids.
We had to face facts... there were some things she just couldn't do anymore...like get in and out of those Pirate Boats.
Oh...but she sure looked forward to the Jungle Cruise, cause they had a boat over there specially rigged for a person to stay right in their chair...she loved it.
Happiness is a mighty valuable thing...
Which brings me to the subject of this thread...Wheelchair Attitudes. Taint no doubt that some folks have high expectations of what Disney has to do for them if they are in any way disabled...and they come in expecting to complain about something. They come in with the wrong attitude...and, in many cases, it is very nearly impossible to please them.
My wife loved the things she could do. She loved that Jungle Cruise...she loved ridin' on the riverboat...she loved the shows...she loved the beauty, and wonder, and magic of the place. She sure didn't waste a lotta time lookin' up at the treehouse and cryin' over not bein' able to climb it...we were much too busy lookin' for exciting, wonderful, delightful, magical things we COULD do. And, just bein' together in this happy place...
Visiting Disney made us both happy. We went with that goal...we loved the place...and we loved each other.
Life in general is not easy. If you are confined to a wheelchair it can be frustrating...especially if you lived an active life.
But...the key to a happy life, both in a wheelchair and out of it, is YOUR attitude. The key to a joy-filled visit to a Disney Park is to do it with someone you love...and to be absolutely determined to stay happy no matter what. That is easier said than done...I know...but it CAN be done. My wife and I did it...many times. Those things, those memories will always be a cherished part of our life together...more and more valuable as time goes by...
Make up your mind to Be Happy...to meet life's challenges with a smile...and to look for the wonder, the magic, and the joy.
Count your blessings...and keep a smile in your heart. Cherish every moment you have with the places and the ones you love...and do your best to spread some of that happiness around. The whole world could use more of it. I read somewheres that it is better to light just one candle than to curse the darkness. Let your light shine.
Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail.
Wild Ol' Dan