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Planning a vacation to the Disneyland Resort in California can be stressful for anyone, but more so for those of us who must use and remain in a wheelchair.
Visiting Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure with a wheelchair can be a stressful experience for someone who has never been there. Heck, there are times it is difficult for wheelchair users who frequent the park often.
Confusion over the disability policy on either the guest or cast member’s behalf can be avoided by becoming familiar with it on Disneyland’s official website.
As the park reopens, some services, attractions, and restaurants have yet to reopen. This includes some alternative experiences for the disabled. With things changing daily, be sure to verify what is operating and open before making your park reservation by visiting Disneyland’s official website.
To help you plan a magical visit to the happiest place on earth, I put together a full list of wheelchair-accessible attractions at both the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks.
When referencing wheelchairs in this article, I refer to manual wheelchairs and power wheelchairs that are the size of a standard wheelchair, not ECVs (electronic conveyance vehicles). While many of the attractions listed below allow a guest to remain in their ECV or scooter, some require the guest to transfer to an attraction-provided manual wheelchair if they cannot transfer to the ride vehicle. These instances will be notated.
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Disneyland Wheelchair Accessible Attractions
The original Disneyland park was built long before accessibility laws were enacted. Because of this many attractions do NOT have wheelchair-accessible queues. I have included how and where to access attractions that aren’t accessible via their standard queue.
Remain In Your Wheelchair or ECV
- The Disney Gallery
- Disneyland Monorail
- Disneyland Railroad (Mickey’s Toontown, New Orleans Square, and Tomorrowland stations only ***** The Main Street Station does NOT have wheelchair access****)
- The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
- Fantasy Faire
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (wheelchair-accessible alternate experience is available) You will not be able to ride in the submarine. Instead, a cast member will guide you to an alternative experience that allows you to see what guests in the submarine see while remaining in your wheelchair. There is room for two wheelchairs and benches for your companions.
- Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
- Goofy’s Playhouse
- The Golden Horseshoe – Just a heads up, this attraction is typically crowded, and accessing a table with a wheelchair or ECV can be difficult.
- Jungle Cruise – Does not have an ADA compliant queue. You must check in with a cast member at the attraction’s exit. Depending on the wait time, you may be issued a return time. Either way, the exit is where anyone with a mobility aid enters and exits this attraction.
- King Arthur Carrousel – Does not have an accessible queue. Follow the accessibility sign near the entrance to find where to enter.
- Main Street Cinema – This is a tight space and easy to get stuck in.
- Mark Twain Riverboat
- Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
- Minnie’s House
- Meet Tinker Bell at Pixie Hollow
- Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (some areas are not wheelchair accessible)
- Storytelling at Royal Theatre
- Meet Disney Princesses at Royal Hall
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough (wheelchair-accessible alternate experience is available) This alternative experience does not have a queue. Enter if it is empty or wait for the occupying party to exit. There is a bench for your companions to sit on. The attraction is often overlooked, and if you ask me, one of the park’s best-kept secrets. If entering from the drawbridge, it is located to the right just as you enter Fantasyland.
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room There is an accessible ramp in the pre-show area, and you can park anywhere within the theater. You will exit out the same door as the rest of the guests, but instead of turning right outside the door, you will take the ramp to the left.
ECV Must Transfer To Wheelchair
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- “it’s a small world”
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (transfer access vehicle available)
Disneyland lists this attraction as one that a guest can remain in a wheelchair, but that is misleading. This ride does NOT have a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Guests using any motorized mobility aid will be asked if they can stand for 5 minutes or need an attraction-provided manual wheelchair. This is just for the pre-show portion after you have been told which color to stand on. Guests still have to transfer to a ride vehicle to go on the ride portion of this attraction. The transfer access vehicle is just one that has a wider door to enter/exit from.
Disney’s California Adventure Wheelchair Accessible Attractions
California Adventure was built post-ADA regulations and every attraction queue is wheelchair accessible whether you have to transfer from your wheelchair or not to ride.
Remain In Your Wheelchair or ECV
- Animation Academy
- Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome
- The Bakery Tour
- Disney Junior Dance Party!
- Games of Pixar Pier
- Jessie’s Critter Carousel
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (some areas are not wheelchair accessible)
- Sorcerer’s Workshop
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar
- World of Color – FYI While elevated, the accessible viewing area is in the back and not elevated enough to see over the people who will be standing in front of you when the show begins. I get a better view watching from the Lamplight Lounge or from another area on the pier.
ECV Must Transfer To Wheelchair
- The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
- Pixar Pal-A-Round – Swinging
- Pixar Pal-A-Round – Non-Swinging
- Red Car Trolley
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure