Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Theme - Amusement Parks across the Country and Their Accessibility

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Theme - Amusement Parks across the Country and Their Accessibility

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Visiting a theme or amusement park can sometimes be more stressful than recreational. EXCEPTIONAL PARENT has surveyed about 200 parks in an effort to ease the pressure on travelers.

From that survey we compiled a guide, listing theme and amusement parks across the United States and their accessibility. Everything you need to know about these parks is all right here! The parks listed here are those that answered all of our questions regarding accessibility and user-friendliness, such as: Are there guide dogs permitted in the park? Are the bathrooms accessible? Are there accessible rides and attractions?

Those parks which participated in our survey also provided us with contact information so travelers can ask any additional questions that were not addressed here. Also noted are special events that a park may hold throughout the year for those who have disabilities. Activities like an `"ARC Day" such as the one at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, or a "Deaf Awareness Day," are two examples. We have also highlighted those parks which go above and beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. They have made their parks as comfortable as they can for all of their visitors, by providing such accommodations as a thoroughly trained staff and special services.

We have compiled some wonderful advice from many parks across the country on how to get the most fun with the least hassle. Now all YOU have to do is enjoy!

ALABAMA

Southern Adventures
2150 Leeman Ferry Circle
Huntsville, AL 35801-5324
(205) 880-6599
1,2,3,4,6,11,13

VisionLand
5051 Prince St.
Bessemer, AL 35022
(205) 481-4750
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,11,12,13,14

ARIZONA

Castles `N Coasters
9445 N. Metro Pkwy. E.
Phoenix, AZ 85051
(602) 997-7575
1,2,3,7,13,15; most rides have
stairs (built during the 1920's)

Golfland/Sunsplash Water Park
155 W. Hampton Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85210
(602) 834-8319
1,2,3,4,6,11,13,15;
will carry people into water areas.

Old Tucson Studios
201 S. Kinney Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85735
(520) 883-0100
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,11,13,14;
works with special needs groups
to let them in the park for free
and then get their feedback on
the park's accessibility and how
it can be improved; have dirt
streets with some wooden
sidewalks; on-staff EMT.

Rawhide
23023 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(602) 502-5600
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,11,13,14

ARKANSAS

Burns Park Funland
PO Box 352
North Little Rock, AR 72115
(501) 753-7307
1,2,3,4,6,11,14;
first aid kits available.

CALIFORNIA

Adventure City Theme Park
1238 S. Beach Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92804-4828
(714) 236-9300
1,2,3,4,6,11,13,14,15;
lines for rides are wide enough
for wheelchairs.

Castle Amusement Park
3500 Polk St.
Riverside, CA 92505
(909) 785-4140
1,2,3,4,6,11,13,14

Disneyland
1313 Harbor Blvd.
PO Box 3232
Anaheim, CA 92803-3232
(714) 781-4560
1,2,3,4,5, 6,7,8,9,11,13,14;
accessible transportation from
hotels to the park; written scripts
of shows available; reflective
and video captioning available.

Escondido Family Fun Center
830 Dan Way
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 741-3045
1,3,4,6,11, 14;
can assign someone to a visitor
if help is needed; bendable golf-club
available for those playing
miniature golf in a wheelchair;
first aid equipment available.

Funderland
PO Box 221532
Sacremento, CA 95822-8532
(916) 456-0131
1,6,11,13

Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd.
Buena Park, CA 90620
(714) 220-5200
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,11,12,13,14,15,16;
open year round except for
Christmas Day; guest services
trained to handle visitors
with disabilities.

The New Marine World
Theme Park
Marine World Pkwy.
Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 644-4000
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11,13,14,15;
Deaf Awareness Day in late summa.

Midway of Fun
PO Box 292279
Sacramento, CA 95829
(916) 381-4612
1,4,6,11,13,15

Outrageous Waters Water Park
and Fun Center
PO Box 2196
Clearlake, CA 95422
(707) 995-1402
1,2,3,5,7,13,15; only one ride,
"Lazy River," is accessible. … 
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