A Day at the Theme Park: What do You Need to Know?

A Day at the Theme Park: What do You Need to Know?

It’s prime vacation time and plenty of people are surfing the web to book hotel rooms, make travel arrangements, and decide what location fits their idea of a perfect getaway. For some, a fun-filled day involves making a stop at a major theme park. For those parties that include a member with special needs, some might think an amusement park is out of the question. However, many theme parks make accommodations for those with disabilities and limited mobility.

Amusement parks have handicapped parking and often have locations for drop-off and pick-up for guests with restricted mobility. Restrooms and other facilities should meet ADA guidelines for people who are handicapped or disabled. Most parks offer assisted listening devices.

All theme park rides are not off-limits to disabled individuals. Most parks have designated rides that are okay for the majority of people with disabilities and such rides often have alternate access entrances for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

At Cedar Point, for example, those who need assistance may still ride on designated rides and are allowed to have one riding companion. The riding companion is allowed to wait with them at an alternative access entrance and the companion assists with helping them get on and off the ride. Six Flags even has brochures available for guests with disabilities that contain detailed information on the park and services.

Apart from rides, there are plenty of other attractions in amusement parks for guests to enjoy. Arcade rooms, shows, gift shops, restaurants, pools, and more typically make up a park. Most, if not all, shows and events are accessible to everyone. Therefore, all party members, even those with disabilities, can enjoy their stay at a theme park.