• On Aug 28, 2020
    Rick from AB Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi. I’m planning a a Disney trip for late next year and want to bring my parents. My mother is disabled and wheelchair bound, but wants to go on Its A Small World, which was her favourite ride from 40 years ago. Is it possible for her to go on it!

    It’s a small world after all, Rick! Thanks so much for bringing your question to planDisney! I’m so excited for your 2021 visit to the Happiest Place on Earth -- you’re going to make so many special memories with your parents.

    I have good news, Rick! Yes, your mother is going to be able to experience “it’s a small world” in her wheelchair! Here’s how it works: For wheelchair access, head toward the standard queue entrance, and a Cast Member will direct you down the designated wheelchair access ramp (which is on the left). If your mom is in a standard wheelchair, she can stay in it, and you can request an accessible boat. Or, if she's able to transfer, you can still use the wheelchair access entrance and transfer into a regular boat if she prefers. I’ve used this ramp with my own mother, and it’s simple and easy to use. I can’t wait for your mom to experience her favorite attraction after so many years! 

    There are many other attractions that allow Guests to remain in their wheelchair during the ride experience, too. I recommend checking out The Disneyland Park Guide for Guests with Disabilities and The Disney California Adventure Park Guide for Guests with Disabilities. These helpful guides will show you which attractions can accommodate your mother without her having to transfer. You can also pick up a paper version of these guides after entering the theme parks. Here’s another handy page to check out, which also lists attraction-access information specifically for Guests with Mobility Disabilities. The Resort also offers wheelchair and electronic convenience vehicle (ECV) rentals on a daily basis. These rentals can be found just outside the Main Entrance of Disneyland Park, adjacent to the Kennel.

    If you have any additional questions upon arrival, I recommend stopping by City Hall in Disneyland Park, or Chamber of Commerce in Disney California Adventure Park, and a Cast Member will be happy to assist you. Your mom may be eligible for Disability Access Service (DAS) depending on her particular needs. DAS is designed to accommodate Guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue due to a disability.

    Last but not least, I recommend checking out this new Disney Parks Attractions Cloth Face Masks 4-Pack Set, which includes an adorable “it’s a small world” themed mask! 

    I hope this information helps you and your parents enjoy a comfortable, memorable visit, Rick! Please stop by with any additional questions… we’re all EARs!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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