Man in wheel chair getting off Expedition Everest; animal kingdom; cast member
  • On Jan 19, 2024
    Kimberly from NM Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    One member of our party is a double above the knee amputee. She has implant prosthetics that provide mechanical stability (osseointegration). These are often misunderstood at theme parks and she is denied access to rides. Which ones can she ride at WDW?

    Hi Kimberly!

    Disney World is such a magical place to visit especially when navigating the theme parks with disabilities because they have been designed with everyone in mind. Unlike many other theme parks, almost all of Disney World's rides should be no issue for her.

    Each theme park has a map where each ride is labeled with the ambulatory requirements and if there are transfers: Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. The only rides that I have heard of amputees having issues with are ones where their feet dangle or where the harness is affixed at the hip point. That type of ride would include the following that she may want to look at ahead of time if that is a concern for her: Soarin Around the World, Space Mountain, Tron: Lightcyce/Run, and Hollywood Tower of Terror.

    Other than that, she may need assistance if stepping down is an issue at the following rides: Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and Na'vi River Journey.  All of these rides offer assistance getting on and there are alternative methods to ride if the traditional seat does not work. If she does not have concerns about either of these issues, then she should be able to ride everything comfortably. There are no rides at Disney World that require the removal of ambulatory legs for riding. 

    If you have specific concerns about how to navigate the parks, I recommend contacting Services for Guests with Disabilities. They are incredibly helpful and will be able to provide advice on the best way for your party to communicate with cast members on your visits and ensure that you can safely ride everything. Disney World regularly hosts people with all levels of abilities and they are experts at making it a magical experience.

    One thing you may want to consider is setting up Disability Access Services if it is hard for her to stand in line for long periods of time. This is typically not offered if a wheelchair can be used but they may be able to work with you. With DAS, you will be able to check in for a ride from your mobile device and wait in a seated location. Once your wait time is up you come straight to the Lightning Lane which will give you sped-up access to the ride. My family has used this option multiple times and it makes things much easier for us!

    Happy Planning

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