6 Exciting Wheelchair-Friendly Theme Parks

Amusement parks are some of the most exciting places to be during the summer months! Here are six of 101 Mobility’s favorite accessible theme parks from around the country:

Morgan's Wonderland

1. Morgan’s Wonderland: San Antonio, TX

Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first entirely accessible amusement park. It was built for children with special needs and disabilities in mind. The park even offers free admission to those with special needs or disabilities! From the paths to the playgrounds, wheelchairs can easily navigate every inch of this park.

Holiday World

2. Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari: Santa Claus, IN

Holiday World wins awards for being the friendliest and cleanest theme park in the world. All of their restaurants, theaters, and shops are wheelchair accessible, and their Rides Guide highlights accessible rides. They also partner with Easter Seals to host an annual discounted “Play Day” to raise money for children with disabilities!

Sesame Place

3. Sesame Place: Langhorne, PA

Sesame Place produces an Accessibility Guide with information about rides, exhibits, and shows, and offers assistance to hearing impaired guests. In addition, guests with disabilities may wait in a Virtual Queue, so that they can enjoy other activities while “waiting” in line, and then return to the attraction at the end of the determined wait time.

Cedar Point

4. Cedar Fair Parks

From Cedar Point in Ohio to Carowinds in North Carolina, the eleven parks operated by the Cedar Fair Entertainment Company have Ride Boarding Passes for guests with restricted mobility and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The passes give guests a boarding time, so that they can skip the line at their designated time. In addition, Alternate Access Entrances are available on many rides.

Disney

5. Disneyland/Disney World: Anaheim, CA/Orlando, FL

Both Disneyland and Disney World are known for their hospitality and accommodation of guests. Both parks offer Disability Access Service Cards to allow guests with disabilities to return to attractions later and skip the line. In addition, they offer resources (including accessibility guides) for those with mobility, hearing, visual, and cognitive disabilities.

Six Flags

6. Six Flags

 Six Flags operates 18 amusement and water parks across North America. Each location has Equal Access Passes, which allows alternate entrance access and boarding time (so that guests can wait elsewhere instead of in line) for the mobility impaired guest and three companions.

If you’re heading to a theme park this summer, consider renting one of 101 Mobility’s auto lifts to make transporting your wheelchair, scooter, or power chair a breeze! And remember the #1 rule of theme parks: Have fun!

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  1. Lindsay R  July 17, 2017

    Santa’s village in Jefferson, NH is very handicap accessible! I spent 2 days there with my SO who is in a wheelchair and our boys age 4 and 5. I was shocked they have a insert in the map that tells you what rides he could do. We also didn’t find a shop, restaurant or pathway he couldn’t do. He pushed himself all day both days. We found just one hill he needed help on and I pushed him up it. Even the waterpark had things he could do. At the front gate they also have scooter’s available if you need one. He prefers his wheelchair to get the exercise. Staff is extremely friendly and it’s cheap. We will be buying a year pass for our family next year.

  2. Carolyn A  June 20, 2017

    There is a handicapped water park in San Antonio that just opened

  3. Patricia DeShetler  April 27, 2017

    Don’t waste your time or money at Cedar Point! I drove from New Orleans, LA to Ohio and could not ride anything more exciting than a carousel horse.
    The time it takes to get on the ride isn’t the problem. When you are literally “tagged” by what they think you can handle, it isn’t fun. Educate yourself on prosthetics, and they people who wear them before you label them.
    I am searching for a water park that has an elevator/conveyer belt…magic carpet, a way to get back to the top of water slides! Any suggestions?
    Thanks!

  4. Cassidy  July 13, 2016

    Hersey Park is great! It’s super hilly which is difficult to deal with unless you have someone who is willing to push your wheelchair but the ride program is amazing! They have four seats in the middle of the train that they keep saved for people in the accessibility program and allow you on the ride either right away or after a short time depending on if there are others in the program ahead of you. If no one in the program is waiting to get on they pull four people from the crowd to use the seats. I’ve yet to come across another theme park that has a program like that.

  5. Angel  July 7, 2015

    Holiday World is not wheelchair friendly the park is very hilly making it hard to push someone in a wheelchair. You have to use an electric scooter.

    1. Brian Havens  July 7, 2015

      Thanks Angel for reaching out! Dealing with those hills would be tough without a power scooter. Although some areas might be difficult to traverse, we included Holiday World for having designated spots (restaurants, theaters, and shops) that are easily accessible. They also raise money for children with disabilities (“Play Day”) and highlight accessible rides, which is pretty neat.

      If you know of any other parks that are more wheelchair-friendly, definitely let us know! We’re always excited to find more locations that are trying to meet the accessibility needs of all.

  6. Pamela Warrender  January 25, 2015

    thank you, this is one , if not
    THE most helpful guide i have seen for a wheel chair user like myself.