Accomodating the needs
Sea World also provides sign language interpreters for shows and tours, as long as the guest contacts Guest Services two weeks before the visit.
Darien Lake Theme Park Resort in Darien Center, New York (about halfway between Buffalo and Rochester) has priority access entrances for its most popular rides.
Some individuals also attempted to fake having a disability to acquire a coveted access pass.
Quite understandably, this news is very upsetting to individuals with disabilities and their families, who – like my own family – often plan their vacations around theme parks.
Picnic pavilions are available to all guests on the grounds, and there is a campground adjacent to the park.
When my family visited Knoebels, we were surprised at the ample shade in the park, as well as its relatively peaceful environment – not too loud and busy like other theme parks. Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pennsylvania (about 30 minutes northeast of Philadelphia) provides a wristband and Access Card to guests with disabilities to bypass lines at up to 6 dry rides and 3 wet rides per day.
Guests with disabilities may bring up to 5 family members to the priority access entrance, where the ride attendant will assign a boarding time.
The guest then returns at the assigned time for immediate boarding.
An increasing number of theme parks, including Disney World and Disney Land, have recently changed their policies for guests with disabilities, cancelling the access passes that allow guests with disabilities to bypass queues for rides.
Additionally, several large theme parks, such as Legoland California, Universal Studios and Dollywood do not publicly post their policies on access passes.
The reason for these changes is that the policies were being abused by tour guides with disabilities who charged a large fee to wealthy families to skip those long lines.
The good news is that there are many theme parks that welcome guests with disabilities and make special accommodations for them.
Some of these are big-name parks with multiple locations, others are small, family-owned parks highly rated by theme park aficionados.