I love Disneyland, even though I probably shouldn’t. They must spray some sort of happiness-inducing chemical into the air inside the park that makes nearly everyone feel the pull of joy despite the ultra-super-hyper-aggressive marketing and in-your-face-and-all-open-orifices sales that crowd every square inch of the park.
But to face a full day at a sprawling amusement park, I need to think first and buy my $100+ Park Hopper Pass later. What with the chronic pain that’s often exacerbated by too much walking and standing in lines, and the chronic fatigue that…er, makes me tired, one of those power scooter things starts to look appealing.
And as always, are there enough clean bathrooms to go around, especially during crowded weekends and holidays?
Taking a Load Off
Finding a place to sit down can be tough—you may find yourself attempting to park it on a concrete flower box, then chased off by security. Avoid parades, and plan stops in restaurants and cafes for (almost) guaranteed seats several times each day.
The Bathroom Ride
Cleanliness and availability of necessary facilities–those all-important bathroom rides that you’ll visit more than any other attraction–are strong points at Disneyland. Uncle Walt apparently thought the “needs of a big crowd” thing through properly when designing his first park, and it shows in restroom design. They’ve got adequate stalls to handle crowds, plenty of sinks, baby-changing stations, and an in-out traffic flow pattern that minimizes people tripping over one another. Even in high season, lines in the ladies rooms rarely last more than a few minutes. No restful seating, sadly. But janitors keep the restrooms clean at almost all times.
Keep that park map they gave you handy, otherwise the well-placed but attractively camouflaged bathrooms might be tough to find in an urgent situation.
Remaining Seated Throughout the Park
This web page has great info for folks with mobility problems who want to visit Disneyland:
It’s got info on which rides are accessible (answer: most of them), and how much scooter and wheelchair rentals cost inside the park. In 2009, it’s $65/day for a scooter/ECV and $35/day for a wheelchair. The site also offers links to outside vendors of rentable scooters, most of which are cheaper than renting at Disneyland.
The FastPass thing that’s offered on the popular rides works really well for me. I can get my FastPass for a ride, then go do something else until my time slot comes up. Like sit the bleep down for 20-30 minutes if I need a break.
I’ve done this, then discovered that all my perfectly healthy companions have joined me for a FastPass and a drink and a load off their feet. Apparently, following me around makes a day in Disney less exhausting for the non-disabled folks–I create an “excuse” to keep them from overdoing it with the running around and not eating/drinking enough and standing in overlong lines. Who knew?