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Disney Land on New Years
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Disney Land on New Years

New Years Eve at Disney Land was a horrible idea! As a wheelchair user I should have known I would be in an unsafe environment. The "happiest place on earth" turned into the scariest place on earth in just a few hours. I am very happy I was able to get out alive, because I lost all hope while I was stuck in a shoulder to shoulder, uneasy crowd. Because I am so short, the crowd thought there was an open gap where I sat. This turned into one person after another climbing over my lap just to be shoulder to shoulder three feet from where they had been standing before, hurdling over the man in a wheelchair. All I really wanted during my Disney Land trip was a waffle cone dipped in chocolate, with mint chip ice cream.

My thoughts of a person yelling gun or a fire had me frightened to death. I tried my best to stay calm but when a crowd of people don’t realize they are acting insane I had to use a stronger tone to get people away from me. There was a Disney Cast Member waving a flashlight telling us to keep moving so I got her attention and told her that I was scarred for my life and needed to be assisted out of the park, but she told me I needed to keep moving with the rest of the people. After being turned down by a park employee, I was so frustrated I told people around me that we are just a herd of cattle on our way to the slaughter house, and the Disney employees are farmers making their money not caring about anyone’s safety.

I was led one direction and my family was led another. Our group split up and we were on opposite sides of the park wondering if we would find each other. Disney Land is to bring familes together, but instead it split us up with no hesitation. As soon as I had room to pull out my phone I called my Dad to see if the rest of the family made it out alive. They were waiting for me at the gate so I got back in the mess I had fought so hard to get out of, hoping that it would lead me to the gate this time. When I reached the gate we all exchanged our stories of being stuck in that mess of people. When it was my turn, all I could say was "I still want that ice ream cone". Everyone laughed and said "I knew he would still want ice cream". They were hoping Ice cream would make me happy since I was so upset about nearly dying in a crowd of adults acting like children.

Yes, I should have researched before making this trip, but why is it okay to let an unsafe amount of people intp the park? I am guessing ticket sales and money have a lot to do with it, which I find sad because it's Disney Land. This was not a place for children or wheelchair users because people could care less who they were stepping over. I bet if a fire broke out, Disney would have the media at the park gates reporting about a wheelchair bound man and fifty children trampled to death because too many people were in the park. My question to Disney is, are the ticket sales worth the safety of your guests? I’ll be calling the fire marshal next year!

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  1. Steve
    Oh Mr. Disney, how disappointed you must be. Your happiest place on earth was everything but that for many on New Years Evening.
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  2. Broken English
    Broken English
    Voted. That does sound like a very frightening experience, and it should have been just the opposite! What a shame. You might be interested in my latest blog, Don't Run Before You Can Walk!, and if you like it, please vote. :-)
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  3. SignLanguage
    Yes, do call the fire marshalls! Speak to the highest-level superior you can, too. It is incredibly unsafe and make sure they know you are telling others. Give them the link to this page. Safety is definitely an issue and you should not have been refused help when you asked for it. I ran out of votes but will be coming back to give you one. Please stop by my new article, Deafies in a Wheelchair, and vote if you like it. Cheers, and glad you made it out without being injured!
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    1. Matthew Tilford
      Matthew Tilford
      Thank you for the vote I will check out your blog also.
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      1. SignLanguage
        Voted!
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  4. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #6. Glad you made it out of there without being injured because they certainly were not understanding. People begin pushing when there are huge numbers, in multi level entertainment like Disney. They become more excited about getting there to see who and what they are going to see, then having respect for lives. As an able bodied person, I have to defend myself in these situations. I can only imagine how you felt.
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    1. Matthew Tilford
      Matthew Tilford
      I have wrote disney and email with my concerns. Thank you for the vote!
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