I have always wanted to go to California. The beach, the ocean, trees, the chances of running into your favorite celebrity... California is where it's at to many people. But when you decide to go, and you have disabilities or are in a wheelchair, what attractions can you visit that will make your trip more than memorable? Here are four wheelchair-accessible attractions in California.
For decades Walt Disney has graced us with his imagination and joy. In July of 1955, Walt opened up the happiest place on earth known as Disneyland. It is the only theme park designed and built to complete under the direct supervision of Walt himself. The ever-expanding park has been one of California's top attractions since it opened. Over the years it has added the New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (now Critter Country) in 1972, Mickey's Toontown in 1993, and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019, to name a few. According to a March 2005 Disney report, about 65,700 jobs are supported by the resort, including about 20,000 direct Disney employees and 3,800 third-party employees. The park is open year-round and consists of, at least, 21 attractions. For information on planning your trip, you can visit the Disneyland website.
Hollywood is the heart of the entertainment industry and is located in downtown L.A. While in Hollywood, you can visit the star of your favorite celebrity at the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame. The walk of fame consists of more than 2,500 stars emblazoned on the sidewalk. While there, you can also visit the Hollywood Bowl which is ADA compliant and has accessible seating arrangements.
Home to the most iconic, my favorite, television show "Friends", the Warner Bros. Studio gives you a look inside each show with set look-a-likes. This includes sets of movies and shows like Ellen, Batman, Pretty Little Liars and so many more. Universal consists of rides and attractions that will keep you busy for days! Universal even has a "rent a wheelchair" or ECV (Electric Convenience Vehicle) option, should it be needed. Universal issues specific passes for the disabled, called Attraction Assistance Pass (AAP), and allows those with disabilities to wait in alternate queues if they are unable to wait in the regular queue. There are also elevators and trams to make getting around much easier.
If you are anything like me, you LOVE a good museum! Luckily Cali is full of them! From the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California Science Center, and the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, you can bet you'll find a museum to fit you. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is one of the most historical museums in the world with 35 million specimens while the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is considered as the largest museum in the Western United States as it attracts over one million visitors annually. The California Space Center is located next to the Natural History Museum and welcomes all guests in the highest individual sense and particularly special importance is also given to people with mobility impairments looking to enjoy the exhibits. Standard wheelchairs are available at the museum at an affordable rent fee and wheelchair users can access all the restrooms. The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum is a special tour where you get the inside story of Observation Pit, Project 23, Fossil Pit and Lake Pit and learn about how the fossils of hundreds of ice age animals ended up in Los Angeles.
There is so much to do while in California and I hope this list helped you to plan a trip! With wheelchair-accessible parks, restaurants and attractions, it should be a pretty easy and smooth visit to one of the most popular cities in the world.
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