July
21

Have Fun and Stay Safe

Posted on Tuesday 21st July, 2015

The recent rollercoaster disaster at the British theme park, Alton Towers, has drawn attention to safety concerns at the start of the busy European holiday season.


When things go as horribly wrong as they did on the Smiler, it's no wonder that theme parks around the world are looking at their safety procedures as never before. 



We at EDRIC have become increasingly concerned in recent years that limb different children and adults alike are being unfairly excluded from a fun day out by theme parks who are zealously over interpreting health and safety considerations. 

Our best advice - following a visit to Disneyland Paris - is to do some research ahead of your visit.  The larger theme park operators publish detailed guides for disabled visitors and we've collected below as many as we can find in order to help you have a fun day out. 

Representatives of one of our Italian member organisations, Raggiungere, recently had a meeting with the management of Gardaland after complaints that the park was unfairly excluding limb different youngsters from some of the rides. 

The management team there seemed to have the impression that the health and safety of a disabled child or adult was actually the responsibility of the person accompanying them! Quite how parents can assess the safety of complex, fast moving machinery seems a little beyond us and is probably far wide of the mark. 

Other parks have been informed by their insurers - following a fatality at a theme park in the US - that restricting access to some of the more extreme rides is the only way to ensure that their policy will pay out in the event of an accident. 

Of course, we haven't managed to cover every theme park in every country, so if you have information that you'd like to add about a theme park that you visit regularly, please get in touch. 

Equally, if you or your children have been turned away from rides because of one or more shortened or missing limbs, we'd love to hear about it. 

And if you know of any other accessibility guides, send us a link and we'll add them to this blog. 

Enjoy the summer holidays and we hope that you find the links to various parks around the world useful. 

Our Brief Guide to Accessibility at Theme Parks Around the World:

Australia
Belgium
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Sweden
UK
USA

Australia

Dreamworld - QLD

Dreamworld

UK
Information for disabled visitors


LunaPark - NSW

LunaPark

UK
Guide for disabled visitors


MovieWorld - QLD

MovieWorld

UK
Information for disabled visitors


Seaworld - QLD

Seaworld

UK
Information for disabled visitors



Walibi - Wavre

Walibi

UK
Information for disabled visitors

NL
Information for disabled visitors

FR
Information for disabled visitors



LEGOLAND - Billund

LegoLand

UK
Information for disabled visitors

DE
Information for disabled visitors

SW
Information for disabled visitors

DK
Information for disabled visitors


Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen

Tivoli

UK
Information for disabled visitors

DK
Information for disabled visitors



Linnanmäki - Helsinki

Linnanmaki

UK
Information for disabled visitors

Fi
Information for disabled visitors

SW
Information for disabled visitors

RU
Information for disabled visitors




Disneyland - Paris

Disneyland

UK
Guide for disabled visitors

FR
Guide for disabled visitors

DE
Guide for disabled visitors

IT
Guide for disabled visitors

ES
Guide for disabled visitors


Futuroscope - Poitiers

Futuroscope

UK
Guide for disabled visitors

FR
Guide for disabled visitors

ES
Guide for disabled visitors




EuropaPark - Rust

EuropaPark

UK
Information for disabled visitors

DE
Information for disabled visitors

FR
Information for disabled visitors

NL
Information for disabled visitors




Gardaland - Castelnuovo del Garda

Gardaland

UK
Guide for disabled visitors

IT
Guide for disabled visitors




Efteling - Kaatsheuvel

Efteling

UK
Guide for disabled visitors




Tusenfryd - Vinterbro

Tusenfryd

NO
Guide for disabled visitors




Liseberg - Gothenburg

Liseberg

UK
Information for disabled visitors

SW
Information for disabled visitors




Alton Towers - Staffordshire

Alton Towers

UK
Guide to disabled visitors


Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Lancashire

Blackpool

UK
Guide for disabled visitors


Chessington World of Adventures - Surrey

Chessington

UK
Information for disabled visitors


Drayton Manor - Staffordshire

Drayton Manor

UK
Guide for disabled visitors


LEGOLAND (Windsor) - Berkshire

LegoLand

UK
Guide for disabled visitors


Thorpe Park - Surrey

Thorpe Park

UK
Guide for disabled visitors




Disneyworld - FL

Disneyworld

UK
Information for disabled visitors


Disneyland - CA

Disneyland

UK
Information for disabled visitors


Six Flags Magic Mountain - CA

Six Flags

UK
Guide for disabled visitors


Universal Hollywood - CA

Universal Hollywood

UK
Information for disabled visitors


Universal Studios Orlando - FL

Universal Orlando

UK
Information for disabled visitors


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