Have Fun and Stay Safe
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:
Dreamworld - QLD
LunaPark - NSW
MovieWorld - QLD
Seaworld - QLD
Walibi - Wavre
LEGOLAND - Billund
Tivoli Gardens - Copenhagen
Linnanmäki - Helsinki
Disneyland - Paris
Futuroscope - Poitiers
EuropaPark - Rust
Gardaland - Castelnuovo del Garda
Efteling - Kaatsheuvel
Tusenfryd - Vinterbro
Liseberg - Gothenburg
Alton Towers - Staffordshire
Blackpool Pleasure Beach - Lancashire
Chessington World of Adventures - Surrey
Drayton Manor - Staffordshire
LEGOLAND (Windsor) - Berkshire
Thorpe Park - Surrey
Disneyworld - FL
Disneyland - CA
Six Flags Magic Mountain - CA
Universal Hollywood - CA
Universal Studios Orlando - FL
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