Guest with one hand

Discussion in 'disABILITIES!' started by luulu1999, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. luulu1999

    luulu1999 DIS Veteran

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    I am REALLY trying to get my cousin to plan a vacation for her family to go with us to DL, my cousin was born with only one hand, she has a arm that goes down past where the elbow would be so it has a bend just no hand, this has never stopped her from doing anything her whole life and is even a nurse, HOWEVER she has took her kids to six flags before and there are rides she has waited in line for and they not let her ride and that is not only embarrassing for her but also limits what her kids can do and one ride had a lapbar and we were totally confused on why she couldnt ride, does anyone know if she will be able to ride everything at Disneyland?
     
  2. cobright

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    I can't think of a single one.
    If this is an insensitive suggestion, please pardon me I don't always know where people draw their lines, but if there is a concern about this it might be a good time to wear a prosthetic. Often a simple non-functional one, sometimes used to be referred to as a dress hand will let one pass through the lines without scrutiny. I built a prosthetic hand for a soldier who misplaced his original somewhere in Afghanistan because he wanted something flashier than injected molded plastic. The plastic one fooled me and I knew to be looking for it.

    In any case, I can't imagine a ride at DL keeping a one-handed (but otherwise fully featured) guest from boarding.
     
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  4. redberyl

    redberyl Mouseketeer

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    Some parks require you to be able to hold on with both hands, I know universal is pretty strict about it.but I don't think Disney has this requirement for any of its rides
     
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  5. luulu1999

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    Thank you, she actually had tried prosthesis when she was a kid but that was many years ago and could actually do more with out anything
     
  6. luulu1999

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    This was a problem with one of the water rides at six flags, but the coaster that she was removed from after we had already got strapped in had a lap bar restraint and people raise both hands while riding so I didnt understand that, along with the fact that she had just got off a ride with shoulder restraints which i would have thought would have been the more risky one if any
     
  7. nikkislaght

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    Couple of years ago. son was in a brace due to a rather crazy fall and break.. Disneyland he had no troubles at any of the rides, thrill seeker that he is.. however at Knotts Berry Farm after 4 rides on the Pony Express they finally saw the brace and banned him from riding. they never told him why.. the only real restrictions I have seen are when transferring from a wheel chair to ride.. if you or a member of your party cant help then you cant ride. ! I would stop at City Hall to get confirmation just to be on the safe side.. or ask someone there already and see if they will stop and ask if you need to convince your cousin before you go..
     
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  8. cobright

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    I think that's pretty common. My particular client was a marine (I know, I called him a soldier... I suck) and he wanted something for looking awesome more than replacing his old hand. I told him when I'm done the rest of the guys in that humvee will wish they had lost their hands too. Yeah, I try to pick my audience for lines like that, not so much this occasion but he thought that it was funny enough. 6 months later he gets to see the first build of his new dress hand...
    [​IMG]

    The Marines did get him the top end Darth Vader grip prosthetic but he doesn't wear it all that often. Mine he wears whenever he wants to look like a superhero.
     
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    Check the Guide for Guests with DisABILITIES for any park you want [cousin] to visit.
    Disneyland doesn't seem to have restrictions regarding appendages https://disneyland.disney.go.com/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/
    Nor does WDW https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/ (both sites require downloading .pdf for specific attraction information.
    Universal Hollywood and Orlando (unable to get links to work) both advise that guests must be able to grasp with one upper extremity.
     
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  10. Shanti

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    Disney is much more professional than Six Flags. They won't be rude or embarrassing to your cousin, or keep her off rides that don't really require two hands. I can't think of any Disney theme park attraction that requires you to hold on, except maybe Flight of Passage at WDW.
     
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  11. Roobear77

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    We have been to Disney 5 times with my DD who was born missing her right arm just above the elbow. Now, in all fairness, she is only 5, but the only things she had not ridden so far are SM, EE and RnR at WDW. Never once has anyone questioned us about her ability to hang on. The rides at Disney are not as thrilling as at other parks, your cousin should have absolutely no issues.
     
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  12. Bearshouse

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    Disney has MOUSE rules. They are the only place in the country in these rules. This means if you feel safe enough riding and meet the height requirements you can ride it. Tell your cousin come have a blast we have seen more then a handful of guests just like your sister in the parks over the years, riding rides and laughing their heads off.


    Every other park in the country has HUGS rules (ie you must hold your head unassisted, have complete upper body control, continuously grasp with BOTH hands, and take a step.)
     
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  13. bumbershoot

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    Not true for ALL rides at other parks.

    Uni (and 6 flags, which I looked up for the op on their other thread) have good info on their disabilities pages that spell it all out.
     
  14. SueM in MN

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    WDW and DL don't have restrictions - generally, if you feel safe riding, you can.
    There may be some very rare situations where a CM may tell you at boarding that you can't ride. My experience at WDW is that it is very rare and if it is a visible issue, it should be noticed before you get to the boarding area in most cases.

    Universal has a lot more intense attractions and more attractions with physical requirements than WDW. This is a link to the Universal Orlando Rider's Guide:
    https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/files/Documents/universal-orlando-riders-guide.pdf
     

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