My son Neil had a great experience at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, Ontario. Neil is a wheelchair user, but can bear weight, and can move (take a few steps) with support. I did some research before going to Wonderland because I was nervous, however I didn’t find a lot of favourable accessibility reviews. I’m sharing our family’s tips that made for a fun time for everyone! I hope our positive experience can help other families, although, I also recommend doing more research for your own family’s needs.
When You Arrive:
The accessible parking spots at Canada’s Wonderland are plentiful and beside the entrance to the park, making it a short trip to start the fun! Be sure to stop first at Guest Services and get a Boarding Pass to use throughout the day. This pass allows you to use the exit lanes to gain entry to each ride without needing to wait in the entrance lines or navigate a wheelchair or walker through the crowds. Most rides let us in immediately, but some ride operators made us wait until the assigned time on our pass sheet.
Rides that Could Accommodate Neil’s Mobility Challenges:
This was the fun part for all of us! Neil had the best time and the employees who worked at the rides were all willing to help throughout the day. Many even went above and beyond what was expected of them.
Here are the rides that could accommodate my son, despite his mobility challenges:
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