arrival day, Friday December 16th was a slow day and fastpasses were not even
being issued for the 9:15 showing of World of Color, we decided to go ahead and
see the show for the second time. We had
known there was a Christmas addition and wanted to see that as well.
thing I had done when we arrived is that I went to City Hall for a Guest
Assistance Card (GAC) because of my knee.
Because I had not rented a scooter I did need my Doctor's note to get
this GAC, so was glad I had it with me.
My problem was that I could not do stairs without incredible pain and I
cannot stand for long periods of time (more than a few minutes actually)
because I can't put my full weight on my right knee.
was my admittance into the Wheelchair viewing for World of Color.
specific color area has its own Wheelchair seating. Blue is the coveted color for optimal viewing
yet its special area has just six benches.
In the yellow and red area there are a higher amount of benches. There are many who are unable to transfer
from a wheelchair to a bench so the extra space without benches was nice to
see. If the area was all benches it would
be next to impossible to fit the wheelchairs and ECV's. We had scoped out the special viewing areas
before the show and since no Fastpasses where issued we were able to choose the
color for our viewing.
going to tape the show so he had not planned on seeing the show from our
vantage point, but Alex stayed with me.
We were told by the Cast Member that Alex could not sit on the bench and
that he couldn't even sit on a bench to wait for others to come. This brought Alex to tears and I understood
how he felt. Another young girl was
horribly upset, enough so that the whole party stood together.
frustrating about this was that the people next to me had 1 (one) GAC yet both
of them could sit on the bench. The two
benches in the back remained empty at the start of the show, so able bodied people
sat down on them. Alex sat on the cold
hard ground for the whole show.
I think about this, the more angry I become.
Walt Disney built Disneyland so
FAMILIES could go there and have fun together.
He did not build it so families could be forced not to sit together. So that is problem number one with the
number two is that the benches are set up at the rail and the rail is higher
than the benches. During the whole show
those of us sitting had to look through the metal railing to view the
show. This is not optimal viewing. A better option would be to move the benches
to the back of the viewing area so we are not directly on the rail. Add more benches because the area is large
enough that several more benches could be added, but continue to keep space for
the wheelchairs and ECV's. Then have
those who can't sit on a bench sit in front of the benches. Sitting so that they don't block the view.
would really like is for Disney to allow family members to all sit on the
benches. In order to do this they need
more than just four benches in this seating area. It is nice that they have special seating
areas for those in need, but they didn't think this through very well and
because of this those who have any form of disability are treated like second
who are in a wheelchair or an ECV I recommend you don't transfer to a
bench. Your own seat is probably a bit
higher than the bench and that may put your viewing level over the rail. Also, if you keep your seat you have a large
open area to choose your seat from and can be a bit further back so the rail
plays no part in your viewing experience.
are not in a wheelchair or ECV, check the viewing possibilities between the
front row and back row of bench seating to see which is better for you. You may find that the back row is a better
spot because you are a bit higher than the front row.
Disney for giving us this area where we can sit on a bench or on the ground
instead of having to stand and be in pain during the whole show. But Disney please allow families to sit
together. This would obviously have to
be first come first served but that is how everything works at Disneyland, so why have this change for special World of
remember. If you have a GAC arrive early
to your designated color meeting location so that you can choose your spot
rather than it being chosen for you. If
I had it to do over again I would still have used my GAC but I would have taken
more time to choose my seat, and I would have put Alex on the bench with me. Also, if you get a chance during the daytime
check out the viewing areas before you have to get in the queue for your
color. Each viewing area is toward the
back of their respective colors. This is
a GOOD thing as this area is tiered so that you don't have heads in your
way. If you are able to choose your own
color because of low crowd levels you want to choose the area that looks best
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