When people talk about using a conversion van to transport passengers who use wheelchairs, they’re usually talking about traveling to doctor appointments, getting to work or visiting family and friends. And while those are all excellent reasons to consider a wheelchair conversion van, there is also another important use for these vehicles: getting people out to have fun!
There is no question that via a mobility van improves quality of life. But having a respite from the day-to-day routines of work and appointments can also add an entirely new dimension to the lives of those with limited mobility.
Off to Exciting Adventures
With summer just around the corner, many families are planning their vacations. And having a family member with a disability shouldn’t deter families from considering a visit to one of the country’s many theme parks. The fact is, many theme parks offer wheelchair accessibility, so nobody should be left out of having fun.
Families that have wheelchair conversion vans can transport everyone to a theme park without any problem. They provide access to fun adventures that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. There are also used conversion vans available, and some locations offer rentals. Just be aware that a used vehicle may not meet your specific needs.
Ok, the van is ready, the weather is beautiful, and you’re off to exciting adventures. Where to go? Let’s look at what’s available!
• Consider starting with Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas – the world’s first entirely accessible water amusement park. The park is designed especially for children with special needs and disabilities in mind. The best part: wheelchairs can easily navigate the entire park – and those with special needs or disabilities can enjoy free admission!
• Want a wet and wild adventure? Head over to Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana. The park has won awards for being the cleanest and friendliest park in the world! All shops and restaurants are wheelchair accessible, as are many of their rides and attractions.
• Cedar Fair Parks feature eleven parks from Ohio to North Carolina. They feature Ride Boarding Passes for guests with restricted mobility and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Those passes provide guest=s with a boarding time so they can skip the line, and they also have alternate access entrances available on many of their rides.
• Six Flags operates 18 amusement and water parks that feature Equal Access Passes that feature alternate entrance access and boarding times. Mobility impaired guests and their companions can avoid waiting in lines while waiting to access the ride or attraction.
• No list would be complete without Disneyland and Disney World. They’re well known for the hospitality, fun, and accommodation of all guests. Both Disney parks offer Access service Cards for guests with disabilities, so they can return to the attraction later and skip waiting in line. They also have accessibility guides for those guests who have mobility, hearing, visual or cognitive disabilities, making it easier for all to enjoy the parks.
• Seaworld in San Diego and Orlando offer the best wheelchair accessible aquatic parks anywhere. Their Special Access Pass offers disabled guests prescheduled boarding times for all rides. They will even create a customized itinerary for guests based on the guests’ interests and needs.
• Legoland, with many locations, has many accessible shops, restaurants, and shows. Also, many of their park’s attractions are wheelchair accessible, as are many of their rides if the guest can transfer from a wheelchair with the assistance of a helper. They also feature Hero Passes, letting guests skip waiting in line.
Many other parks feature wheelchair accessible fun, but with a list like this, it’s going to be an exciting summer for the entire family!