Rivers of light wheelchair/ECV access

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  1. sjs314

    sjs314 "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and

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    I just booked the dining pkg since I use a ECV and can't do stairs.
    How long before the show starts do you suggest arriving? Or would I've better off getting a fast pass for ROL? TIA
     
  2. mamabunny

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    You don't have to use stairs - there is a ramp. Just tell the CMs that you can't transfer (meaning in this case that you can't walk down the stairs) and that you need to know where the ramp is to get down to the HA seating.
     
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  4. sunset7132

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    We got a dining package, only for seating reasons since I'm in the wheelchair, but I wonder if fast pass would keep me just As safe , the dining package is costly
    And not our taste
     
  5. mamabunny

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    We had only FP+, and had no problems in getting seated appropriately.

    We were there waiting at the very beginning of our FP+ time.
     
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  6. Toffeewoffy

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    We had a FP, and I was directed right round to the entrance opposite the entrance to Expedition Everest. I parked up and walked just two steps down to a bench there and shuffled along it to fill in the space. I don't think it would have made much difference to have a FP or not, tbh, as they were letting people in from at least 4 different places round the central lake.

    It was a pretty good view, although not having a load of people's arms holding up cameras and stuff in our faces would have been preferable! The man behind me basically moaned most of the way through, and I wasn't even videoing the show myself! I noticed that he stood up and leant against the railing behind him for the best part of the show.

    The show is beautiful, though, and well worth the wait.
     
  7. prettygirl

    prettygirl Earning My Ears

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    many areas for ecv and wheelchair in back with good view.
     
  8. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

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    Just FYI - page 2 of this thread has pictures of the accessible seating spots in the Fastpass area.
     
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  9. MouseOfCards

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    That's great. Thank you!
     
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  10. MouseOfCards

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    Thanks for pointing this out; would have missed it otherwise. Great pics!
     
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  11. tink15823

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    I would go to the seating area early and explain everything you just posted . We have always found Disney goes above and beyond to help its guest .
     
  12. married2mm

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    I'm in a wheelchair and have the RoL dining package booked.
    Do you know if we will be seated at the top of the seating or near the water?
     
  13. SueM in MN

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    This photo/map by a poster named Robo shows the different seating areas. The ROL dining package area has accessible seating in both the top and bottom (by the water row).
    Which you end up in will depend on what has already been filled at the time you arrive. The theater is wide and not very deep, so even the top row is not really far from the water. I believe that area is only about 14-16 rows deep.
    The entire theater is stadium seating, so the rows are not directly under each other.
     
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  14. married2mm

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    Thanks ever so much sue-that's marvellous
     
  15. CJN

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    The one thing to remember about the ROL accessible seating is that, at the top at least where I was directed, there is only one seat available for a companion next to each spot for ECV/wheelchair. We ran into a bit of a problem on our last trip. I was with three other people and about the time we were trying to figure out who was going to sit with me, a woman with two daughters was directed into the spot next to me. The daughters were pretty unhappy that only one could sit with mom and the other would have to go sit alone in general seating. So I told them to go ahead and use my companion seat, which meant one ended up on each side of mom. My family then went to sit right at the top of the stadium seating directly below me. While that might sound okay, the problem is the dividing wall is so tall that I couldn’t see them much less talk to them or share popcorn and drinks as planned (although my new friends did share popcorn).

    I *think* the bottom accessibility is more open. In other words even if there’s only one companion seat, other family members can sit right behind or, at least, in close proximity. But if you have more than two in your party make sure you take all this into account and get there early enough to secure the seating you want for the rest of your group.
     
  16. mamabunny

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    The bottom row does have more options for close seating - but you do have to get there early enough that your family members could be seated in the row directly behind you. We were very early with our Fastpasses last time we saw it, but even before we were settled, a family had taken up the entire row directly behind me.
     
  17. xxarwenxx

    xxarwenxx Earning My Ears

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    Thank you for all the information here ... I am trying to find out specifically which is the better seating/view for EVC (cannot transfer) - should we book an FP or the dinner package?
     
  18. SueM in MN

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    I don’t think it actually matters.
    There are a lot of floating elements and they cover the entire water area quite well. This picture was taken from the row along the water in section E in the map above
     
  19. mamabunny

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    I was just talking to Guest Services today about the FP+ for ROL and was told that all "VIP" and FP+ seating is in the same area; the right end as you face the water (the Asia end).

    So, dinner packages, the new "A Path Less Traveled" experience/tour, and FP+ will all be together at the right (Asia) end. As always, there is accessible seating at the top, and at the bottom (first row on the water) in this area.

    Arrive early; there are a limited number of those accessible spots, especially down on the water.
     
  20. xxarwenxx

    xxarwenxx Earning My Ears

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    Thank you both! Perfect and allows me to proceed with the AK part of my planning :)
     
  21. blondietink

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    FYI, there is wheelchair seating at Fantasmic right down in front. You will have to ask specifically for it from a CM and they will have to guide you down there down a ramp from the side of the amphitheater. If there are non-disabled people sitting in the area, they will ask them to move. Be warned, though, you will get wet! But it is great fun!
     

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