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WDW Tip of the Week: Know Before You Go – Accessible Attraction Transfers

My visits to Walt Disney World involve a little more planning then most people’s.  There are certain attractions that I am not able to experience anymore, but I’m fine with that since I still have memories of riding on them with my family and especially my grandma.  Because I use a wheelchair and cannot transfer onto attractions alone, I like to know before I go about what type of transfer I will need to do.  There are some attractions where I can just roll onto a special ride vehicle, while others require a complete transfer.  Below is a list from Walt Disney World Resort that shows what type of transfer is required for accessible attractions at all four theme parks.


Attraction Access Categories

Walt Disney World attractions offer access for Guests with mobility disabilities in the following categories:

  • May remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Must be ambulatory
  • Must transfer from wheelchair/ECV to ride vehicle
  • Must transfer from ECV to wheelchair
  • Must transfer from ECV to wheelchair, and from wheelchair to ride vehicle


May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV

Accessible Attractions at Walt Disney World

These attractions allow Guests to remain in their wheelchair or Electric Conveyance Vehicle (ECV) during the experience.

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Raft to Tom Sawyer Island
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Liberty Square Riverboat
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor


  • Advanced Training Lab
  • Innoventions
  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Turtle Talk with Crush and Bruce’s Shark World)
  • The Circle of Life
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • ImageWorks – The “What If” Labs
  • Mexico Folk Art Gallery
  • Stave Church Gallery
  • Reflections of China
  • House of Whispering Willows
  • The American Adventure
  • America Gardens Theatre
  • Bijutsu-kan Gallery
  • Gallery of Arts and History
  • Impressions de France
  • O Canada!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Walt Disney Presents
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Fantasmic!
  • Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
  • Star Wars Launch Bay

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

  • Tree of Life Garden
  • Discovery Island Trails
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • The Boneyard
  • Dino-Sue
  • Fossil Fun Games
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail
  • Wildlife Express Train
  • Flights of Wonder
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Conservation Station
  • Rivers of Light

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Tike’s Peak


Must Be Ambulatory

These attractions require Guests to walk by themselves or be assisted by members of their party.

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

  • Summit Plummet
  • Downhill Double Dipper

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Keelhaul Falls
  • Mayday Falls
  • Gangplank Falls
  • Humunga Kowabunga
  • Storm Slides
  • Bay Slides


Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV to Ride Vehicle

Access ramp for Mad Tea Party at Magic Kingdom Transferring to Pirates of the Caribbean

These attractions require Guests to transfer from their wheelchair or ECV—by themselves or with assistance from their party—to a ride vehicle.

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Splash Mountain (transfer device also available)
  • Haunted Mansion
  • The Barnstormer
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Tea Party (transfer device also available)
  • Astro Orbiter
  • Tomorrowland Speedway (transfer device also available)
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train


  • Soarin’
  • Mission: SPACE (transfer device also available)
  • Test Track
  • Frozen Ever After

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

  • Kali River Rapids (transfer device also available)
  • Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
  • Primeval Whirl
  • Na’vi River Journey (transfer device also available)

Blizzard Beach

  • Slush Gusher
  • Teamboat Springs
  • Toboggan Racers
  • Snow Stormers
  • Runoff Rapids
  • Cross Country Creek
  • Teamboat Springs

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Park

  • Castaway Creek
  • Crush ‘n’ Gusher
  • Miss Adventure Falls


Must Transfer from ECV to Wheelchair

Accessible Attractions at Walt Disney World - Under the Sea Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Guests must transfer to a wheelchair provided at the attraction. At some attractions listed below, the transfer will occur at the entrance, while at other attractions, the transfer will be made within the building or queue.

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Walt Disney World Railroad
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • “it’s a small world”
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Stitch’s Great Escape
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Prince Charming Regal Carrousel


  • The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Living with the Land
  • Behind the Seeds
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Toy Story Mania!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

  • Affection Section
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • TriceraTop Spin

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Park

  • Chairlift
  • Melt-Away Bay
  • Ski Patrol Training Camp

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

  • Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool
  • Ketchakiddee Creek


Must Transfer from ECV to Wheelchair, and from Wheelchair to Ride Vehicle

The following attractions require Guests to transfer to an available wheelchair at the attraction, then to transfer from the wheelchair to the ride vehicle. At some attractions below, the transfer to an available wheelchair will occur at the entrance. At others, the transfer to an available wheelchair will occur within the building or queue.

Magic Kingdom Park

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Space Mountain


  • Spaceship Earth

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith (transfer device also available)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

  • Avatar Flight of Passage (transfer device also available)



This information was obtained from the Walt Disney World website, and could be subject to change.

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I hope this helps you better navigate your way through WDW, for further information on mobility questions please click here.


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