Some attractions have moving walkways. How do you handle them if you have mobility problems, ride a wheelchair or an ECV? Here’s everything you need to know!
First, most of these walkways are located in the ride boarding and deboarding areas. Guests step onto the walkway to get to the ride cars. The ride cars should move at the same pace as the walkway.
Take a look at a video I found that shows the moving walkway on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in Magic Kingdom. You’ll see the moving walkway section of the video at 0:48 seconds in:
Most of the moving walkways can be slowed and stopped. Some can only be slowed, and some can’t be slowed or stopped at all. Guests with visible mobility needs (i.e. canes, walkers, wheelchairs, ECVs) should be directed toward the accessible boarding area. If your mobility need is not visible, just let a cast member know that you need to have the moving walkway slowed or stopped.
Keep in mind that cast members don’t usually stop the walkways completely to avoid disrupting the ride; however most moving walkways can be stopped if needed. Just let the cast member know if you need this. The moving walkways can only be controlled when boarding or deboarding at the accessible boarding areas. Cast Members at the regular boarding areas can only do emergency slows or stops (for example, if someone trips).
There are a few attractions that have moving walkways that can’t be slowed or stopped, all in Magic Kingdom at Disney World:
- Peter Pan at Magic Kingdom could not be slowed or stopped, except for emergencies, however we’ve recently heard from someone we know who has seen it stopped several times of late. We’re now thinking that it will be up to the Cast Members and might depend on crowd levels. This is not something that can be counted on, so ask a Cast Member at the entrance.
- Pirates of the Caribbean – This ride has a moving ramp at the deboarding area which takes guests back up to the ground level, and it can’t be slowed or stopped. There is an elevator which bypasses this though.
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority – This ride has a moving ramp that takes guests up to the raised boarding station, and another one that takes guests back down to ground level. These can’t be bypassed, slowed or stopped. There are also moving walkways at the boarding and deboarding areas which can be slowed.
At this writing, all other attractions with moving walkways can be slowed or stopped at the accessible boarding areas.
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