- from Walt Disney World® with Disabilities
by Stephen Ashley
Just to give you an idea
of it's like, we've featured two attraction descriptions below
from the book. We give you the
most in-depth descriptions of each attractions "feel" and
experience. Please enjoy!
Cautions: Heart problems, blood
pressure issues, back or neck problems, motion sickness,
difficulty keeping yourself upright at angles, pain
issues of any kind, headaches, problem with sudden
temperature changes, fear of the dark, fear of heights,
vertigo, allergies, lights with a spinning motion
Quick Notes: Ride in a car through its testing
with sharp hairpin turns, sudden braking, skidding, and
riding over bumpy surfaces, through hot and cold
chambers, and over 50-degree banked curves at high
This is one of Epcot’s more popular attractions. The story is
that you are taking a car through testing on a GM proving
ground—taking sharp hairpin turns, sudden braking, skidding,
riding over bumps and harsh road surfaces, going through very
hot and freezing cold chambers, sudden acceleration, climbing
a hill and riding
along 50-degree banked curves which have you almost sideways at 60
miles per hour. The top car speed is 65 mph, but it can feel
faster as you are in an open car. You also go in hot and cold
temperature chambers. The monitor in your car will say that
there’s a 100-degree difference in temperature between the rooms, but it’s far less than that in actuality.
Personally, I find that this ride is not roller-coaster scary or
even as physically demanding as most of the thrill rides. I did
not experience any irritation or discomfort with my back or
neck, nor did several others that we’ve heard from who have back
and neck issues.
Sarah has chosen not
to ride this one. The cars travel over different types of
surfaces, such as bumpy cobblestone. This bothers her even in a
real car on a real street. Though not very severe for most
people, the series of bumps could be uncomfortable for people
with very sensitive back and neck problems. If this would
bother you in a regular car in the real world, then you should
definitely avoid this attraction. Sudden stops as well as
50-degree banked curves may put a demand on the body as well.
There is one moment where it looks like you will crash through a
wall, but of course you don’t. There is also
a point where a robot is supposed to be spraying corrosion fluid
at your car, but it’s only water and you don’t really get wet. A
strong odor that smells like battery acid is pumped in this
room, so those who are sensitive may want to breathe through a
The ride car is a 6-passenger (two rows of three people) ride
vehicle with no top. The seats are like auto bucket seats with
a headrest. The people in the outside seats have
shoulder/lap-style belts, and the people in the middle have only
lap belts. The back row is tight on legroom. The front row has
Also let a cast member know if you need a grab bar, which is
available to help you pull yourself from the wheelchair into the
ride car. You can request a seat cushion. If you feel you
will have trouble stepping down into the car, you can request to
transfer at the seatbelt stop. There is a shorter step there.
You can also use the seat as a step.
There is light that spins in the queue, and you will also see
this many times during the ride. You will pass by many still
lights in darkened areas. There is one point where it looks like
a truck’s headlights are coming at you. If you are riding on a
sunny day, there’s a section where you go from a dark indoor
area to bright sunlight. During the heat test, there are
several rows of bright heat lamps on both sides of the vehicle.
There was a post-show ride with a simulation and a film called
Dreamchaser, however it’s been removed.
Since part of the ride is outdoors, they will shut it down if
there is lightning within five miles. If a thunderstorm
threatens, you may wish to skip this attraction and come back
another time. Some folks find the outside portion more exciting
at night, as the darkness can make for more of a thrill.
Unfortunately, this ride is known for breaking down more
frequently than some of the others. If you happen to be on it
at the time, don’t panic. They’ll get you going again soon. If
they need to evacuate the guests, you will either need to walk
over stairs and through narrow passages, or wait to be evacuated
by cast members. This is quite rare, however. It is almost
always possible for the ride vehicles to be brought back to the
station, even if it is at a very low rate of speed.
Time: There is approximately a 3-minute pre-show. The ride
is approximately 5 minutes.
You must transfer from your wheelchair or ECV to the ride
Service animals are not allowed on this ride.
The height requirement is 40" (102 cm) or taller.
Video Caption-ready monitors are available.
Assistive listening devices can be used at this attraction.
Attraction translation device units can be used at this
Honey, I Shrunk The Audience
Fear of mice, fear of snakes, fear of dark, fear of
lions, pain and back problems, allergies, problems with
loud noises, strobe lights, tactile sensitivities. Some
people with epilepsy and vertigo may have difficulty
with 3-D effects. Other conditions such as autism can
cause sensitivity to the 3-D and 4-D effects as well.
Fun 3-D movie with sensory and other special effects,
some of which are startling or scary to the very
sensitive. Very mild seat jolts, small
amount of smoke in front of the room, water
sprayed. There’s a sensory effect meant to
simulate mice running at ankle level.
This movie never gets old for us. Even with age, it does not
feel dated and we find it great fun. We also find that this
attraction is considered by many Disney fans to be a “must see”
attraction. This is a 3-D experience that includes real-life
effects designed to make it even more realistic. The cast of
the hit film Honey’ I Blew Up The Kid reunite. In this movie,
Professor Wayne Szalinski (Rick Moranis) is given the Inventor
of the Year Award from Dr. Nigel Channing (Eric Idle), when a
demonstration with his shrinking machine shrinks you and the
entire audience. The 3-D effects are really convincing. Things
seem to really come off the screen and appear right in front of
Some of the effects can be startling and even give you a moment
of fright. They can be sudden, and when they appear to be
within inches of you it can be scary. You can always remove
your glasses to see it’s just a 3-D effect and not real. We
generally prefer to avoid scary attractions, but we find this
more fun than scary. Still, some sensitive folks and some
children will find this too intense. You will hear screaming
throughout the theater as the surprises unfold, usually followed
by a lot of laughter. Only the most sensitive will find it
really disturbing. We’ve heard an occasional crying child.
Don’t read the following paragraph if you don’t want any scares
spoiled in advance!
Some of the effects do seem designed to scare, such as a cat
that suddenly turns into a lion and a huge snake that appears to
come right to you and snap at you. There are effects you will
only experience in the theater seat. For example, in the film a
huge number of mice are replicated and supposedly escape into
the audience. There is a little tassel-type thing that rubs
your legs to simulate the feeling that a mouse just ran by. The
audience always screams at this point, but for most it’s more
fun than truly scary. If you wish to avoid this effect, keep
your legs raised or up on the seat if you’re limber or small.
You can also try explaining in advance that it’s not really a
mouse, but a tassel under the seat that’s supposed to feel like
The seats are theater style with backs and some padding. The
seats do have some motion, though it is relatively mild in our
experience. For example, when you are “shrunk,” the entire
theater is supposedly picked up by a child who walks away with
it. The seats give faint jolts along with the child’s
If you would prefer to avoid this effect and you have a
wheelchair, you may wish to view the show from your wheelchair.
You will miss the other tactile effects, though. Sarah is
incredibly sensitive to motion, but she is able to handle the
regular seats for this attraction. It may be a bit irritating
to her condition, but it is not enough to cause any lasting
increase in her pain levels.
The entire audience gets sprayed with water when a dog sneezes.
There is also some steam that comes out of the speaker’s podium
in front of the auditorium. It didn’t seem to flood the entire
room. If you sit toward the back you should be able to avoid
the steam. There are some loud noises and some wind is blown at
you. There are light effects including electrical bolts,
flashing and strobe-type lights.
A pre-show in a fairly dark room sets up the story for the 3-D
movie. There is no seating there, but you can stay in your
wheelchair. The floor is slanted, but the wheelchair area in
the back is level. There are rows of multiple screens so
everyone can see, and there is closed captioning on some of the
screens. If you find it hard to stand, you may get away with
sitting on the floor all the way to the right. Try to have
someone from your party stand to your left so that you don’t get
stepped on by the crowd.
If you are uncomfortable with the 3-D effects you can watch the
monitor to the left of the 3-D movie screen instead. Take off
your glasses and watch the show as a 2-D movie. Of course this
carries a lot less impact, but that may be better for people who
have fears, visual problems or certain types of vertigo. Keep
in mind that this screen is turned off during the segment when
the audience is “shrunk”.
You must wear the 3-D glasses provided by Disney in order to get
the 3-D effect; these fit over your own glasses.
Time: There is a 5-minute introduction and a 13-minute film.
Reflective captioning is available.
Video Caption-ready monitors are available.
Assistive listening devices that amplify the audio can be
used at this location.
Guests may use attraction translation device units.
You can remain in your wheelchair or ECV. Please note that
because of limited seating only one person can sit right
next to the person in the wheelchair. The rest of your
party should be able to get seats in the row in front of the
Guests with service animals should
check with the cast member to be sure your animal can handle
what the book offers you, please view the details of the Walt
Disney World with Disabilities guide book here:
What the book covers
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Rides & Attractions
- Samples of ride descriptions you'll find in the book
Table of Contents
- For the guide book
- What's covered about each park
in the book
What's covered in the guide book about the resorts
- What's covered in the book on dealing with special needs
- What people say about Walt Disney World with Disabilities
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