With summer coming to a close, San Diegans will finally be able to visit the nearby theme parks they know and love but willingly forgo during the busy tourist season. Along with sunscreen and snacks, patrons with mobility issues must consider accessibility while planning their trip, especially if it’s their first visit to a particular park (or the first visit since needing an assistive device). Most theme parks have modernized their attractions for greater accommodation and offer wheelchair or scooter rentals, so check out our park-by-park rental roundup below.
San Diego Zoo & Safari Park
In addition to special parking and rest rooms, and access to shows, tour buses, and exhibits for guests with disabilities, the Zoo and Safari Park offer wheelchairs and scooters for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Rental prices are subject to change and are posted on-site at the rental facility near the park entrance.
The Zoo and Safari Park also offer space on tour buses to store folding wheelchairs, and the parks can accommodate certain “nontraditional” wheelchairs and steerable knee walkers (which are available to rent at PA Healthcare). However, it’s important to note that both parks feature steep grades, so keep that in mind before planning your trip.
Sea World & Aquatica Waterpark
Sea World and Aquatica (the SeaWorld waterpark located in Chula Vista) offer manual and electric wheelchair rentals online or at the Stroller Building located just inside the main entrances. The cost is $15.00 for manual wheelchairs and $59.40 for ECV scooters, with rentals on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sea World also offers Special Access passes that put guests in a “virtual queue” equal to the estimated wait time at a particular ride or attraction so they don’t have to wait in line.
Legoland offers wheelchair rentals for $12.00, ECV scooters for $40.00, and ECVs with a canopy for $45.00. Reservations are not accepted, so you’ll need to arrange for the rental at Minifigure Marketplace near the entrance.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Although manual wheelchairs are available for $15.00 on a first-come, first-serve basis, battery-powered wheelchairs can be reserved for up to eight weeks in advance. The rental cost is $45.00, and both types require a $10.00 cash deposit. Rentals are available at Guest Services in Ghost Town, next to the Geode Shop.
Disneyland & California Adventure
Disneyland and California Adventure offer manual wheelchair rentals for $12.00 and ECV scooter rentals for $50, with both requiring a $20.00 deposit. Reservations are not available. While a rental from one park can be transferred to the other, rentals are not permitted for use in Downtown Disney. However, the parks offer complimentary wheelchairs to travel to and from the Downtown Disney tram loading/unloading area and the Main Entrance Esplanade.
It’s also important to note that while certain attractions at the parks have alternate entrances for guests with wheelchairs and scooters, you’ll still have to wait in line. So be sure to take advantage of the FASTPASS system, in which guests get tickets to ride specific attractions in specific timeframes, bypassing most of the regular line.
Six Flags Magic Mountain
Six Flags Magic Mountain, on the other hand, does offer an Attraction Access Pass for guests with mobility impairments, although you will need to provide a doctor’s note to Guest Services. Additionally, the park offers wheelchair rentals for $25.00 and ECV scooter rentals for $45.00. Both require a $50.00 deposit, and reservations are not available. Bonus: if you bring your own ECV scooter, battery recharging is available at the Rental Center.
Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood features many rides, shows, attractions, escalators and parking structures that are designed to comfortably accommodate guests in wheelchairs. Additionally, the park also offers designated guests-with-disabilities entrances for all the attractions. If you need to rent a wheelchair or scooter, the rental center is just inside the park entrance, across from the Universal Studios Store. Rental fees are $15.00 for wheelchairs, $50.00 for ECV scooters, and both require a $25.00 deposit.
Need to rent a wheelchair or scooter in advance?
Considering that almost every theme park on this list has limited wheelchairs and scooters available and provide no reservations, it might be a good idea to rent one elsewhere before your trip. PA Healthcare offers wheelchair and scooter rentals at great rates, plus walkers, rollators and knee scooters to assist your theme park adventure. We also offer delivery to anywhere in San Diego and Imperial Counties, so call us today!