Disabled Woman Denied Access to Disneyland

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California told Disneyland it must consider permitting use of Segways by disabled people in its theme park.  A Segway is a two-wheeled mobility device operated while standing.

The dispute arose when Disneyland denied the request of a disabled woman, who suffered from limb girdle muscular dystrophy, to use a Segway in the park rather than a motorized wheelchair.  The disabled woman wanted to celebrate the birthday of eight-year-old daughter by taking her to the happiest place on earth.  She wanted to use a Segway rather than a motorized wheelchair because the Segway would enable her to remain standing, which she prefers because her disability makes it very difficult for her to stand up from a seated position.

The Court of Appeals in California held that federal law required Disneyland to consider permission of Segway-use by people with disabilities: “As new devices become available, public accommodations must consider using or adapting them to help disabled guests have an experience more akin to that of non-disabled.”  In order to disallow the Segway, Disneyland will have to demonstrate at trial how its usage would be unreasonably dangerous to patrons.

To read the news article from the Los Angeles Times, click here.