Is it possible for someone in a wheelchair to have a pleasant experience at an amusement park?  I keep wondering, because it has yet to happen to me.

I guess the problem I have is that there are so many rules and regulations at amusement parks.  Part of them are for good measure; they’re needed to keep us safe, but there are some rules that are a bit over the top.

For example, I was told that I couldn’t ride a carousel at an amusement park. An upside down roller-coaster I can understand, but a carousel?  I was a bit surprised.  But what can you do?  Just roll away….

As a quad, there are a lot of rides I can’t go on.  Rollercoasters are usually out, unless they have some really great strapping mechanism for both upper body and lower (have yet to see), but I can go on quite a number of “kiddie” rides.  The Til-a-Whirl, The Scrambler, those cool cars on tracks that if you ride with another person you can totally go on.

But some amusement parks will even make you fill out a form (becoming the status quo) once you arrive.  They’ll give you a paper that tells you which rides you can go on (usually very limited).  It can be a bummer.  In the past, I would just show up at an amusement park with my trusty friend and have them help me onto rides that I knew I could handle.  Unfortunately, there are people that have pushed their limits and ruined the rest of the fun for us.

I will say however that I had a pretty good time at Disneyland several years ago.  There were a ton of rides I could go on, and they had some really actually positive ru