Published on June 10, 2013

Anaheim, California:

Scootaround is proud to service Anaheim, California, the home of several popular theme park destinations, including the world famous Disneyland Resort. Located in the heart of Orange County, Anaheim was founded in 1857 by German farmers who originally settled the land in order to make wine and grow fruit. Today it stands as the tenth largest city in the state of California and one of the fastest growing centers in the United States.

Transportation:

The John Wayne Airport in Irvine, California is the primary transportation hub in and around Anaheim. Fully accessible, it offers wheelchair and mobility scooter service throughout the airport. Every washroom in the facility is also mobility friendly with large stalls and lowered sinks.

Public transportation in and around Anaheim is coordinated by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), which operates by way of a bus and tram service. For those unable to the regular bus line, the OCTA offers a shared-ride service known as ACCESS. ACCESS provides door-to-door service and same-day taxi accessibility. Please note though, the ACCESS service is only available after the individual has signed and submitted an application form, which is available on the OCTA website.

The Orange County Transportation Authority also states that it operates in compliance with the American with Disabilities Act.

Popular Anaheim tourist attractions that offer accessibility services:

Although most famous for being the home of Disneyland, Anaheim also offers a number of non-Disney related attractions.

The Anaheim Convention Center: Measuring over 1,145,000 square feet in size, the Anaheim Convention Center stands as the largest convention facility in the Western United States. Located directly across from the Disneyland Resort, it has hosted hundreds of notable events throughout the years, including the world-famous Anime Expo, the North American Bridal Show, and NAMM (the International Music Products Association Expo).

The Convention Center offers mobility accessibility in a variety of ways. Not surprisingly, the entire facility is accessible by mobility scooter or wheelchair, with upper levels being reachable by elevator. Handicap parking is also available at the front entrance of the facility while the venue can be reached by way of bus, shuttle or taxi service. There are mobility friendly washrooms within the Anaheim Convention Center, although please note that not everyone bathroom is equipped in such a fashion.

Angel Stadium of Anaheim: Home to Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Angel Stadium has seen its fair share of exciting moments over the years (including a World Series triumph in 2002). It has also played host to a number of notable events, such as numerous college National Football League and NCAA football games, two crusades by televangelist Billy Graham and concerts from the likes of Pink Floyd, Madonna and the Rolling Stones.

The ballpark offers over 500 accessible-friendly seats throughout its confines as well as designated wheelchair sections for those bringing their own mobility equipment. These seats are available at all price levels. Individuals who purchase an accessible seat may also purchase up to three extra tickets for their companions. The main concourse also has enough space for those in wheelchairs to move about.

The City National Grove of Anaheim: The city’s most known small music venue, the City National Grove of Anaheim is an indoor concert facility located less than 2 miles from the Disneyland Resort inside the parking lot of Angel Stadium of Anaheim. First opened as a Hollywood-themed restaurant, the Grove has played host to a number of successful recording artists, including Bob Dylan, James Brown and even the Blue Oyster Cult.

The theatre does offer accessible seating to those with mobility issues, however it must be requested prior to the commencement of any show. The box office must also be alerted ahead of time if patrons with limited mobility require a companion seat. Handicap parking is also available on request.

Knott’s Berry Farm: Located on the site of what was once Walter Knott’s berry farm, this amusement park is one of the busiest in California. Knott’s Berry Farm is also home of the famous “Camp Snoopy”, a group of attractions constructed around the theme of Charles Schulz’ “Peanuts” comic strip characters. Not coincidentally, Snoopy also serves as the official mascot of Knott’s Berry Farm.

Knott’s offers an accessibility service known as the “Guest Assistance Pass”. This pass allows those with mobility issues and one companion to enter certain rides via a special access entrance. Both manual and electric wheelchairs are also available for rent if need be.

All full service restaurants within the amusement park are accessible to guests with mobility issues. This includes the Chicken Dinner Restaurant and the TGI Friday’s.