Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > disABILITIES!
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-26-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
Michigan
Mom of the Rolling Crew
 
Michigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Westland, MI in the summer Clermont, FL in the Winter
Posts: 2,093

Characters in Flight wheelchair lift

My youngest daughter and I went on the Characters in Flight balloon today and it was awesome.




__________________
Snowbird living the dream 8 miles from Disney Oct-April
Michigan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
SueM in MN
It's like combining the teacups with a roller coaster

 
SueM in MN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Twin Cities area,Minnesota,USA
Posts: 30,730
DISboards Moderator

Cool!
Thanks for the great pics!

Once she was on the balloon, was there anything to secure the wheelchair?
Were the sides low enough for her to see out?
__________________
SueM in MN
Moderator of disABILITIES
Link to disABILITIES FAQs thread

Spaceship Earth: We are all passengers together.
Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans......John Lennon
Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. Dr. Maya Angelou
trip report link in Memory of eternaldisneyfan, who lived these words: Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr
SueM in MN is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 11-26-2012, 10:08 PM   #3
Michigan
Mom of the Rolling Crew
 
Michigan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Westland, MI in the summer Clermont, FL in the Winter
Posts: 2,093

Quote:
Originally Posted by SueM in MN View Post
Once she was on the balloon, was there anything to secure the wheelchair?
Were the sides low enough for her to see out?
No, there isn't anything to secure the chair other then it's brakes. When you turn the chair it pretty much wedges it in. Other then the 3 bumps and they tell you when you will feel it right before it happens it is very smooth.

Yes, as you can see in this picture the sides were low enough for her to see out.


__________________
Snowbird living the dream 8 miles from Disney Oct-April
Michigan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2012, 01:02 AM   #4
WheeledTraveler
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 767

I did Characters in Flight about a year ago. They ended up needing me to transfer to their wheelchair because mine was a little wide for the entrance to the balloon or something. My personaly wheelchair is has an 18x18" seat, but due to some weird axel stuff the chair is about 27 1/2" wide. It worked okay for me because my personal chair has bad brakes and theirs has good brakes. That said, even with their wheelchair (which I would not recommend for Pooh sized folks because it fit me well and I'm not particularly large) I couldn't turn to the outside. That ended up working fine when I went because my neck is fused so I can't turn it around as much as I can and we ended up being up there as the fireworks were going in both MK and EPCOT so because I was faced in a more "neutral" direction I could turn to see both, whereas if I'd been pointed just outside on where I was in the ring of the basket, I wouldn't have been able to turn enough. I'm 5'4" standing and probably about 3' 6" seated and could see over the edge without too much problem. To get off, I had to go all the way around the circle because there wasn't room to turn around or anything. I actually really loved doing it and would go again.

The one major warning I'd have is that, along with obviously not being good if you have problems with heights, it can also get a bit rough. When I went we ended up being the last flight of the night because while we were up the winds hit 23mph and they have to stop running the balloon once the wind hits 20mph. While it's a very solid balloon, 23mph at the top of their tether does create a fair bit of motion. One of the friends I was with had suggested going up because she's been trying to conquer a fear of heights and she was ultimately okay with it, but there was definitely some non-child friendly language coming out of her on the way up. Once we hit the top she was better. It probably didn't help her on the way up that we were a bunch of geeks and another friend was asking a bunch of technical questions. That said, the answers he was getting made me feel even more safe.

You can see a picture of me on Characters in Flight at http://www.lczajkowski.com/2011/11/04/uds-p-day-4/ at the bottom of the post. (Not my photo so I don't want to upload directly here) The friend who wrote that post is the one with the fear of heights so the paragraph above the photo is a description of her experience.
WheeledTraveler is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:23 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.