Darien Lake – Buffalo, NY (July 2017)

When you think about amusement parks, I am sure accessibility is not something you associated with them.  Us either other than Disney World which is fabulous (see previous posts).  Darien Lake is about a 5 hour drive for us and we have children that really wanted to go.  I have been previously without Shawn and he wanted to be a part of the family trip this year of course.

We managed to book an accessible room with 2 twin beds and a standard room adjacent that had 2 queens.  Since there was no way all 4 of us could sleep in a room with 2 twins, we stayed in the queen room and Shawn’s support worker stayed in the twin.  Shawn didn’t mind going next door to use the accessible washroom facilities and our support worker is fabulous and had no issues with doing it this way.

Unfortunately there are no rides that allow a wheelchair user to roll on to.  We kind of figured this was the case.  There is an accessibility guide to the park to reference the accessibility of each ride but all you need to be able to transfer out of the chair.  We also planned to spend a day at the waterpark so knowing the heat would bother Shawn I rented a cabana for the day.  Best decision ever!  Just a nice spot to get out of the summer and relax.

Darien Lake hotel was decent and nothing too fancy.  The pool outside did have a lift so that was nice to see.  The grounds of both the park and the hotel were very accessible and easy for us to navigate with the chair.  It is a bit of walk though so make sure to pack an umbrella if it looks like rain or you will get soaked walking back to the hotel.

Overall a great family trip and even though Shawn was unable to participate in most activities, just having him there and be a part of the fun was amazing!

4 thoughts on “Darien Lake – Buffalo, NY (July 2017)

  1. I like how you live close to me-I’m not a stalker. ! I love some of the trips you post about. I live in Eganville, it’s an hour and a half east of Ottawa.
    Many of the places I know o f. M
    I have progressive MS. I’m in a power wheelchair and the left. The extra weight of the chair, it weighs 300 pounds, means I can’t fly. So driving vacations it is!
    I am thinking 1000 Islands boat trip. It looks like it should be OK.
    My biggest problem is the driver for mymy van and hiring an attendant
    Susie

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  2. There is a relatively new accessible amusement park in the US. I will find the name of it if you would like. It is TOTALLY ACCESSIBLE

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  3. You can totally fly! Shawn’s chair is heavy and we fly all the time. I book accessible travel as well so anytime you want help booking a vacation let me know. I can be reached at info@accessiblegetaways.com. I also have a Facebook page Accessible Getaways that I share information. I love that you find my blog helpful and I will continue to post local information 🙂

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