Orlando is a magnet, attracting millions of tourists each year to its magical theme parks - but you already knew that. And if you’ve read our Accessible Attractions guide, you’ll know there's a range of wheelchair-friendly thrills across many major theme parks - from Disney World to Legoland Florida and even the Peppa Pig park.
However, did you know O-Town’s charm extends well past its famous rollercoasters to more accessible finds? Travel beyond the expected with this alternative guide, and discover all the best wheelchair-accessible attractions Orlando has to offer…
Head down International Drive to the topsy-turvy world of WonderWorks. Designed to portray a tornado-ravaged science laboratory swept miles away and toppled on its head, you’ll find exciting exhibits in its quirky quarters. Engage with interactive displays in this scientific showroom where fun and facts collide.
Science doesn’t discriminate, and neither does WonderWorks. The zany workshop is wheelchair-friendly, offering elevator access to all levels. You can rent a wheelchair for a fee, and if you require special assistance, contact WonderWorks 72 hours prior for them to reasonably accommodate your needs.
Orlando Science Museum
Budding Einsteins and stargazing Galileos will have an electrifying time at the Orlando Science Museum. Immerse yourself in multiple hands-on expos on nature, prehistoric animals, and space. And once you’re done experimenting, head to the eight-story wheelchair-friendly Dr Phillips CineDome, where science-themed films capture your imagination and attention.
The Orlando Science Museum has accessible parking, restrooms, and elevator access on every floor, allowing you to move freely in this exploratory world. There are limited wheelchairs available at the entrance, and service animals are allowed entry.
Orlando City Soccer Club
Missing out on the spirit of your local football team? Save your hearty cheer for the Orlando City Soccer Club. Support the purple-clad lions at their home grounds as they represent their city in America’s Major League Soccer.
Watch a game at the Exploria Stadium with wheelchair-accessible seating on the grounds and at 100 levels. You can request wheelchair assistance from the Exploria Stadium entry to your designated seat for a seamless pregame setup. There is also an ADA drop-off at the corner of Glenn Lane and Church Street for your convenience or if you plan on having one too many.
Orlando Magic NBA Game
Orlando’s allure extends beyond Disney's magical parks to the basketball courts. Get swept up in the buzz at Amway Center, home to the Orlando Magic and players of the National Basketball Association. Absorb the crowd’s delirious energy as players dart at lightning speed across the court.
The Amway Center welcomes guests in wheelchairs with its accessible amenities. Park on the accessible 5th floor, where a pedestrian bridge links to the electrifying stadium. There is wheelchair-friendly seating in the Amway Center, where three companions can join you in eating corndogs and slurping sodas during the game.
After enjoying the jubilant crowds at Orlando’s sporting events, head outside in the Orlando sunshine for an adventure amongst Florida’s wildlife. Dare to encounter one of Florida’s most savage animals? Then Gatorland’s accessible park is calling your name.
Wander the wheelchair-friendly paths in Gatorland’s flat marshy land, where over 2,000 alligators call home. Pluck up the courage to ride the accessible Gator Gauntlet, a hammock-style zipline soaring 350 feet over the reptilian breeding swamp.
Gatorland’s staff ensure wheelchair users soak in all the gator glory, especially when some activities are inaccessible. In these instances, such as in the sand pit, staff bring the animals to wheelchair guests for a one-of-a-kind, up-close encounter.
From gator bogs to Orlando’s waterholes, explore the theme park capital from a wheelchair-accessible swan boat on Lake Eola. Holding up to five people, enjoy a peaceful ride on the pedal-powered pontoon. Bask in downtown Orlando’s cityscape, perfectly reflected in the calm lake water.
After your boating cruise, admire the scenic Lake Eola from the 0.9-mile wheelchair-friendly circular path. You’ll feel far removed from downtown Orlando on the nature trail with echoing birdsong and forested foliage.
Kennedy Space Center
Why stop at the lakes when you can reach for the stars at Kennedy Space Center? While technically not in Orlando, the Cape Canaveral space park is a 50 minute journey away. It's a short drive for an otherworldly escape.
Kennedy Space Center ensures guests with accessibility needs are not left behind. You can dine with an astronaut, relive Apollo 8's moon landing, and take in the fascinating size of Saturn V, the largest rocket ever launched into space. Ever wondered how it feels to propel into orbit? Emulate your astronaut dreams on the wheelchair-friendly Shuttle Launch Experience, a spaceship simulator.
Board park buses with wheelchair lifts to access the centre’s top attractions. Enter the IMAX Theatre’s ground-floor accessible seating to watch captivating space-themed films. If you're lucky enough, your cosmic exploration may coincide with a rocket launch. The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has front-row wheelchair seating for viewing spaceships firing into the galaxy.
Sandy beaches and azure waters are not usually associated with Orlando, but they're just a short drive away. Similarly to the Kennedy Space Center, Daytona Beach is an hour's journey from Central Florida's playground and is a doable day trip.
One of Florida's most accessible bays, Daytona Beach's quartz sand is so firmly packed that even cars can drive on its sturdy shore - never mind wheelchairs. If Orlando's heat has you dreaming of the ocean, head to Daytona Beach for a fun day out. Several ramps lead to the sandy bay, where free-hire beach wheelchairs are available.
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