My children loved Adventureland when they were kids. My granddaughter will be old enough to enjoy it the next time she visits New York. I had not been there in many years. At the invitation of Bob Amoruso, I found myself visiting on a beautiful autumn day.
As I entered the driveway off Route 110 I found three handicapped parking spaces quite close to the entrance. There is also a “drop-off” area here. About ¼ of a mile further down the driveway I found another entrance and two large parking areas with more handicapped spaces. Mr. Amoruso explained that if handicapped parking is needed and there are no available spaces, they will make it happen.
Adventureland has been a mainstay on Long Island since 1962. It is an inviting, fully-enclosed (fencing all around), amusement park with lots of rides and attractions to entertain the family. It has a nostalgic look, fun atmosphere, is very clean, and seems to me to be just the right size for a local venue. Brick pavers are underfoot, and lots of benches abound if anyone needs a rest. Most of the park is relatively flat but there are some slight uphill areas. One will find many food choices, from an indoor, sit-down family style restaurant, to food stations around the park. Many tables (some wheelchair accessible) and benches are located near the food venues.
Mr. Amoruso was kind enough to show me around, explaining how many of the rides are accessible to people with disabilities, and how people with special needs are helped in an unobtrusive manner. Whether it is a ramp to a ride, the ability to enter a ride through the exit, or having someone help the person onto the ride itself, staff is trained to help out. As he described some of the ways that they are able to assist special needs families he pointed out a young lady with special needs who is a regular at the park. As she went from ride to ride I could see the happiness in her face and the sense of calmness in her father as he watched. How wonderful! Special needs requests and passes can be discussed in person at City Hall (near the bumper cars and indoor arcade), or on the phone. Contact Guest Services at (631) 694 – 6868 ext 0 to discuss your specific needs.
Some of the outdoor and arcade games have been configured to accommodate kids in wheelchairs. Seats have been removed so that someone in a wheelchair can easily reach to play the games. Adventureland’s website describes the specifics of each ride so parents can plan in advance what is available to their children (based on height requirements, type of ride, etc).
Mr. Amoruso spoke with obvious passion about Adventureland and what they do to accommodate everyone, including those with special needs. He genuinely cares about everyone having as good a time as he/she possibly can. As I left I couldn’t help but think about how Adventureland provides a fun time for all!
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms (with baby-changing stations) are located near the party area and in the arcade. A single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible, family restroom is located in the 3 Generations Food Court Plaza.
As always, we at Destination:Accessible urge you to check a venue’s website, www.adventureland.us, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”