Just back from eight days in Amsterdam with my 25-year old friend, who gets about primarily in a wheelchair . 3)      Steps are everywhere and will limit access.  If you can manage any steps at all, you will increase your access. If you have not been to Amsterdam, you may not understand what a “world treasure” this gem of a city on canals truly is.
After experimenting, we quickly learned that the best place for the wheelchair was either in the bike lane or on a wide sidewalk.
Not once did we hear objection to a wheelchair in either a bike lane or a very narrow streets shared by all sorts of vehicles.
The trip was Carrieanna’s graduation present for earning her bachelor’s degree from California State University – Monterey Bay, after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  She says, “Don’t say it cannot be done until you have tried.”  So, go for Amsterdam, wheels … or not!
Storybook Land Canal Boats is an attraction at Disneyland and Disneyland Paris (under the name of Le Pays des Contes de Fees). The ride's concept dates back to Walt Disney's plans for a small park across the street from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. When plans for the much grander Disneyland were being made, there was to be a "Lilliputianland", inspired by Madurodam, a miniature city in the Netherlands that Walt once visited.
However, the technology did not yet exist for creating the miniature animated figures that were to inhabit the "Lilliputian" village, so the canal ride opened under the name Canal Boats of the World.


After only two months of operation, the attraction closed on September 16, 1955 while Storybook Land was constructed and the muddy banks were landscaped with miniature plants, including a bonsai tree planted by Walt Disney himself. On December 7, 2014, an announcement was made about "Frozen Fun", which dealt with bringing various experiences to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure based on Frozen. For the park's 50th Anniversary, the Tinkerbell boat was painted gold and the lighthouse was given a gold and maroon theme. The Disneyland version of the attraction features small motorboats with a live cast member hosting and narrating the journey.
Instead of being guided by a cast member, the Disneyland Paris version of the attraction has no narration. You don't expect to find Little Venice in London but that's the name of this area on the Regents Canal. There are many options; we chose Canal Bus, which allows you to ride all day and half the next day, and to get off or on at many different spots around the city. A leisurely boat ride, the attraction goes past a series of miniature versions of locations from Disney stories. This modestly-scaled, never-built amusement park was to include a gravity flow canal boat ride among its attractions. It was intended to be a journey past miniature recreations of the great landmarks of the world, but time and money prevented its completion.


The idea of having Monstro consume the canal boats came from a never-implemented concept for a "Monstro the Whale" ride, in which small boats were to be swallowed by him and hurtled down a watery path into a pond below. Most notably, Agrabah and the Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin appeared where the miniature Toad Hall had previously stood during a major refurbishment done in 1994. Out of that announcement, the Storybook Land Canal Boats was announced as one of the areas to get some Frozen treatment, where various locations from the film were added to the ride in December 2014. Departing directly from the docks, the boats enter Monstro the whale and continue on from there.
The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin appears midway through the voyage instead of the Disneyland version's Monstro.
Explore it on a narrow boat, you can climb aboard at various points and there are two different routes. The outboard motors were prone to overheating, often forcing the boats to be pulled by hand, and because the attraction opened with little landscaping, it earned the nickname among park executives as "The Mud Bank Ride". Also, unlike the Disneyland version, miniature character figures can be spotted in their respective locations.



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