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The best European theme parks for wheelchair users

If your kids have reduced mobility, love rollercoasters and could happily live off candy floss and toffee apples for the rest of their lives, then these are the best, most accessible theme parks to take them to.

Paultons Park, Romsey, UK

Take a tour of Paultons Park in the New Forest

Take a tour of Paultons Park in the New Forest

Butting up against the New Forest in Hampshire, Paultons Park is fully accessible and wheelchair users are given free entry.

Younger visitors will love the Peppa Pig World, while older children are enthralled by the park’s roller coasters. Meanwhile, the whole family can enjoy a tour around the Park’s lake on the Rio Grande Train which, just like the park’s opulent Victorian Carousel, has carriages for wheelchair users.

The historic Bell Inn Hotel has rooms specifically-adapted for wheelchair users and is a great base for exploring the rest of Hampshire.

Tusenfryd, Oslo, Norway

Go for a whirl on one of the 32 rides at Tusenfryd

Go for a whirl on one of the 32 rides at Tusenfryd

The rides at the Norwegian theme park, Tusenfryd, are all rated Soft, Moderate or Intense to help make visitors’ decisions easy. And the rides range from the Bestefars Bil (Grandpa’s Car) to the tooth-rattling SpeedMonster.

Visitors with reduced mobility can apply for a pass which will enable them to skip the queues to the Park's 32 attractions, including the world's most impressive wooden roller coaster, ThunderCoaster.

The park is easy to navigate in both manual and electronic wheelchairs, and the Sørmarka Konferanse Hotel is fully accessible and is only a 15-minute drive away.

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Tivoli Gardens at night

The Tivoli Gardens at night

The Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens are an enticing blend of nostalgic and modern funfairs, designed to appeal to every generation.

The vintage design and colour scheme of the many rides recall the Gardens’ beginnings in the mid-19th century but their speed and safety features will rival any newer European theme park. The beautifully-tended gardens offer a break from the wild rides, while visitors using electric wheelchairs will find recharging points dotted around the site.

Once everyone has screamed themselves hoarse or dreamt the afternoon away in the Gardens, head back to the wheelchair-friendly Scandic Palace Hotel.

PortAventura, Salou, Spain

All the rides at PortAventura are specially-adapted for wheelchair users

All the rides at PortAventura are specially-adapted for wheelchair users

PortAventura is the most-visited theme park in Spain and tries to make sure all visitors have a fun day out, especially those with impaired mobility.

All the rides have been specially-adapted for wheelchair users and there are also wheelchairs available to rent at each of the park’s six themed areas. The rides on offer stretch from a horizontal catapult to a gentle steam engine ride through the Wild West.

As PortAventura is based on the coast, many visitors choose to stay a short walk from the beach and many hotels (like Estival Centurión Playa) provide a shuttle bus to the park.

Disneyland Paris, France

A fireworks display at Disneyland Paris

A fireworks display at Disneyland Paris

One of Disney’s most established and beloved theme parks, Disneyland Paris is fully accessible for children with mobility issues. All the park’s restaurants, toilets and shops are wheelchair-friendly, and most of the rides have been adapted for visitors with impaired mobility.

In order to minimize travel stress a minibus to and from the park is available upon request and guests who call ahead can rent a wheelchair. There are also Accessibility Maps to help you get the most out of your visit and our handy guide on how to plan a Disney vacation.

Situated on the outskirts of Paris, The Eden Lodge has facilities for visitors with mobility issues, including roll-in showers.