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extreme evil
08-20-2010, 12:08 AM
I need help with something. Does a haunted attraction need to worry about making the haunt accessible to people in wheelchairs? I personally don't see how it can be done but I may be waaaaaaaaaaaaay wrong. I'm not against making it accessible, I'm just really dense and with the need to keep alot of the walkways inside narrow for the purpose of the scare I can't envision how to do it. Can you guys help me out with this?

Front Yard Fright
08-20-2010, 12:42 AM
I don't think there are strict codes requiring wheelchair accessability, however you should double check with your building inspector. I personally like to see haunts that are accessable to wheelchairs though... It shows that they are looking to entertain anyone and everyone.

For the past two years we have had a little girl come through our haunt in a motorized wheelchair and she makes it through fairly easily aside from a few steps here and there.

08-20-2010, 04:42 AM
My haunt layout (whenever i get the money and find a location) will be accessable to wheelchairs. while it is not required in my area, I think it is the right thing to do. People with Handicaps want to be scared just like everyone else. If you have a vortex tunnel or clousaphobia hall or such , design a walk around into the plan. or place these items right next to your egress halls so that you can have a door before and after for a walk around. Your actors will probably thank you as well. for wheelchairs I believe the minimum width for a hall is 36", with i believe 48 in the corners, but dont quote me on that. my layout is all designed with 48" halls for ease of building.

Allen H
08-20-2010, 12:54 PM
All hallways must be 42" wide for wheelchair access. Doorways are allowed to be 36"
Compliance really depends on your throughput and insurance. If you want to have 15,000 plus customers then you should start complying now. It excludes people if they cant get around in your haunt. I was told point blank by a whellchair user that narrow hallways in most haunt is like hanging a sign that says "no blacks". I dont necessarily agree with that, While its a different group the thought of exclusion is the same. your discriminating against a group, thats why insurance hates it. Its all percentages with them and they know a percentage of people will get ticked off if they cant go through the show.
Most actors tend to like the bigger hallways because they can hide in a corner and the guests can pass the with out knowing they are there.

08-20-2010, 05:21 PM
ADA Guide attached.

08-20-2010, 06:16 PM
Thanks Kevin for attaching that. I was just about to start looking for ramp info.

Thanks again.

freak 'n' stein
08-21-2010, 08:03 AM
Most our hallways are fairly wide...We have one ramp which I know isn't to ADA standards but it was in place before I came along. All of our halls have by-passes. Even though some halls are more than 36 inches, in our coffin room I reduced them to the minimum with, which 29 inches is what we were told!!! Thanks for the info!! I'm headed to the haunt right now to measure!!

extreme evil
08-21-2010, 08:15 AM
Thanks I really appreciate the info. We haven't started putting up the walls yet because we won't open until next year but I needed to know. I don't want to keep anyone from having a good time.

08-23-2010, 09:43 AM

Not exactly sure where you live, so this is specific to my area(Western NY) , accoirding to the builing inspector the hallway MUST be ADA compliant OR have a way for disabled(wheel chaired)people to "get around" something that they can not get through.

What we have done in our plans is make it OVER AND ABOVE ADA compliant.

All of our Hallways or door ways WILL BE aprrox 4ft wide ( the width of a sheet of plywood or OSB with 2x4's or 2x2', depending on cost, for framing) this WAS MORE THAN APPRECIATED by the building inspector.. and makes for easier planning as far as how much material is needed, as well as the "zomibie hours" needed to build the haunt.

Just something to think about.