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California, Here We Come--In Our Handicap Van

Visit California for spectacular views of the coastline or enjoy the abundance of activities in the cities. The Golden State has a little something for everyone, including many wheelchair accessible destinations to explore!

Disney California Adventure Park, Anaheim


No visit to Southern California would be complete without making your dreams come true at Disneyland. You are sure to enjoy each part of the park: Buena Vista Street brings vintage Los Angeles alive again, just as Walt Disney experienced it in 1923. Explore the Condor Flats where the staff designs, tests and flies modern aircraft--to infinity and beyond! Tour California from above on the Soarin' Over California ride, and book a tour on Minnie's Fly Girls Charter Airline. Don't miss Hollywood Land, where the Golden Age of Hollywood is relived. You'll find many attractions you don't want to miss, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Monsters, Inc. with "Mike & Sulley to the Rescue", and Disney's Aladdin music spectacular.

Other memorable parts of Disney to explore are Grizzly Peak, "A Bug's Land", Pacific Wharf, Paradise Pier, and Cars Land. Both children and adults have a terrific time at Disneyland!

The park is wheelchair accessible. However, there are some attractions that require guests to transfer from their wheelchair to ride by themselves or be assisted by members of their party. There are a few rides that are not wheelchair accessible, but the majority of rides are. And wait until you see the parking lot--there's more than enough room to park thousands of wheelchair vans!

San Diego Zoo, San Diego

Pink Flamingos at the San Diego Zoo

It's all happening at the San Diego Zoo! The zoo allows you to interact with animals up close and see what goes on behind the scenes that make the animal interactions so magical. You can even spend the night at the zoo and experience the animals after the crowds have gone home.

To avoid missing anything the zoo has to offer, take the 35-minute bus tour on a double-decker bus which takes you through about 70% of the zoo! Or catch the express bus that lets you to get on and off at five different stops throughout the zoo. You can even take the airborne shortcut, Skyfari, which takes you over the treetops to the other end of the zoo, all while enjoying beautiful views.
Make sure to check out the insect house, where the motto is "The littlest things have the biggest impact". Stop by the petting zoo and pet the sheep or comb a pygmy goat's hair!

There are other attractions in the zoo that are not included in the admission price, but are not too expensive, such as the Ice Age 4D experience, Balboa Park Miniature Train, Giraffe Feeding, Light Side Comedy Tour, and you can even book a specialized tour!
The Zoo is handicap accessible, but be aware there is a small fee to rent a wheelchair. It is recommended before boarding the tour bus that you notify the bus attendant to reserve seats in the wheelchair area for the other members of your party. If you are in a folding wheelchair, the Skyfari attraction will have the wheelchair transported ahead to be available for your arrival on the opposite end. If you are in an electric or non-folding wheelchair, you must do the Skyfari as a round trip. The two amphitheaters are also wheelchair accessible.

The Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Golden Gate Park

This park is one of the world's largest national parks. It follows the coastline of the San Francisco bay area for nearly 60 miles. There's plenty of things to do, not to mention simply soaking in the stunning beauty of the California shore line.

Visit the De Young Museum, where you can view art from around the world. Pick up a glass of tea and relax at the Japanese Tea Garden. Explore mysteries of land, space, and water at the California Academy of Sciences. Be awed by the Conservatory of Flowers with the most exotic-looking blossoms! The conservatory is located in one of the park's oldest buildings, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy a nice meal at the beach and park chalet, gaze upon magnificent flora from across the globe at the Strybing Arboretum, watch a herd of bison at the Buffalo Paddock, and last but not least, visit the Park Windmills located towards the western side of the park.

Most of the park is accessible. The Japanese Tea Garden is not fully accessible, but there are parts of it that are. There is no entrance fee for wheelchair users because of this. If you are traveling with a companion who can assist you, more of the garden can be seen.

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Aquarium of the Pacific

The aquarium is home to more than 11,000 ocean animals and has nearly 500 different species. The exhibits cover species from the Pacific, such as waters of Southern California and Baja, the Northern Pacific, and the Tropical Pacific. You can also visit the exhibits located outdoors, such as the Shark Lagoon, the Lorikeet Forest aviary, and "Watersheds: Pathway to the Pacific".

Become more educated about veterinary care at the Molina Animal Care Center. And don't miss out on meeting the Magellanic Penguins in the June Keyes Penguin Habitat. Also, visit the Ocean Science Center, featuring NOAA's Science on a Sphere. The aquarium features over 19 major habitats and 32 focus exhibits--you're sure to stay busy throughout your visit to the aquarium!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is wheelchair accessible, and there are wheelchairs available free of charge.

Universal Studios, Los Angeles


If you''re searching for a true adventure, check out Universal Studios in Hollywood! The park is full of action-packed activities--from exhilarating rides and interactive shows, to a real movie studio! You can also find some great shops, restaurants, and cinemas located at the CityWalk within the park.

Take a studio tour and discover how Hollywood movies are made! Better yet, experience your favorite movies brought to life on one of the awe-inspiring rides, which literally put you inside some of the world's most famous movies.

Check out the Transformers: The Ride-3D, where you will engage in a great battle, brave the indoor roller coaster "Revenge of the Mummy", take on the animated world of "The Simpsons" on the virtual roller coaster, and experience Shrek 4-D!

Most of the rides, shows, attractions, escalators, and parking structures are specifically designed for guest who use wheelchairs. Find a list of all attractions and their specific requirements on the web site's Rider's Guide for Rider's Safety and Guests with Disabilities.


Boy playing with blocks

LEGOLAND can be enjoyed by children of all ages. Upon entering the park, meet Bronte, the 34-foot tall dinosaur made completely from LEGO blocks! There are 60 rides, shows and attractions!

Visit Dino Island to explore life-sized dinosaur footprints and the Coastersaurus, which curves around life-size LEGO brick dinosaurs. Take the little ones to a town that is proportionate to their size in Fun Town, which is full of many attractions, such as the Sky Cruiser, which takes you above the park, where you can see some of the adventures the park has to offer. Experience Pirates Shores, where you can fight off pirates on the Splash Battle attraction. Ride in the ship-themed vehicles behind your very own cannon, where you can aim and fire at spectators and other riders.

Other sections of the park include Castle Hill, featuring themes of the romantic times with kings, queens, and dragons galore. The Land of Adventure takes you into the 1920s Egyptian times with many rides, such as the Lost Kingdom Adventure, when you try to recover stolen treasures by shooting targets with lasers guns! The Imagination Zone is created to get your imagination and creativity flowing, with inventive rides and attractions! Don't miss Miniland, which covers seven areas of the United States by illustrations made completely out of LEGOS! It took more than 20 million LEGO blocks to develop Miniland!

Other attractions include LEGOLAND Water Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and the LEGOLAND Hotel.

Most of the rides are wheelchair accessible except for some water rides. Wheelchairs are available upon request for a small fee--first come, first served. You will need someone with you to help transfer you from your wheelchair to ride some of the rides.

Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park


Knott's Berry Farm has a variety of things to do, with roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides, children's rides, water rides, live entertainment, the California Market Place, and multiple restaurants throughout. You're sure to have a blast!

Choose from nine different roller coasters! For example; the Jaguar takes you through the park and around and over other attractions of the park. Courageous visitors ride the GhostRider roller coaster, which is the largest attraction in the park's history and happens to be the largest and longest wooden roller coaster in the world. Take on one of the thrill rides like the Supreme Scream, which takes you up 254 feet and then drops you down to the ground.

As for live entertainment, watch Native American dancing and storytelling at the Indian Trails Stage, visit Ghost Town--the cowboy's hangout, or be amazed during the western stunt show--Fool's Gold.

The California Market Place lies right outside the park's entrance. Here you will find Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, which is where it all started in 1934. You can also visit Knott's California MarketPlace shopping, Independence Hall, Knott's California MarketPlace dining, T.G.I. Friday's, Pink's the Original Hot Dog for the Stars, Cinnabon, Dreyer's Ice Cream, Chicken-To-Go, Knott's Berry Farm Bakery, the Berry Market, Knott's California Shop, and much more! The market does not require admission to the park and is open to the public.

Many rides are accessible, but there are some that are not. All full-service restaurants are accessible, and there are accessible restrooms in each section of the park. Check out the Rider Safety Guide for more information. Manual and battery-powered wheelchairs are available for rent.

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

Fish Market

For nearly a century Fisherman's Wharf has been the home of San Francisco's fishing fleets. The wharf has been run by many generations, and many future generations will continue the tradition. This is a marine-oriented locale close to the fishermen's hearts and enjoyed by endless visitors.

Fisherman's Wharf is known for the variety of seafood available. Some of its fame comes from the annual harvest of Dungeness crab, which begins every November. Since the wharf started operating, fishermen would set up cauldrons of boiling water and cook the freshly caught crabs. Afterwards they would put the crab in paper cups and enjoy a crab cocktail. The tradition is still going strong, and visitors can enjoy their own crab cocktail, which is prepared the same way.

When touring the wharf, visitors can read signs that have been placed along the water's edge. They provide history, insight on today's fishing community, and explain how important it is to protect the bay. You'll enjoy street performers such as magicians, mimes, musicians, jugglers, clowns, and fire-eaters who enthusiastically welcome you to the wharf.

Other attractions include Alcatraz Prison, also known as The Rock. Alcatraz was a Civil War fortress, an infamous federal prison, bird sanctuary, home to the first lighthouse, and the starting point of the Native American Red Power movement. Visitors can ride on refurbished cable cars and tour Hyde Street Pier, which houses the world's largest collection of ships by tonnage. One of the more popular attractions is the sea lions. Year-round there are hundreds of sea lions gathered near the docks at Pier 39.

The Wharf has accessible parking, curb-cuts, and level access throughout the wharf. If you visit Alcatraz, just be aware there are some uneven patches of concrete and some tight spots because the building is so old. Otherwise, Fisherman's Wharf is wheelchair accessible.

Muir Woods, Mill Valley

Muir Woods

William and Elizabeth Kent named the redwood forest in honor of John Muir. He says, "This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world."

The woods mainly consist of redwoods on about 2 million acres. Most coastal redwoods grow on protected soil managed by timber plantations, where they are safe from harm. Redwoods are the tallest livings things; the tallest redwood in Muir Woods is more than 258 feet tall. These trees can grow taller than the Statue of Liberty, some of them can grow to 379 feet. Redwoods have lived up to 2200 years. However, the ages in Muir Woods range from 600 to 800 years old.

Redwoods are not the only living things you'll find in the forest--there are many other kinds of flora and fauna. Forests such as this have an abundance of herbaceous, understory, and canopy plants. There's a multitude of Steller jays that like to hang out around the woods, along with an assortment of insects.

Muir Woods is wheelchair accessible, with 1.5 miles of paved or boarded trail, which is almost completely flat. Loops from half a mile to two miles can be traveled on this trail. The café, parking, gift shop and restrooms are also handicap accessible.

Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles

Milkyway Galaxy

This observatory is a famous landmark in California. It's known for its architecture and setting. This building was the dream of Griffith Jenkins Griffith, and he dedicated it to a hard-working team of scientists and others who helped his dream of a public observatory and planetarium come true. Not only is the building full of space and science-related displays, but also has great views of California and the sky.

You shouldn't miss the Samuel Oschin Planetarium when you plan a visit to the observatory. The planetarium has a Zeiss star projector, laser digital projection system, and a magnificent aluminum dome. The Samuel Oschin Planetarium has been described as the finest planetarium in the world, so be sure to see an extraordinary live presentation in the planetarium.

The "Centered in the Universe" show takes guests on a journey through a cosmic adventure. The "Water is Life" presentation takes viewers on a search for water and life beyond earth. The Light of the Valkyrie shows visitors to be exposed to the mysteries of the northern lights. Last but not least is the "Time's Up" presentation. This show takes you through a prism of false claims such as the end of the world in 2012. There are eight shows each day of the week and 10 shows every weekend day.

The 2,700 square-foot Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon is used for educational activities, live transmissions of space events, and training for teachers. However, the theater is also used for a variety of other activities such as the film "The Once and Future Griffith Observatory", which is narrated by Leonard Nimoy and explores the history of the observatory.

All parts of the Griffith observatory are wheelchair accessible, including the theaters.

With the abundance of wheelchair-accessible attractions in California, you're guaranteed to have a blast!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2013 Used 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
USED AMS Legend Conversion

$29,999 $30,999

  • Stock #: 718951A
  • Mileage: 57,223 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2017 New 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

NEW Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Edge II Conversion

$43,495 $43,995

  • Stock #: 855455
  • Mileage: 30 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant
2013 Used 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD Wheelchair Van

USED Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD
NEW AMS Legend H Conversion

$41,495 $41,995

  • Stock #: 008640
  • Mileage: 74,244 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty

Vehicle Exterior

Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers


  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior

Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)


  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment

Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood

Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics


  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure


  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock


  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test


  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly


  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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