Friday, June 4, 2010

Happy Hearts Days at Disneyland - 1986

The “Happy Hearts Days” promotion at Disneyland in the spring of 1986 consisted of discount tickets for Disabled Persons, Families and Friends. At $9.95 these advance tickets were almost half off the regular adult passport price of $18. What a super program. I’m pretty sure they still have programs like this and much more.

Not that anyone should even think about cheating on a program like this, that’s so wrong. If you did cheat, that Donald Duck above would haunt your dreams for all of eternity. But how did they verify the purchaser was a Disabled person or did they?

From a previous post, here is one of the earlier Handicapped Guest guides.


Chris said...

Disneyland was always a favorite vacation spot for our family... had an older brother with MD so he was in a wheelchair. The cast at Disney was always super-helpful, and it was really cool to get to know the people that worked the rides. Eric, my brother, would get to ride some rides two times in a row... like Thunder Mountain... because the first time around the train ends up on the opposite side you left from, and it would take a second go around to get back to the other side where his chair was.

Eric passed away at age 20 in 1992. Mom and Dad still vacation at Disney in their retirement, because we have so many fond memories of the park from growing up in the 70s and 80s.

Thanks for the blog... I've been reading for a while, but hadn't posted before.

Major Pepperidge said...

Hmm, I can only guess that the form was not widely available, but they sure don't seem to expect any verification. Hopefully people were too honest, it would be like parking in a "handicapped" space (that never happens, ha ha).

Westcot2000 said...

Happy Hearts Days were sort of a nightmare for operations. Even shows like Country Bear Jamboree could have problems because of lack of wheelchair seating. The weird thing is that some of the wheelchair lines for Pirates, Small World, and Mansion are often far worse now.