Magical day out - grounds are accessible, lots to do but most of the rides are not accessible
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Walking Aid
An amusement park and pleasure gardens in Copenhagen's city centre. Originally opened in 1843. There are fairground rides, theatre, parades, amusements, aquarium, a wide range of places to eat and gift shops. In the evening the park is beautifully illuminated.
Transport & Parking
Tivoli is right in the city centre by the main railway station. There are also a number of buses that stop close by the entrance. The buses are accessible and drivers were helpful.
The main entrance on Vesterbrogade and the Central Station entrance on Bernstorffsgade are both step free. When I arrived at the main entrance there was signs for which ticket kiosks were suitable for wheelchair users and prams. The park has paved pathways and there are a few slightly hilly parts. In some places there are stairs. The park has lots of different areas, some have fairground rides and other parts are gardens and lakes with plenty of seating and are ideal if you are looking for some peace and quiet. There is also an aquarium which is step free via a lift. There is an additional admission charge for this, so I found it not to be too busy. The grounds are large but not as extensive as say Disneyland, which makes it size very managable, and I found it didn't take too long to get from one attraction to another. The shops and restaurants were either step free or ramps are available. Wheelchairs can be borrowed and there are also places to recharge electric wheelchairs. Guide dogs are permitted. Fairground rides tend not to be accessible for people with mobility disabilities. Before I went I looked at the individual rides on their website. Each ride says yes or no for wheelchair users and I found this very misleading.For example the Ferris Wheel is said to be suitable for wheelchair users, however when I got there I found that there was a flight of about 15 - 20 stairs, with a handrail on each side. Customers had to queue on the stairs while they waited to board the ride. They also had to negosiate a turnstile at the top of the stairs. I struggele to get through the turnstile with my crutch. The ride stopped to let people on and off and then to exit there was another turnstile and stairs to go down.
There are accessible toilets but even with a map I found it difficult to locate them. It was especially difficult in the evening as the signs are very small. There was an accessible toilet in the aquarium, which was spacious, clean and had grab rails. However when I later needed to the toilet I found the accessible toilet was closed and some shrubbery had been placed in front of the door. There was no sign to say where the nearest accessible toilet was.
Staff were very helpful. When I went on the Flying Trunk, which is down a flight of stairs, with rails, and involves climbing into a slow moving vehicle, the man operating it offered to stop the ride if needed to let me board and when the ride finished he got my crutch for me. The ride itself was charming, as it had several tableau featuring Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tales. Staff in restaurants were helpful and in Cakenhagen, a member of staff carried my tray to my table.
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I loved Tivoli. While I was there they were celebrating their 175th annversary and there were daily parades. The whole park has a charming, old fashioned feel to it. It has a magical atmosphere especially when it is illuminated at night and it is well worth visiting. All visitors need to buy an admission ticket which will get them into the grounds and those wanting to go on the rides need to also buy a day pass or individual tickets.