QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – A Cambridge teen and her mother said the girl was kicked off a ride at Great Escape's Water Park.
Zoe Smith, 13, was born missing most of her left forearm. She says she was embarrassed by staff members and left frustrated after a recent visit to Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury.
Smith and her mother, Aimee, say Zoe was turned away from the Tornado and Mega Wedgie rides in the water park. They say she was only allowed to get on one ride and only with a friend after she demonstrated, in front of dozens of other riders, how she could grasp the handles of the inner tube.
Six Flags Great Escape released a statement in regards to the incident:
“To ensure their safety and well-being, guests with certain disabilities are prohibited from some rides and attractions. Our disability policies include ride manufacturers' guidelines and the requirements of the federal American with Disabilities Act. Our policies are customized by ride and reviewed annually to continue to accommodate the needs of our guests while simultaneously maintaining a safe environment. Specific water park policies include maintaining a safe riding position at all times.
The safety of our guests is our top priority and we apologize to Zoe for any embarrassment or inconvenience she experienced.”