Former NWA U.S. Heavyweight Champion Magnum T.A. has had to deal with paralysis for decades since his car accident back in the 1980s and now couldn't enjoy a trip to Disneyworld.
Magnum T.A., whose real name is Terry Allen, was denied access to Disneyworld's Magic Kingdom park in Orlando, Florida due to a modified Segway with a pedestal seat he has been using to move around for the past six years. The park said the company restricts the usage of two-wheeled devices.
The former pro wrestling star told WFTV9 that he was shocked to be denied access and was very upset at how the situation was handled.
"Well it was kind of a shock to be quite honest with you. I felt kind of like somebody poured a bucket of cold water over my head. It's 2017. You can't tell someone how to overcome their physical challenges. It's not acceptable. I won't accept it from anybody because I've been there and come from the ground up to where I am today," Allen said.
In a statement, Disney said its restrictions on two-wheeled vehicles is for safety reasons due to the layout of the parks
"For safety reasons, we restrict the use of two-wheeled devices given the unique environment of our theme parks. There are various other options available to our Guests, such as the use of wheelchairs, four-wheeled electric scooters and an electric standing vehicle, which do not pose the same concerns.”
Magnum T.A. did say that he spent the rest of his vacation in Orlando visiting other parks such Universal and SeaWorld. He also said that he had no issues with the usage of his Segway.
A star in the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions in the mid-1980s, Magnum T.A.'s wrestling career ended in a car accident back in October 1986.