■ Park Rules and Regulations: Patron Responsibilities under New Jersey Law
■ Park Rules and Regulations: In-Park Signage
■ Park Rules and Regulations: Certain Restrictions for Attractions
■ Park Rules and Regulations: Service Animals
Trained service animals are welcome at Diggerland USA. Under the ADA, “service animal” means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition, except that a service animal may also include a miniature horse used by an individual with a disability if the miniature horse has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the individual with a disability. In determining whether reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures can be made to allow a miniature horse into a specific facility, consider: the type, size, and weight of the miniature horse and whether the facility can accommodate these features; whether the handler has sufficient control of the miniature horse; whether the miniature horse is housebroken; and whether the miniature horse’s presence in a specific facility compromises legitimate safety requirements that are necessary for safe operation.
The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.
Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not considered service animals. While emotional support animals or comfort animals are often used as part of a medical treatment plan as therapy animals, they are not considered service animals. These support animals provide companionship, relieve loneliness, and sometimes help with depression, anxiety, and certain phobias, but do not have special training to perform tasks that assist people with disabilities.
The handler is responsible for the control, care, supervision and behavior of the animal. The animal shall be under the control of its handler at all times. The animal shall have a harness, leash, or other tether, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether with the service animal, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the service animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means). An animal that behaves in an unsafe, uncontrolled or unacceptable way is not permitted on the premises. Examples of unacceptable behavior include uncontrolled barking, jumping on other people, or running away from the handler. An animal that poses a direct risk or threat to the health or safety of others is not permitted on the premises. The animal must be healthy and vaccinated in accordance with applicable laws. The animal must be housebroken. Owners are responsible for disposing of their animal’s waste.
We may ask for the removal from the premises of an animal that is not housebroken, or that is out of control, or whose handler does not take effective action to control it, or that behaves in an unsafe, uncontrolled or unacceptable way, or that is not healthy and vaccinated in accordance with applicable laws, or that poses a direct risk or threat to the health or safety of others.
Animals are not permitted on rides. Our rides are not equipped or designed for accessibility to or safe ridership or use by animals. While a handler rides a ride, or is otherwise not available for the control, care, supervision and behavior of the animal, the must have another member of the handler’s party assume control, care, supervision and behavior of the animal.