Paralyzed Florida man rides roller coaster at Dollywood

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SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- You either love roller coasters or you hate them. For Alan Prescott, the speed, height and drop are the perfect combination.

"He loves coasters. I think for like every month at one point we were out riding coasters," says his wife, Stacey Prescott.

But, three years ago, that all changed.

"I was riding my four-wheeler one night and someone had dug a ditch that I didn't see. I flipped my four-wheeler and it caused me to be paralyzed from the waist down," he says. "I think about it all the time... How it used to be and how it's not like that anymore."

What was once his favorite pastime, now serves as a painful reminder.

"I have season passes to SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. I love going there and everything. But, I can't get on the coasters. You have to be able to control your legs and they say if you can't do it, you can't ride," he says.

The couple live in Florida. When he and his wife made the trip to East Tennessee for their anniversary, they assumed Dollywood wouldn't allow him to ride either.

But as they made their way into the park, something unexpected happened.

"We were like 'Oh my gosh, what did she just say' because we couldn't believe it," says Stacey Prescott.

The park staff told Prescott as long as he could transfer into a ride, he could ride it. For the first time in the three years since his accident, he rode a roller coaster.

"It was great, it was exciting. I didn't know I'd be able to do that anymore," he says. "Things are just so difficult for me to do now, it was just nice."

A friend of the Prescott's who made the trip to Dollywood with the couple posted a picture on Dollywood's Facebook page, thanking them for being so accommodating. The post now has thousands of likes and shares.