Thursday, December 26, 2013

Disney Parks with Visual Disabilities

Disney Parks with Visual Disabilities

Disney Parks are so visual how can you enjoy them with visual disabilities? Well, you can! Disney has assistance for those with many different kinds of disabilities, including visual disabilities.

For those with visual disabilities Disney Parks has a limited number of Braille Guide Books and Audio Description devices you can use. There are also large stationary Braille maps available at several locations in all parks. Both the Braille Guide book and Audio Description device are available at Guest Relations at any of the parks. They are free to use but there is a $25 refundable deposit. You must return the device or map book on the same day for a refund.

Braille Guidebooks are available for each theme park and include attraction, restaurant and store descriptions.

The Audio Description device will describe some attractions as you ride them. The Audio Description device also describes some outdoor locations as well.

Here is a list of the attractions at the Disneyland Resort that make use of the device:
Alice in Wonderland
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Captain EO
Disneyland Monorail
Disneyland Railroad
Enchanted Tiki Room
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
Haunted Mansion
“It’s a Small World”
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Monster’s Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Muppet*Vision 3D
Mr. Toads Wild Ride
Peter Pan’s Flight
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Pirates of the Caribbean
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
Storybook Land Canal Boats
Turtle Talk with Crush
World of Color

Trained service animals are always welcomed at Disney Parks. They must be kept on leash or in harness at all times. There are many locations where you can take your animal to relieve themselves. The service animal relief areas are marked on the map but any open “grassy” area is available for use as long as you clean up after them. Characters are more than happy to take pictures with service animals.

Service animals may not accompany their owners on some attractions. This is for the animal’s safety as well as the safety of guests on the attraction. When a service animal can’t go with their partner they must be held by a person accompanying the owner/guest. Disney Cast Members may not hold the animal. At the Disneyland Resort there are portable kennels (cages) at major attractions that cannot accommodate the animal. If there is not one at the attraction you wish to ride ask and one will be brought. This is only for the use of the guest while on that particular attraction. This allows all the members of the party to ride together. At this time Disney does not have the portable kennels at Walt Disney World. At Walt Disney World you do a switch where one person rides while the other holds the animal. When the first person has ridden the attraction the second person will go on the attraction without further waiting. This works just like the Child Swap.

Here are links to the information on the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort websites:

Disneyland Resort
Services for Guests with Visual Disabilities:
Service Animals

Walt Disney World Resort
Services for Guests with Visual Disabilities:
This includes a link to a list of attractions that make use of the Audio Description Device throughout the Walt Disney World Resort
Service Animals

You can also call (407) 827-7935 for information including parade and show times and restaurant menu details at both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World.

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