Are Disney Theme Park Accessible Efforts Sufficient?

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Kids enjoying Disney's accessibility features Kids enjoying Disney's accessibility features |

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Disney theme park accessible support features are one of the things that bring magic to visitors from across the world. Whether visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Cars Land, or the Avengers Campus, there is always a way to enjoy the sights, attractions, and rides. But with technology improving every day, fans are wondering whether the current Disney theme park accessible features are sufficient for the modern era.

Wheelchair accessible areas at Disney theme parks
Wheelchair-accessible areas at Disney theme parks | Credit © Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images

Disney’s main considerations that go into safety and accommodation include wheelchair access and consideration for folk with cognitive, or other, disabilities. It even reimagined Toontown with a new, accessible design. Walt Disney World Resort features rental wheelchairs, and there are various options for those with visual disabilities. These include audio descriptions, portable tactile maps, and braille guidebooks. Developers of international Disney theme park accessible technologies even considered magnetic fields and options for Disability Access Service (DAS), a program that lets visitors avoid potentially distressing wait times.

Disney Parks Accessibility and Inclusion
Disney Parks Accessibility and Inclusion | Credit: Disney

A trip to Disney theme parks has long been a reprieve from the stress of regular life, providing immersive paths through worlds of fantasy. The Disney theme park accessible support is what allows many to enjoy the trip. For many, Disney is the way to escape struggles brought on by health issues. Showing its support, theme parks across the world have long been part of the Make-a-Wish endeavor that brings magic to life.

Disney Adventures Available Through Disney+
Disney Adventures Available Through Disney+ | Credit: Disney

Those who eagerly await vacation time can still enjoy the accessible features that Disney offers from home. Disney+, the streaming service, includes special features like audio descriptions, text-to-speech, color contrast, and closed captioning. Not without its limitations, there is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using the service on older-version browsers. The key message, while it might not be perfect, Disney is sure to make significant strides to make the world a more inclusive place.

Do you think that Disney is doing enough to accommodate its whole audience? Let Inside the Magic know your take in the comments below!

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