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  • On Mar 15, 2010
    Nancy from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My granddaughter has a hearing disability. They offer so much for us. How much of it do we really need? Like the handheld captioning, sign language interpretation? Will the action and lights be enough or is there a show where she will need something?

    Hi Nancy,

    Disney is an awesome place for people with disabilities to visit and does a really good job of accommodating guests as much as possible.  It may be difficult to give you a precise answer without knowing the age of your Granddaughter; the severity of her hearing loss; if she understands sign language or if she can read. 

    There are some shows that she could probably enjoy without an assistive device such as the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (DHS) or Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show (DHS).  However there are others such as The Country Bear Jamboree (MK); Muppet Vision 3D (DHS); Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (MK)  or Turtle Talk WIth Crush (Epcot), Its Tough to Be a Bug (AK); Finding Nemo - The Musical (AK) that she would really benefit from an assistive device.

    The same goes for attractions.  I think she'd be fine on a lot of attractions (i.e., Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (MK), Its a Small World (MK) or Toy Story Midway Mania (DHS). But there are others like the Jungle Cruise (MK) that she would get more enjoyment out of being able to hear what they are saying.

    It sounds like you've already done some research on the different types of assistive hearing devices offered at WDW but just in case, click here for a link to the Hearing Disabilities section for a complete list of your options for her as well as what attractions offer each type of device. It may be one more thing for you to keep up with in the parks, but I feel its best to give a person the assistance they need to get the most out of their Disney experience.

    If you'd like to let me know a little more information, I'm happy to try to give you more guidance when making your decision.

    Wishing you many magical memories :-)
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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