• On Nov 13, 2019
    Melissa from AZ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    When is the next deaf awareness day at the parks?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Melissa!

    Did you know that recently, Walt Disney World Company was given a perfect store when it comes to inclusivity by Disability: IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities? I'm so proud to work for a company that is committed to providing its Guests a magical experience, regardless of special needs.

    I did some resEARch and found a few mentions of International Deaf Awareness Week celebrations at Disneyland Resort over the past decade. These celebrations have usually been in conjunction with private companies, schools, or outside programs. As I'm sure you know, International Deaf Awareness Week is celebrated the last full week in September. But I have seen mentions of awareness celebrations in both the Spring and Fall. Disney Parks Blog will be the first place to announce a Disney-sponsored party, so keep an EAR out!

    In the meantime, the Resort has a bounty of resources available for Guests with hearing disabilities. Assistive Listening Systems and Handheld Captioning devices can be rented for the day (with a refundable deposit) from Guest Relations. The devices come in handy at multiple attractions throughout the Resort, including Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room, which is my favorite show on property! There is also Sign Language Interpreting Services on a rotating basis from Friday through Monday. If you are planning a special event at Disneyland Resort, please contact (714) 781-4636 to request Interpreter Services at least 14 days before the event.

    One last thing, online, you have an interactive map of the Resort. You can filter for Hearing Disability Services to help you plan your day. You can also do this on the Disneyland App, which makes finding assistive devices super easy in real-time! If you have any other questions, you know where to find us. We are all EARs!

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Meet the Panelist: Rayna, Florida

Hi y'all! I'm Rayna: wife, mom, anesthesiologist, and long-time Disney enthusiast. I've lived all over the country, but these days life has my family of seven in Florida. We're fantastically close to the most magical place on earth, and as Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members we couldn't be happier about it. We've visited almost every Disney Vacation Club resort, so I'm thrilled to be here doing what I do best: Helping plan magical vacations. Learn More About Rayna

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