Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Mar 11, 2010
    Elizabeth from NY 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.

    I am going to WDW with my family including my 99 yr. old grandfather. He is very excited! But has trouble hearing. I seem to remember some attractions having devices to help the hearing impared. Can you tell me which ones? Especially interested in Epcot.

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I am tinkled pink to hear that your 99 year old Grandfather is going to WDW!  How cool is that?! Be sure to stop by Guest Relations and pick up an "I'm Celebrating" button for him because this will be a trip worth celebrating.

    There are indeed assistive devices available that can help your Grandfather. Assistive listening systems utilize a handheld device that receives a signal in order to amplify sound through headphones.  Handheld Captioning devices are portable and use a wireless handheld receiver to display text in locations on moving attractions.  Please note that not all parts of an attraction may be captured. Both of these devices are available from Guest Relations and require a $100 refundable deposit (subject to change). The device must be returned on the same day for a refund.

    Another option is Reflective Captioning that is available at many of the theatre-type attractions. These devices utilize an LED display to project captions onto a panel positioned in front of a Guest. To utilize this option, see a host or hostess at the attraction.

    Click here for the link to hearing disabilities section on the WDW website for information for which attractions, restaurants and entertainment locations throughout each of the theme parks work with each of these devices. 

    I'm so excited for your family's upcoming trip. 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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