Disney World Now Offers Audio Description for Blind Guests!

The LightHouse looks forward to this technology arriving at Disneyland in California!

Disney Unveils First-of-its-Kind Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests with Disabilities. (Complete article at the Access Tech News blog.)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., June 22, 2010 – Beginning June 27, guests with visual disabilities will be able to explore Walt Disney World theme parks in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed device that provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas and fits in the palm of a guest’s hand.

“Disney Parks have long been at the forefront of providing accessibility for guests with disabilities,” said Greg Hale, chief safety officer and vice president of Worldwide Safety and Accessibility for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “We are pleased to build on this legacy with new technology that enables us to do something that has never been done before – provide rich audio description in moving rides and outdoor environments.”

Link to a demo of the outdoor environment audio description: http://ncamftp.wgbh.org/disneyareadx/MK_AreaDX_Demo_Short.html