This is the fifth post in my series of dreaming about Disney World and will be be about the tools to do the job right. I am a big believer in using the right tools for the job. You don’t use a pair of pliers where an end wrench is needed. If you use the wrong tools most often you botch up the job. Fortunately the folks at Disney World do it right. They provide just the right tools for making the most of your adventure.
Disney World App — The first encounter with someone seriously looking at Disney World is probably the app for iPad or iPhone. That tool opens the world to many different possibilities. This app allows you to check out in details each of of the Disney Resort hotels. It includes detailed maps for attractions, places to eat, things to see and even places to smoke for all those who have yet to kick that habit.
Reservations — We decided to stay at the Boardwalk Inn on our 6 day visit. I just want to be totally immersed in the Disney experience without having to face the hassle of getting in and out of the park everyday. I spent probably an hour or more with the app just looking at the possibilities before choosing Boardwalk. But reservations are more than just where to stay. Even though we may be visiting there in a relative off-season there will still be crowds, more crowds than I am usually comfortable with, so if I want to make sure I can see, eat, ride, and watch what I want without waiting in any longer lines than necessary. To do that I need advance reservations.
Magic Band/Fastpass+ — This is a wrist watch like band that get you through the reserved lines quickly, gets you into your room, and allows you to purchase almost anything in the park including your meals without having to pull out your wallet each time. As mentioned before it uses an ‘rf’ signal similar to iPhone Pay. Magic Band just takes one of the hassles out of life while at Disney.
Captioning Devices — Being able to “hear” as well as see Disney is very important to all of us, especially those of us who are deaf. We are used to being the “odd man out” when it comes to public things. We are used to not getting the info that others take for granted. So, I can’t tell you how happy I was to learn accommodations to those of us with hearing disabilities. Here is a little about them from their website:
Types of Services
Walt Disney World Resort offers a variety of services to help Guests with hearing disabilities enjoy the Resort.
- Guest Room Amenities
- Assistive Listening
- Handheld Captioning
- Reflective Captioning
- Video Captioning…
Assistive Listening and Handheld Captioning
Disney’s Handheld Device offers both Assistive Listening and Handheld Captioning services. The Assistive Listening system is recommended for Guests with mild to moderate hearing loss and amplifies sound through headphones or an induction loop at specific theme park attractions. The Handheld Captioning system uses a wireless handheld receiver to display text in locations where fixed captioning systems are impractical, such as moving attractions.
At select theater-style attractions, Reflective Captioning projects text on an acrylic glass panel in front of the Guest. To use this system, please contact a Cast Member at the location or attraction.
Caption-ready monitors are designated by a “CC.” Please see a Cast Member at the attraction for assistance.
Video Captioning can also be activated using Disney’s Handheld Devices…
I am very much looking forward to all that Disney offers in this area. I have never come across such a wide variety of help living as a deaf man in a hearing world.