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All About Descriptive Audio Devices at Disney Parks

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Did you know that guests with both hearing disabilities and visual disabilities can benefit from the same, simple handheld device while experiencing attractions at Walt Disney World (and Disneyland, too)?

Disney’s Handheld Device is a palm-sized wireless device that was developed in 2002. The device features several services, including Assistive Listening, which provides amplified audio at 12 attractions, and Handheld Captioning, which displays text for 14 attractions.

Disney's Handheld Device

Audio Description, available at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, provides narrated audio for guests with visual disabilities by describing visual attraction elements, such as actions, settings and scene changes.

The audio below is from the Audio Description for the Haunted Mansion. Disney has layered in some clips from the attraction to show how the device works.

Disney handheld devices are available from Guest Relations at all 4 theme parks on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a fully refundable $25 daily deposit for use. You will need to you bring your own headphones or earbuds as the device has a standard headphone jack.

Audio Descriptions are available for the following attractions at Walt Disney World:

Audio Description is available at the following locations:

At Magic Kingdom Park:

  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space RangerSpin®
  • The Hall of Presidents
  • Haunted Mansion®
  • it’s a small world®
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic®
  • A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
  • Pirates of the Caribbean®
  • Peter Pan’s Flight®
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
  • Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

At Epcot:

  • The American Adventure
  • Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival
  • Frozen Ever After
  • Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
  • Impressions de France
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Living with the Land
  • O Canada!
  • Reflections of China
  • The Seas with Nemo and Friends®
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
  • Fantasmic!
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular™
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Toy Story Mania!®
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:

  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail®
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug!®
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek®
  • Na’vi River Journey
  • Rivers of Light