American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation at WDW
What is American Sign Language:
American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual-gestural language used by many deaf and hard of hearing people in the United States and Canada. It is a complete language with it's own grammar and syntax. It is not merely pantomime nor is it English using the hands. It is not universal.
Why American Sign Language:
The American Disabilities Act requires that Disney make their services accessible to ALL their guests including those with disabilities within reasonable limits. ASL bridges the communication gap that exists when you cannot hear or understand spoken English clearly. Written scripts have been available in the past but they are difficult to follow while also following a show. Black and white cannot compare with the visual beauty of American Sign Language. It is much more interesting and alive. You do not feel like an outside looking in.
When and where are the interpreted performances:
The Walt Disney World® Resort provides Sign Language interpretation for our Guests at specific live Theme Park shows on a rotating basis as follows:
Disney's Hollywood Studios™ – Sundays, Wednesdays
Magic Kingdom® Park – Mondays, Thursdays
Epcot® – Tuesdays, Fridays
Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park – Saturdays
Guests should request confirmation of our interpreted performance schedule a minimum of 7 days in advance by calling Walt Disney World® Resort Information at (407) 824-4321 [voice] or (407) 827-5141 [TTY]. Guests will be contacted prior to their visit with an appropriate show schedule that lists the names, dates, and times of our interpreted performances. Sign Language interpretation is one of several services available in our theme parks for Guests with hearing disabilities.
Sign Language interpretation can also be requested for other special events and shows, including the "Hoop-Dee-Doo Revue" and "Disney's Spirit of Aloha" dinner shows, with a minimum of 14 days advanced notice. Requests for interpretation at special events or shows can be made by calling Walt Disney World® Resort Information at (407) 824-4321 [voice] or (407) 827-5141 [TTY]. Guests will be contacted prior to their visit to verify arrangements.