Visiting from Outside the USA?
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Ears to the World, Disney's Show Translators
On July 14, 2003, the newly designed Ears to the World, Disney`s Show Translator was introduced in all four theme parks. Guests can use these new light-weight, integrated, digital headset devices in more than 30 attractions across the four theme parks.
This complimentary Guest amenity translates our key narrative attractions into our most widely spoken Guest languages: French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Although there is no charge for Guests to use the device, Guests will be asked for a $100 security deposit when they obtain their translators at Guest Relations.
Official Walt Disney World Websites:
For the English or French Speaking Canadian Website visit:
America Latina Espanol: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/es/
America Latina Portugues: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/pt-br/
THE DIBB – Disney with a British Accent: http://www.thedibb.co.uk/
Sirato's Miniature America – Japanese
Sirato provides US tourist attraction information in Japanese. This link takes you to the WDW section http://www2s.biglobe.ne.jp/~n-shira/index.html
Universal Currency Converter http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
Currency Converter – This site provides a printable, pocket-size currency chart
Currency Pocket Chart http://www.oanda.com/currency/travel-exchange-rates
Walt Disney World Resort Offers International Guests
WDW PRESS RELEASE – LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.
Whether walking through World Showcase at Epcot or conversing with a resort cast member in his native language, international guests are made to feel right at home
at the Walt Disney World Resort.
With international travelers making Walt Disney World Resort a holiday location of choice, Disney is committed to providing special services to meet the needs of these guests.
International Traveler Assistance includes:
Foreign Language Assistance — By dialing 824-7900, guests
can converse with a guide in French or Spanish. Cast members
speaking such languages as Portuguese and German are often
available to assist.
Cast Member Language Assistance — In the Magic Kingdom,
Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom and all
Disney resorts, cast members who speak a foreign language wear a
gold badge with a flag from that country.
Personal Translator Units — At Epcot, personal translator units
are available for international guests. The PTU's translate shows at
several of the attractions into French, German or Spanish.
Attractions include: "The Circle of Life" at The Land, Universe of
Energy, "Wonders of China," "Impressions de France" and "O
Guidebooks — Detailed maps of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and
Disney-MGM Studios are provided in Spanish, French, German,
Portuguese and Japanese at any guest relations location.
Currency Exchange — Banking services and currency exchange
are available at Sun Trust locations at Magic Kingdom and across
from Downtown Disney Marketplace; hours are from 9 a.m. until 4
p.m. Currency exchange is also provided at all Disney resorts and
theme park guest relations locations, up to $50.
World Showcase — An entertaining international expo featuring
11 distinct pavilions at Epcot. Each pavilion was designed to
capture the essence of a nation — from its cuisine to wares in the
shops. Cultural representatives from the countries add flavor to the
Telephone Software — Walt Disney World resorts recently
implemented new software designed to expedite the international
dialing process. The system allows guests to dial direct to
international destinations, avoiding any operator assistance.
Public Telephones — Throughout Walt Disney World Resort, pay
telephones have instructions in Spanish, French, German,
Portuguese and Japanese.
International Calling Cards — Available at Guest Relations in the
Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Disney's Animal
Magic Kingdom Guided Tours — Keys to the Kingdom and
Family Magic tours are offered in Spanish, Japanese, French,
German, Portuguese and Italian.
Interpretation of Ticket Media — All ticket sales locations and
Guest Relations have details of ticket media posted in Spanish,
Portuguese, French, German and Italian.
Our family truly believes that WDW is the happiest place on earth The journey from UK, however, is long and very tiring. We now feel, after several trips, that we have perfected getting over the jet lag. If you catch a flight that gets you to America about 3pm we always want to go to sleep but we have found this is really bad as you will suffer the jet lag longer and will wake at 3 in the morning!!! Instead we collect all the park brochures and go to Downtown Disney for a meal and look over the brochures at dinner and do a bit of planning. After this depending, on the time we found a trip to the cinema was relaxing. By then everyone was tired enough to sleep reasonably well and was not be affected by the jet lag so much. However it will still affect you a little!!! You will wake early!! We took this as an oppurtunity to go to Animal Kingdom before it opens and get on the Safari while its still quiet. We saw loads of animals and were the second safari to leave that day. After this everyone is tired so we go to a waterpark for the day just to unwind (and get a headstart on the tan!!!!). this plan might not work for you but it certainly halped us a great deal!!! (Jo Wiggins)