orlandovacation_braille-mapOne of the many great reasons to visit Disney World is the great care they take to make sure every guest can enjoy the parks. There are many resources available for guests at all four theme parks, including Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check out the basics you need to know when visiting Hollywood Studios, and then check out our complete special needs guide for all Disney parks.

Assistance for guests with visual disabilities

If you or someone in your party has a visual disability, stop by the Guest Relations booth located at the entrance to the park. You can choose between a Braille guidebook or an audio tour of the park. You will be required to pay a per-item deposit, but it’ll be fully refunded when you return the item on the same day. You can also ask for braille maps, which are yours to keep and are provided free of charge.

orlandovacation_service-animalService animals in Hollywood Studios

If you’re taking a service animal to Hollywood Studios, or any of the Disney parks, be aware that people frequently stop in the middle of sidewalks to enjoy street performers, to consult their maps, or to take advantage a photo opportunity. As a result, you’ll need to walk with caution. Many attractions allow service animals, and those that don’t will have a safe waiting area. Inquire at each attraction or ask the experts at Guest Relations.

Parking and courtesy wheelchairs

There is a large parking area just outside the gates specifically for those with a valid handicapped permit. The proximity to the main gate makes it an easy walk for some, but others choose to take advantage of the courtesy wheelchairs that are available to get you into the park where you can rent a mobility scooter or wheelchair.

Where to rent wheelchairs

orlandovacation_oscars-wheelchair-rentalStop by Oscar’s Super Service right inside the main entrance to rent either a wheelchair or ECV. You can also stop by Tatooine Traders at Star Tours or The Writer’s Shop for replacement wheelchairs. If you’re in the parks and can’t find these spots, just ask a cast member for assistance.

Use a companion restroom

There are numerous companion restrooms throughout Disney Hollywood Studios, including:

  • At the First Aid station
  • Across from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Across from Star Tours
  • Within Fantasmic!
  • In Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • By Sound Stage 3 on Mickey Avenue

If you have special needs that aren’t addressed in this article, you have a few options. Call ahead to find out how your unique needs can be accommodated, or stop by Guest Relations when you get to the parks. You’ll find that Disney does everything they possibly can to assure the comfort and convenience of every guest.