Hearing and vision impairments affect all areas of daily living, and entertainment is no exception. Guests with these issues may worry that they will miss a significant portion of what EPCOT has to offer.
Fortunately, visitors to EPCOT needn’t worry at all. Disney’s guest service is legendary, and the parks are fully equipped to ensure that all guests, regardless of disability, are able to enjoy their Disney vacation. Additionally, Walt Disney World offers a total sensory experience: sound, sight, touch, and even smell combine to create magic. Thus, a guest who has impairment of one sense can still utilize their remaining senses for a totally immersive experience.
Upon arriving at Epcot the first thing you will want to do is go by the Customer Service Center, which is located to the left of Spaceship Earth (the giant golf ball). Describe the nature of your disability to the Cast Member at the desk, and he or she will provide you with the assistance that you require. Guests with visual disabilities may choose a Braille guidebook or an audio tour of the park. A per-item deposit is required and will be refunded if you return the item the same day. Braille maps are also available free of charge.
The audio tour provides a guided walking tour of the park. It is quite detailed and includes helpful information such as the distance between attractions. There are also descriptions of each attraction.
For guests with hearing disabilities, listening devices that amplify the soundtracks of the attractions are available. A deposit is required and will be refunded when you return the device the same day. A park guide map is available that will show which attractions participate. Additionally, some attractions offer reflective and video captioning, or have scripts available. Ask individually at each attraction.
Epcot represents the culmination of one of Walt Disney’s biggest dreams. A World’s Fair-styled utopia representing the best of world culture today and showcasing the technology of the future, Epcot is Disney’s first educational entertainment park. It is divided into two main areas: Future World and the World Showcase.
This section of the park gives guests a sneak peek into the technology of the near future. A mix of rides and shows are offered here.
This area of the park is styled as a World’s Fair. Pavilions from countries around the world offer a variety of rides, shows, shopping, and dining. This section of the park should offer no particular difficulties to guests with vision or hearing impairments.
Epcot is the culmination of Walt Disney’s dreams of a utopian ideal. With a bit of advanced planning and the use of assistive equipment, guests with visual or hearing impairments can fully enjoy the experience. Plan to spend some time at this park, taking in all of the sensory details.