Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jun 4, 2015
    Sunshine from FL Asked

    Hi!! We are planning our trip for December 6th-12th 2015 for my family of 4. My question is, my daughter has glaucoma and is legally blind. She needs to sit close to shows and parades. How do I go about doing this?

    Hi, Sunshine! (What a totally awesome name - especially for someone from Florida.)

    My husband is also legally blind, so I have lots of experience navigating the theme parks with someone who is visually impaired.  The best thing for you to do at any attraction that requires you to watch a show or see a stage or screen is to let the cast members at the entrance of the attraction know that your daughter is visually impaired and will require a seat up front.  They are usually able to accommodate you, depending on when you arrive, at the next show.  

    There are also handheld audio description devices available through guest services at any of the theme parks.  These can help provide descriptions of the visual elements that your daughter may not be able to see clearly.  You can find more information about other services that may benefit you during your stay by visiting Walt Disney World Visual Disability Services.

    One thing I've learned through the years since my husband lost partial vision is that you can't get something you don't ask for.  If you think there is something the cast members could do to make your visit more enjoyable, ask.  The worst thing that will happen is they can't accommodate the request.

    Have an absolutely wonderful time!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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