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AudioSpot app at Disneyland Paris increases accessibility for the visually impaired

by Susan and Simon Veness

Blind and visually impaired guests at Disneyland Paris will now have the ability to access audio descriptions content via the AudioSpot mobile app to enhance their park-going experience.

Photo courtesy of Disneyland Paris

Locations in the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, such as Animagique Theater’s “Mickey and the Magician” show and the new Marvel Avenger Campus restaurants and Hero Training Center, as well as the entries to attractions and more, have been equipped with audio description technology to provide a more immersive experience.

Select restaurants in both parks will also have audio descriptions of their menus and atmosphere.

Fun Fact: In 2018, Mickey and the Magician received the “Coup de Coeur de l’Innovation” trophy from the French Association Tourisme et Handicaps for the use of French Sign Language in the show.

AudioSpot is available in French and English, which can automatically be translated into Spanish, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Catalan, Arabic and Danish, based on the guest’s smartphone default language.

The initiative is the result of teamwork between Accessibility, Entertainment, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

Since 2004, Disneyland Paris’s two parks have received the “Tourisme et Handicap” state brand in recognition of their compliance with French accessibility standards.

For the full Accessibility Guide to Disneyland Paris, click here.


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