LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 16, 2017 – Walt Disney World Resort is known as a place where magic lives and dreams really do come true. Such was the case during a recent visit by a young guest at Magic Kingdom Park. After months of using a wheelchair, a young woman caught a glimpse of her favorite character and got out of her wheelchair to hug Minnie Mouse. When this young girl’s parents saw how powerful Disney magic could be to help someone with a disability, they decided to move to Orlando to be closer to Walt Disney World Resort.
This is one of the many heartwarming stories shared by Cast Members on March 3 and 4 at the Conductive Education Center of Orlando’s (CECO) second annual “Make it Possible! Abilities Technology Expo.” The Expo featured innovative technology designed to assist people with disabilities to become more independent. Cast Members working the event listened with rapt attention and were excited to reciprocate by sharing examples of the advanced technology and services that allows all guests with disabilities to enjoy Disney Parks and Resorts.
Disney Parks are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors. A host of services are available for guests with disabilities, including assisting guests with motor disabilities enjoy nearly 50 attractions by remaining in their wheelchairs.
“It’s enjoyable to provide proactive education to someone who hasn’t considered visiting a Disney Park for fear their needs cannot be accommodated. It’s amazing to see the reaction when they realize there are a lot of things to do,” said Mark Jones, senior manager with the Access & Services for Guest with Disabilities team for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “Having a disability doesn’t prohibit anyone from having a great time at Disney.”
To kick off the “Make it Possible! Abilities Tech Expo,” a video clip from ABC’s hit program “Speechless” was shared, which focuses on one’s family journeyto advocate on behalf of a son who has cerebral palsy.
“’Speechless’ encourages students to live a fuller life by featuring a brave, young man with motor disabilities who uses every chance to succeed through his own valiant efforts,” said Rosene Johnson, Executive Director of CECO. “We’re beyond proud to have the support of Disney that is constantly pushing the envelope to make the impossible, possible.”
To read more about the services available at Walt Disney World for guests with disabilities, click here.