ATI Disney Unveils First-of-its-Kind Outdoor Audio Description Technology for Guests
freespirit52 at charter.net
Tue Jun 29 11:49:56 CDT 2010
John Gassman wrote:
I can't wait to try this here at Disneyland. I hope I can test it before
it becomes available next year.
Please pass this along to various lists.
Disney Unveils First-of-its-Kind Outdoor Audio Description Technology for
Guests with Disabilities
Beginning June 27, guests with visual disabilities can explore Walt Disney
World theme parks in a whole new way through an enhanced Disney-designed
device that provides detailed audio description of outdoor areas and fits in
the palm of a guest's hand.
"Disney Parks have long been at the forefront of providing accessibility
for guests with disabilities," says Greg Hale, chief safety officer and vice
president, Worldwide Safety and Accessibility, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
"We are pleased to build on this legacy with new technology that enables us
to do something that has never been done beforeprovide rich audio
description in moving rides and outdoor environments."
Via an interactive audio menu, the newly enhanced Assistive Technology
Device lets guests choose the type of information they would like to receive
about outdoor areas, from architectural elements to the location of the
nearest restroom. The 7.2-ounce device, which utilizes wireless technology
to pinpoint its location and take pre-programmed actions, also offers guests
at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort detailed audio description
of key visual elements, including action and scenery, for more than 50
attractions; amplified audio for most theater-type attractions for guests
with mild to moderate hearing loss; handheld captioning that enables guests
to read captions while enjoying specific rides; and activation of closed
captioning in pre-show areas where television displays narrate the upcoming
Disney has patented and licensed the assistive technology, which could
serve a wide variety of retail, commercial and industrial applications. The
technology is already being used at the World of Coca Cola Museum, The Hall
at Patriot Place and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and will receive the
National Society of Professional Engineers 2010 "New Product Award" next
The Handheld Assistive Device is offered at no cost with a refundable
deposit at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort theme parks. Audio
description of outdoor areas will be available at Disneyland Resort next
John Gassman Sales Reservation agent WDTC
Providing guests with their very own Daily disney Shangri-la!
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