It was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. Proclaimed by the United Nations in 1992, the year when Disneyland® Paris opened, its purpose is to facilitate integration and access to economic, social and political life for disabled persons. To show off the latest adaptations made to our Parks for assisting special needs guests with access and moving around, we go to Main Street, U.S.A.® to see what has already been achieved.
Moving around made easier
When guests enter Disneyland Paris, they are taken back to the beginning of the 20th century through the Victorian style of Main Street, U.S.A. A tiny anachronism has crept in to help disabled guests move around – can you see what it is?
9 pavements have been adapted with lower edges (there will be 27 by the time all work is completed), enabling guests in wheelchairs to move freely around Main Street from Disneyland Railroad Main Street Station to Central Plaza. A slight modification that will help all of our guests, including parents with pushchairs, for example.
Specially adapted checkouts to extend our restaurant and shopping services
If they want to have lunch on Main Street, U.S.A., special needs guests already have the option to eat at Walt’s – an American Restaurant – thanks to the central lift. Table service is available in an environment paying homage to Walt Disney and his work.
Guests now have another restaurant option. Thanks to work carried out in the autumn, Casey’s Corner is now the 1st counter-service restaurant with a specially adapted checkout.
Dimensions have been altered (wider and lower than before), enabling Cast Members to serve persons with reduced mobility. An induction loop system also helps guests who are hard of hearing or hearing-impaired by reducing background noise so that Cast Members’ voices can be heard.
There is now also a special checkout in the New Century Notions – Flora’s Unique Boutique and Disney & Co stores. Even better, they are two-sided, enabling disabled Cast Members to work there and adding to the shops that are already equipped in this way.
Further adaptations to Main Street, U.S.A. will be unveiled next spring. See you in a few months!