I remember the early days travelling to Walt Disney World with my then younger, special needs son having to carefully read what the height requirements were for each attraction. It was fine for me, but for him the visuals were not as powerful or convincing because he could not read or interpret a chart.
Recently, Jamie Langdon, Social Media Manager for The Walt Disney Company wrote a blog post for the Disney Parks Blog announcing a new infographic for all theme parks which is not only informative, but visually appealing and user friendly.
Now, I can simply point to the attraction and then point to the height requirement for my son, who is still for the most part non-verbal, and show him the rule. I already showed him the infographics and he is already making the visual connections by their use of comparative colour code systems. Not only is he drawing comparisons, but this system promotes the learning his colours. He has always had trouble identifying his colours to this day.
I plan on sharing this chart with other special needs families because now, they too, can pre-plan their attraction visits based on their child’s height. This colour code system is so logical and easy to use.
For families in my situation, we get to assign a colour to our children which they themselves can use to identify which attractions are suited for them based on their height. It’s easy and it makes sense. The visuals are great because most folks are visual learners and observers and this system takes a lot of guesswork out of planning.
Families of special needs children can even replicate the height graphic character for their child and bring it along as a part of the visual schedule board and incorporate its use with the FastPass+ and Disability Access Service Card. I would even tape it to the top of the DAS Card for my son to draw the comparison on the spot, as well, having it right on the DAS Card would support the ‘follow the rules’ as stipulated by Guest Services. This way I can pin the blame so to speak on the Cast Members at Guest Services…..my son won’t question authority. If you know what I mean.
Here are the infographics for each Walt Disney World Resort theme park that I copied from the Disney Parks Blog Post, dated, February 20, 2015, written by Jamie Langdon.
All infographic photos are courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog, The Walt Disney Company.
I hope this new infographic colour coded system will make your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort easy and memorable.