March 26, 2014

Disney Braille Menus

Disney has introduced new braille menus at their restaurants. This was announced in a recent Disney newsletter: 

Sixteen Walt Disney World restaurants now offer Braille menus for guests with visual impairments. The locations are:
Magic Kingdom
·        Columbia Harbour House
·        Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe
·        Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe
·        Pinocchio Village Haus
·        Electric Umbrella
·        Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
·        Liberty Inn
·        Sunshine Seasons
Hollywood Studios
·        ABC Commissary
·        Backlot Express
·        Pizza Planet
·        Rosie's All American Cafe 
Animal Kingdom
·        Flame Tree BBQ
·        Tusker House
·        Pizzafari
·        Restaurantosaurus
Cast members are also available to read menus to guests at locations that do not yet offer Braille menus, or at a guest's request. The Braille menus are a brand-new offering, so you will likely need to ask for a lead or manager to find the menu—most front-line servers or cashiers won't know about it yet as the training rolls out.
Disney agreed to provide "certain Braille schedules, menus, and maps" as part of a settlement reached in 2013 in a class action lawsuit claiming Disney failed to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The domestic Disney theme parks have made other changes stemming from this settlement in recent months, including installing Braille maps in the theme parks and Downtown Disney; adding and installing signs for service animal relief areas on Disney property; and providing crates where visitors can leave service animals while riding attractions the dogs are not permitted to ride.