Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tokyo Disney Resort Offers Unique Experience for the Blind Using Models


Parkeology.com writer Teeveet had this great article about how the blind can experience some of the different attractions using models. Fascinating stuff! Check out this excerpt!

Though this Braille map is meant for those who cannot see it is really beautiful nonetheless. All Parks around the World have this type of map (above).




Available at guest services in both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea. These are hand made wooden replicas of the various attraction ride vehicles as well as certain show buildings. Guests in need are allowed to touch and examine the models to gain an understanding of what they may not be able to see. I have never seen anything like this in another theme park or anywhere else I have ever visited.


At Tokyo Disney Sea they have a fully painted model (a sub from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea) on display while the actual models meant for use are plain unpainted wood. There are shelves that house the entire range of attractions and buildings. I think the folks working guest relations found it quite funny that some American guy wanted to see them and photograph them. At first they had to ask permission to do so (something that always happens at all levels in Japan). After they were allowed to show us the girls working the counter could not stop giggling… I guess to them it is just very commonplace so taking photos of them might be like taking photos of a fire extinguisher or something… they just never thought about doing so.

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