‘Paint the Night’ at Disneyland Resort is First Disney Parks Parade to Offer Audio Description and Handheld Captioning for Guests with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.

by , Communications, WDI


If you have seen “Paint the Night,” you know that the parade illuminates Disneyland Resort with more than 1.5 million LED lights, bringing music, magic and brilliant color to our guests. What you may not know is that for the first time Disney engineers have made the parade available through both Audio Description and Handheld Captioning, making the new nighttime spectacular a more inclusive and memorable experience for guests with visual or hearing disabilities.

This service works by providing guests a small, handheld device that utilizes Disney-patented, wireless technology which enables the device to know its location in the park and triggers pre-programmed actions. For example, during “Paint the Night,” guests with visual disabilities who use the device hear descriptions of the visual elements of the parade. The device receives signals from each parade float as it passes by, prompting it to play pre-recorded audio that describes the float. The device, available at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A., and offered at no cost with a refundable deposit, also provides amplified audio for assistive listening.

Disneyland Resort continues to offer these and other services for guests with disabilities for several shows and spectaculars, including “World of Color – Celebrate!” in Disney California Adventure park and “Fantasmic!” in Disneyland park.


  • Very cool!
    I love Paint the Night. 🙂

  • As a young hearing impaired adult and Disney fan I look forward to trying out these services. I love the “Paint the Night” parade! I have an annual pass and will try this next time I visit. Is the “Disneyland Forever” show also included?

    • Hi Angelica – At this time the service is offered for the nighttime spectaculars “Paint the Night,” “World of Color – Celebrate!,” and “Fantasmic!” Other locations can be found here.

  • Awesome! Glad to see accessibility being added to more technologies. I know those responsible will surely feel a sense of accomplishment as their creations can now be experienced by people who couldn’t before. I know I felt the same when modifying educational software to be used by all.

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