This Disney Park Just Made Inclusivity History

In our current cultural climate, diversity and inclusion are incredibly important. Companies all over the world are trying to create spaces that are welcoming to everybody, and the Walt Disney Company is no different.

One Disney Park, in particular, has made Disney’s inclusivity history this Halloween season by including sign language in one of their live performances.


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By now, the Halloween season has made itself known in Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Seasonal decorations, face characters, and shows can be seen all around each Disney Park. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is no different.

One of these live shows, “Let’s Get Wicked,” now includes sign language, making the entire performance more accessible for deaf and hard-of-hearing Guests.

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According to Inside The Magic, the decision to include sign language in these Halloween performances was made due to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort’s “initiative to promote inclusion, diversity, and equity.”

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Alex Clifton, Hong Kong Disneyland’s executive director of entertainment and costuming, was inspired to make the Disney Park accessible and inclusive to all Guests after working with a friend who had cognitive disabilities and was also in a wheelchair.

Clifton states,

“There’s a responsibility to live up to the promise that Walt Disney himself made when he invited all Guests to come to our Park and be welcomed. We need to create uniquely welcoming environments and spaces for our Guests.”

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Although making an entire Disney Park accessible to all Guests can’t be done overnight, the decision to include and normalize sign language during a live performance is certainly a step in the right direction. We’re excited to see how other Disney Parks follow suit in the goal of inclusion.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.