• This Made Our Day: Disney Park Cast Members Talk to Deaf Children by Sign Language

    Here's hoping other family-friendly places follow their example.


  • Disney has made an art out of making its theme parks a magical and special place to all kids, including deaf and mute children. 

    The heartwarming video above shows a little girl named Shaylee. She's deaf and communicates with other people using sign language. In school, other people can understand her but elsewhere it's is a different story. In a recently released commercial, Disney Parks shows parents and other kids like Shaylee that Disney parks are not the same as other places. 

    The ad shows Shaylee from three years ago, dressed in a Tinkerbell costume, at a Disney Park to meet the real Tinkerbell. Her jaw drops, and her eyes fill with amazement when Tinkerbell introduces herself with sign laguage. "Hi, my name is T-I-N-K," the fairy tells her. 

    Fast forward to today and Shaylee, with her family, has come back to the magical place. Minnie Mouse signs to Shaylee, asking her name and telling her hers. Shaylee lights up while Minnie watches her sign S-H-A-Y-L-E-E. "It made her proud of her own language. She made that connection," said Manny Johnson, Shaylee's dad who is also deaf. 

    The world is becoming a better, a more inclusive, place.

    Watch the whole video, posted by Nyle Dimarco on Facebook and viewed over 2 million times.

View More Stories About
View more articles
Sign In with your website account