Tips for Visiting Walt Disney World Without Speaking English


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Walt Disney World has hundreds of thousands of international guests every year. Not every single guest speaks perfect English. Disney has to know how to deal with this and they do. There are multiple resources available to you in order to help you, some from Disney, others not.

Cast Members

Most cast members will try their best to help you out. Regarding language, lots of cast members speak more than just English. Cast members who speak other languages will typically wear a small tag underneath their normal name tag that will tell you the other languages that they speak. Also, if you try to communicate with a cast member who does not speak your language, they will typically bring over a cast member who does speak your language to help you. In Epcot, all cast members in an international pavilion speak the language of the country that the pavilion is dedicated to.

Ears to the World



Ears to the World is a free service (a $25 refundable deposit is required) provided to any guests that would like it. The service is provided in the form of a headset that will automatically translate attraction audio to your native language. The languages available for translation are French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. Ears to the World helps ensure that everybody can enjoy the attractions at Walt Disney World.

Translators

Online translators can help you communicate with nearly anybody. There are very well known and popular online translators available are completely free. These include both Google Translate and Bing Translator. The app available from Google Translate for IOS and Android allows you to have a bit of an awkward conversation with somebody by both of you speaking into your phone in your native language and then Google Translate will use your phone’s speaker to tell the other person what you said in their language. Disney has free Wi-Fi across almost all of Walt Disney World, so there is no need to worry about data charges as long as you’re connected to Disney’s Wi-Fi.



*The information contained in this article represents the opinion of the author, and not necessarily the opinion of the DIS.


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