Disney Show Goes Sensory-Friendly
A group behind efforts to make Broadway shows accessible to those with autism and other developmental disabilities is now setting its sights on accommodating young kids with special needs.
The Theatre Development Fund said it will offer an autism-friendly performance of “Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure” for the first time next month in New York City.
The show will be tweaked to ensure there are no jarring noises or strobe lights and there will be a quiet area and activity stations in the theater lobby staffed with autism experts and trained volunteers in case children need a break during the performance. What’s more, organizers said they will sell just 2,000 tickets for the 5,000-seat venue in order to ensure a welcoming environment.
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Similar accommodations have been made for autism-friendly versions of popular Broadway productions like “The Lion King” and “SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark.”
Since the Theatre Development Fund began organizing autism-friendly performances of Broadway shows in 2011, the group said it has consulted with theaters nationwide to help them make similar accommodations for local audiences with disabilities.
The Disney show is scheduled for April 19 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Tickets for the 90-minute performance range from $32 to $69.