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American Sign Language:  "Disneyland"

Also see: Disney Signing


A traditional sign used by many Deaf in the southern California area (who actually live near Disneyland) is done by twisting a "D" on the side of your chin, twice.

DISNEYLAND (common version used for many years by many but not all Southern California residents who live near Disneyland).

Model: Byron Cantrell (Native Deaf, Deaf School/Georgia, Deaf wife, Deaf kids, long-time ASL instructor.)



Disneyland (depictive version) (also means Mickey Mouse)  Tap your head once or twice with C hands to depict Mickey Mouse (or Minnie Mouse -- in context).






Okay, look I used to live in Fullerton, California which is right next to Anaheim, California.  I lived there for six months and drove past Disneyland daily and the place came up in conversations very frequently native Deaf friends and associates who lived in the Anaheim, California area. Then I made a thing of taking groups of students on 3-day "Silent Weekend" ASL immersions to Disneyland on an annual basis for over a decade.  My point in sharing that info with you is to let you know that I have solid, firsthand (pun intended) experience with the sign for Disneyland.  Online you can see many younger vloggers showing the sign for Mickey Mouse as if it were the sign for Disneyland.  If enough people sign something (even if it is not the traditional, longstanding sign) that sign will eventually spread and probably become thought of as being "the" sign for the concept to which you are referring.  In other words, if you call a dog's tail a leg long enough and often enough people might start conversing about dogs as if dogs had 5 legs.  With that in mind I'm going to include both the older, traditional version the sign for Disneyland and also the more depictive / iconic "mouse ears" version of the sign for Disneyland.  -- Bill

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