SeaWorld Orlando Becomes Autism Certified Theme Park

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Planning a vacation to Florida?

If you have a child with autism or other special needs, you may be interested to know that SeaWorld Orlando has officially become designated as a Certified Autism Center.

In partnership with IBCCES, the global leader in autism training for licensed healthcare professionals and educators around the globe, SeaWorld Orlando has joined Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove to become the first family of parks, in the world’s leading theme park destination, to be certified.

SeaWorld Turtle Trek

So that every family has an enjoyable and memorable visit, SeaWorld Orlando offers the following specialized services for guests with autism and other special needs, including:

*SeaWorld Orlando’s staff receive specialized training to ensure they have the knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all children, including those with special needs. Training takes place in the areas of sensory awareness, environment, communication, motor & social skills, program development, and emotional awareness, as well as a comprehensive autism competency exam.


SeaWorld Sea Lions

Planning a trip? Buy in advance and save on tickets!

You can save $20 whenever you purchase a single park ticket at least three days before your visit; or save $45 when you purchase a two park ticket at least three days before your visit; or save $50 when you buy a three park ticket at least three days before your visit. Visit the SeaWorld website for even more park specials and discounts.


Did you know that Sesame Place is autism certified, too?

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Comments 12

  1. celticmommie

    This makes my heart happy. ❤

  2. J

    Awesome post! You will never know how this post will change a child’s life when parents will no longer be afraid to take their children out to have fun like everyone else.

  3. shelly

    Love this!!! Wish more places will be doing this.

  4. VANESSA

    This is truly wonderful. Thank you SeaWorld

  5. J.H.509

    Yes I wish more places would do this. Especially movie theaters. Our daughter has autism with severe sensory overload. We are unable to go to the movies as a family. I’m so happy that people are starting to become more aware. 🙂

    • Brian

      My daughter has Autism as well. The center that she receives ABA therapy through works with the local theater and sponsors a “Lights Up, Sound Down” showing every so often. Something you might research and see if there is anything around you like that. Or you can start one! 😁 Best of luck, stay encouraged. I know the struggle!

      • J.H.509

        Thank you for the information. Our local theater does have that as well but it’s like twice a year. It really should be more often. God bless you and your family. The struggle is real and the love we have for our special little ones and siblings gives us the strength to do it all.

    • shelly

      I think our AMC does something special…sensory showings or something like that at certain times. If not, inquire where you go and you might be happy with something else they could set up for you.

  6. Jacki

    I hope it clears out soon because it has been SLAMMED!

  7. Robin

    Sam’s club has awesome discounts on tickets too!

  8. C

    Amazing thank you so much for sharing, honestly it brings tears to my eyes knowing that Autism is getting more recognized and locations are helping parents go out without stigma. I can’t tell you how horrible it is when people stare and judge when they do know the circumstances.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You are SO welcome, C!

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