Experience accessible attractions in Central Florida for travelers with special needs. Our destination offers unique experiences, offering unforgettable memories, accessible attractions, and sensory-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at the locations below and the services they provide to create the most welcoming adventures possible.
Accessible Attractions and Sensory Inclusion Vacations
Peppa Pig Theme Park
Peppa Pig Theme Park opened in early 2022 and was America’s first theme park to be granted the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Educations Standards (IBCCES) Certified Autism Center (CAC) designation. This park is loved by many families, especially those with children ages 0-6.
The park has an excellent pre-planning sensory guide designed by the IBCCES providing information on touch, taste, sound, sight and smell. Sensory guidelines according to these specifications are posted on every ride and attraction in the park. All the staff members are equipped to assist guests with sensory sensitivities, and the park also offers quiet areas and sensory kits.
Other than sensory inclusion the park grants children with accessibility requirements a special Hero Pass. The Hero Pass allows for a one-time expedited attractions access for the guest who is assigned the pass and their party (up to 6). The Mr. Bull ride offers assisted transfer, the Muddy Puddles splash pad has transfer tables and Peppa’s Balloon Ride has a wheelchair-accessible basket that allows for a child to roll directly onto the ride vehicle without needing transfer, while still having space for a grown-up to accompany the child.
The CAC designation has also been extended to LEGOLAND Florida and each of its hotels, as well as ADA compliant rides. LEGOLAND is just a few steps from the Peppa Pig Theme Park and is simply Florida’s greatest theme park for children up to 12 years old. Many of the features included in the Peppa Pig Theme Park including sensory guides, low sensory areas, certified staff members and kits are also available here at LEGOLAND Florida.
Florida Children’s Museum
This fabulous new 48,000 square ft. museum is situated within the beautiful new Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland. The Florida Children’s Museum offers ADA compliant access, and has worked in close partnership with the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (C.A.R.D) and the University of South Florida to be Autism Friendly. The colors, the layout of the museum and the acoustics are all chosen and designed to make the museum as fun and enriching an experience as possible for all children. There is a quiet room in the museum and sensory kits include noise-reducing headphone, sunglasses and a hand fidget toy. The museum has also prepared a beautiful Social Story that can be downloaded ahead of the family’s visit that helps children and families understand what to expect.
Bok Tower Gardens
Bok Tower Gardens is recognized as an ‘Autism Friendly’ business by the Center For Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) at the University of South Florida. We have collaborated with CARD to provide tools for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other sensory processing or cognitive impairments in order to make your visit special and enjoyable. To learn more about CARD-USF visit USF.TO/AUTISM