photo: Benjamin Peacock/ LEGOLAND Florida Resort

A visit to a theme park is always a bit of an overwhelming experience, but for a child with autism, the experience can be entirely too much. That’s why LEGOLAND Florida has come up with some unique ways to make their park more inclusive and fun for all of its visitors.

LEGOLAND Florida announced in a recent press release that it will be adding special “quiet rooms” to its theme park to accommodate guests with autism spectrum disorders. In partnership with Autism Speaks, the popular family destination has created specially equipped rooms where kids can play with LEGOs while wearing noise-cancelling headphones. The facilities, where families can go when they need to take a break from the crowds and overstimulation, will also offer soft toys and weighted blankets for use.

photo: Benjamin Peacock/ LEGOLAND Florida Resort

In addition to these quiet rooms, the park will also offer guests no-cost line passes, called Blue Hero Passes, that allow guests with autism spectrum disorders to skip having to wait in long lines. Park employees have received special training in how to better assist guests with special needs and the park has also created illustrated walk-through guides of their rides so that parents and kids know exactly what to expect before they get on.

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