Its summer again, here’s our run down of the best theme parks for children with special needs

Best Theme Parks for Special Needs Children

Best Theme Parks

Summer is almost here once again. The kids are about to get out of school for the summer, and will go stir crazy sitting around the house playing video games. If you found this page, you must be on a search for the Best Theme Parks. While searching for amusement parks near me, and discount theme park tickets, I noticed that there are many new amusement parks near me. Some are indoor amusement parks, and some are outdoor theme parks. But the one thing that really surprised me, was that there are so many amusement parks for special needs children now. Children with sensory issues and other special needs should enjoy summer as much as anyone else.

Loud noises, bright lights, big crowds and long waits in lines can be overwhelming for a special needs child, but the experience of a theme park can be memorable.

Several of the best theme parks, including Disneyland and Universal Studios, have special programs for parents of special needs children who need quiet rooms, fast passes, rerides, strollers and even a theme park provided ‘buddy’ in some cases to help them on and off of rides.

I recommend bringing 3 things when visiting amusementparks.

  • • Sunglasses for parades, light shows or nighttime productions. The lights can be so bright that they can cause sensory overload to special needs children.
  •  Noise-cancelling Headphones for your child to use all day. Make sure that they fit securely so that your child can where them on rides without fear of them falling off. Headphones are also useful when in lines to filter out background noise. You can also connect the noise-cancelling headphones to your cell Phone and play calming music for your child while you waiting in lines at the amusement park.
  • Games and Apps on your phone. Find the ones that cater to children with special needs or others that can help calm your child when they have sensory overload.

The Best Theme Parks will have a guest services department. This should be your first stop when arriving at the amusement park. Each theme park offers different types of programs and services. I is important to familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures for children with sensory issues and special needs at each theme park.

At the best theme parks, make sure to ask if the following services are offered:

  • A theme park employee to wait in really long lines to hold your spot if your child struggles to wait in long lines.
  • Theme park break rooms – to get away from the noise and lights at the amusement park.
  • Special amusement ride entry for children with sensory issues and special needs.
  • A theme park employee to accompany your child on amusement rides.
  • Wheel chairs and strollers for children that have trouble standing or walking for long periods of time.

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