Why Sesame Place is Pennsylvania’s Top Autism-Friendly Vacation Destination

January 22, 2019 by Sesame Place Insider, Sesame Place

When you’ve decided to take a family vacation, planning is often half the fun! Family vacations are exciting times to make memories and enjoy time with loved ones, but we know that planning for a child with autism comes with an additional set of considerations. As the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center, Sesame Place is proud to cater to all children. Get to know why Sesame Place is Pennsylvania’s top autism-friendly vacation spot.

Plan Activities Ahead

Before you arrive to Sesame Place, you can view our sensory guide, which allows you to chart out the activities that cater to your child's needs and accommodations. You and your family can arrive ready to enjoy an unforgettable adventure! 

Rides for All

At Sesame Place, we have rides and activities for everyone to enjoy. Our Ride Accessibility Program matches the individual abilities of our guests to the requirements of each ride. Fill out the Ride Accessibility Questionnaire before your arrival, and bring it to the Welcome Center to receive a list of rides and attractions customized for your family. If your child is eligible for our Special Access Pass, he or she and up to three guests will receive priority  boarding on up to six dry rides and up to three of the following water slides: Slimey's Chutes, Sky Splash, Sesame Streak, and Slippery Slopes. The Special Access Pass can also be used at Big Bird's Rambling River.

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Trust Our Team Members

What makes Sesame Place extra special is our expertly trained team members. We're proud that our team members receive specialized training focusing on autism and sensory awareness, certified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Rest assured that our team members are here to make every visit an easily enjoyable experience for you and your family. 

Find Peace and Quiet

When it's time for down time, Sesame Place has easily accessible quiet rooms available for you and your children. WhispEars noise-cancelling headphones are also available at the Welcome Center to provide the best environment possible for those with hearing sensitivity. 

Making a Place for Everyone

Increasing the awareness and understanding of autism is at the heart of Sesame Street's mission. Making Julia, the sweet and curious 4-year-old with autism, part of the Sesame Street gang was one step towards teaching children and families about acceptance. Receiving our status as a Certified Autism Center is another big milestone on the journey to making space for children of all abilities. 

Sesame Place autism friendly theme park

Learn more about Sesame Place's designation as a Certified Autism Center and plan a family trip today