SeaWorld Orlando has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in online training and certification programs, to become designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC). It is our goal to provide every family with an enjoyable and memorable visit to SeaWorld Orlando, and we are proud to offer specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs.
SeaWorld Orlando Ambassadors receive specialized training to ensure they have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all children, including those with special needs.
Training focuses include: sensory awareness, motor skills, autism overview, program development, social skills, communication, environment, and emotional awareness.
IBCCES Sensory Guide™
The IBCCES Sensory Guide provides insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for rides and attractions at SeaWorld.
Ride Accessibility Program (RAP)
SeaWorld Orlando's Ride Accessibility Program was designed to allow guests to fully participate and enjoy our parks while keeping in mind the safety requirements of our rides and attractions.
Guests in need of some quiet time and relief from sensory stimulation can utilize a quiet room located next to the Information and Reservations Counter and inside the Child Care Facility in Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando. These rooms have features and comfortable seating for guests needing a break. The Quiet Rooms have a vacant/occupied feature to ensure privacy for our guests. Guests who would like to use a Quiet Room may do so on a first come first served basis.
Low Sensory Area
Guests in need of a less stimulating area in the park are encouraged to visit the area between Dolphin Cove and Turtle Trek.
All restrooms are accessible to guests using wheelchairs and are marked with the wheelchair symbol throughout the park.
Companion/Family Assist restrooms are located at:
• Main entrance next to “Exit Gifts” gift shop
• SeaSide Restrooms Next to the SeaWorld Gift Shop
• Journey to Atlantis® Plaza area
• Shark Encounter®
• Baby Care Center in Sesame Street at Seaworld Orlando®
• Seafire Inn Restaurant
• Voyagers Restaurant
• Spice Mill Restaurant
Manual flush toilets, for those with sensory needs, are at these locations as well.
Resources for Guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism Travel is a resource provided by The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards to help parents understand their options for travel. Autism Travel provides parents with a community to share ideas, plan trips with other families, and explore travel options at some of the most beautiful places in the world.
Sesame Street® and Autism: See Amazing in All Children
Sesame Workshop® created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from family, friends, and community.