SeaWorld Orlando Joins Aquatica and Discovery Cove as Certified Autism Centers


Exciting news for SeaWorld Orlando! The amusement theme park has been designated as a certified autism center by The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).

SeaWorld Orlando joins Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove to become the first family of parks in Orlando to be certified.

“We are incredibly proud to be the first family of Orlando theme parks to achieve these certifications,” said Mark Pauls, SeaWorld Orlando park president, in a statement.

The parks are now required to provide ongoing training to ensure that team members have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament and expertise to interact with all families and children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum.

A park specific sensory guide has been added to SeaWorld Orlando’s website, helping parents to plan activities that satisfy their child’s specific needs and accommodations by providing insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for each attraction.

“SeaWorld Orlando creates fun, educational experiences that are intended to be enjoyed by all,” Pauls added. “We think the training and the park specific sensory guides provide useful information to ensure that our guests are armed with all the information they need to prepare, be informed and enjoy their time at our parks.”

In other fun SeaWorld news, the park recently debuted Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando, an interactive six-acre land providing all the fun, laughter and learning of Sesame Street. The land features the iconic Sesame Street neighborhood including Abby Cadabby’s Garden, Big Bird’s Nest, Mr. Hooper’s Store and the famous 123 Stoop, as well as everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends and a first ever daily parade.

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By Jeff Hyatt

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