For this week, the park will undergo a number of changes to accommodate kids and families affected by autism. There are plans for sensory-friendly shows that keep sound a constant level, remove flashing lights, and feature kid-friendly characters like Franklin the Turtle and Charlie Brown. Special print guides will help families locate quiet areas in the park and differentiate between sensory friendly attractions and more stimulating ones. Staff are also equipped to handle any questions and concerns as Dorney provides them with training in autism through the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL).
And with the discounted tickets being $42, all of this fun comes to a cost $9 cheaper from regular “good any day” Dorney tickets. The accessibility is refreshing; Dorney Park seems to be hopping on the bandwagon of making their business more accommodating to all kinds of families. As the number of kids affected by autism increases every year (1 in 59 as of 2016), restaurants, theaters, and attraction parks have started to open up their locations to wider audiences by becoming more inclusive.
Dorney Park is following suit with their Autism Awareness Week, but they’re not stopping there. They are making some season-long changes to benefit families affected by autism also, such as opening a Family Care Center equipped with a quiet space and giving out free “sensory pack” rentals, which contain things like stress-reducing shoulder weights, ear-muffs, and fidget toys. These options will be available even after the week of awareness is over.
If you’re looking for something to do with your kids in the heat of next week, visit Dorney Park!