Six Flags believes every person should be able to enjoy a day at an amusement park. Six Flags: Great Adventure in New Jersey will be hosting their second Autism Day on May 8, 2019 a day where the park will be closed to everyone except to kids on the spectrum and their families, educators and friends.
Children with autism or other sensory difficulties can become easily overwhelmed and overstimulated in the noisy, crowded and chaotic environment that’s often typical of an amusement park. On its second Autism Day, six flags will be modified to be sensory-friendly, eliminating things that can be frightening or overwhelming for individuals on the spectrum.
The park will have:
- Lowered light and music levels
- Shorter lines and special accommodations for kids unable to stand in line
- Designated decompression areas that are stocked with sensory-friendly items such as iPads and bean-bag chairs to sit on. These places are designed to give kids a quiet place to decompress when their surroundings become too much to handle.
- An improved system for rating rides based on sensory and thrill levels
- More highly-trained staff (more than 100) available to assist the kids
This year’s event will feature more rides for younger kids, as well as a few more challenging ones for the older individuals. The park will also offer more decompression areas and trained staff.
Entertainment places all over the country are working to become more accommodating for families with children on the autism spectrum. Kids with ASD and those with sensory difficulties can become overwhelmed in an unfamiliar social setting, with too many people and sounds around them, preventing them from being able to focus on one person’s question or one activity at a time.