ORLANDO, Fla. – Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld's water park, has become a certified autism center, the company announced Tuesday.

  • Aquatica becomes certified autism center
  • First water park in the world with the distinction
  • Sesame Place became the first theme park last year

Aquatica is the first water park in the world to hold that distinction, said water park officials.

Employees received special sensitivity and awareness training to help visitors with autism and their families.

"Visitors will be provided with specific information about attractions and experiences," the company said in a news release.

Additional planning resources will be added to the park's website, including a sensory guide.  A quiet room will also be available inside the park for visitors to take a break.  

Aquatica employees must undergo training every two years to keep the certification.

"We know that training and certification is the best way for organizations to ensure they can accommodate all families," said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman, in a statement. "IBCCES is proud to work with Aquatica Orlando and other leaders in the industry to increase the availability of certified options and help individuals have a safe and enriching experience when traveling or visiting a new place."

Sesame Place in Pennsylvania, one of SeaWorld's other parks, was named a certified autism center in April, becoming the first theme park in world with that distinction. Last year, Legoland Florida became a more ASD-friendly park by adding quiet rooms and offering a special pass for those who have difficulty waiting in line. 

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