Since LEGOLAND’s Florida property opened in 2011, the theme park has been exceptionally accessible and accommodating for children with special needs, both physical and cognitive. Already with a range of offerings catering to kids and adults of all walks of life, LEGOLAND just announced an expansion of its efforts for families traveling with special needs.
Before Your Visit
While planning your trip to LEGOLAND, take advantage of the park’s pre-arrival services. Check out the Special Situations section under Planning Your Visit on the site and read through the Guide for Guests with Disabilities and learn all about the park’s guest services. Get to know the park map and feel more confident navigating the various guest services, rides and important concession stands, including first-aid and lost-and-found, before your trip. Read up on the best places to stay and visit for your family from the water park and accessibility features to live shows and seasonal events.
Does your family have dietary restrictions and allergies to consider? No problem. Read through the extensive list of dining options and locations based on your dairy-free, soy-free, tree nut-free, egg-free, gluten-free diets. Search by vegan and vegetarian options and come prepared, or download and print the document to take with you.
Plan Your Visit
Before you book your flight and hotel, check out the best time for you. With a variety of events popping up benefitting autism awareness and research, book your trip during Brick Dash 5K, April 14, benefiting kids in need. Watch or join in as families race through LEGOLAND Florida Resort and feel good about the run as proceeds go toward Merlin’s Magic Wand — an international charity aiding families with serious illness and injury.
Check out the theme park’s hands-on building opportunity for kids, April 28, during the Autism Speaks Walk at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., or hold off until later in the summer for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. The Swimming Lesson, June 21, gains awareness for autism and drowning prevention.
While booking your trip, use the special April discount benefiting Autism Speaks through this link. Purchase your print-at-home tickets, $40–62.50, plus tax, through April 30.
At the Park
If you ever need assistance while at the park, head to guest services. Located near the entrance and exit of both parks, the well-trained staff can assist your family with any last-minute issues and questions.
While at Guest Services, families with limited mobility may want to opt for a Hero Pass at no additional cost. Available for guests in wheelchairs or unable to wait on line for an extended period of time, the pass allows the guest expedited access with the help of LEGOLAND staff.
Don’t forget about all of the extra and incredibly helpful services available on site, such as specifically designed spaces including Baby Care facilities, first-aid rooms and sensory-sensitive quiet rooms, complete with noise-cancelling headphones, weighted comfort blankets and plush toys for guests that may need a break.
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