As we approach autism awareness month this April, it’s important to reflect on the improvements made throughout the nation to better serve those in the autism spectrum, as well as the advancements that continue to be made in the present.

Of these, the changes enacted by multiple theme parks to fulfill the needs of guests with autism is a rising trend we’re thrilled about. Every guest deserves the chance to make the most out of their vacation regardless of their special needs, which makes it so exciting to see destinations like the upcoming Peppa Pig Theme Park become certified autism centers. 

So, what exactly does this certification mean, and what should guests expect from the park when it finally opens to the public? Keep reading to learn everything we know so far! 

What is a Certified Autism Center? 

Ultimately, certified autism centers — like Orlando Vacation — are dedicated to keeping the best interests in mind for travelers who have autism or have a member with autism in their party. This title is specially granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) after careful consideration, so visitors can rest easy knowing the announcement isn’t simply a PR stunt to increase interest. 

Companies that wish to meet IBCESS’ standards for autism centers must: 

  • Commit to accessibility and training regarding autism 
  • Employ at least 80% of guest-facing staff who are certified and trained in autism 
  • Dedicate their services to individuals with autism 
  • Receive an onsite review and approval from IBCCES experts 

With 1 in 44 children having been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, it’s clear that these centers are more necessary than ever. 

Some other popular locations that are certified autism centers include Discovery Cove Orlando, Disney World Orlando, and Aquatica Orlando. 

What Makes Peppa Pig Theme Park Safe for Guests on the Autism Spectrum?  

The Peppa Pig Theme Park focused on a few key developments to receive this accreditation, such as creating accessible attractions including: 

  • The wheelchair-friendly Muddy Puddles Splash Pad and Peppa Pig’s Balloon Ride  
  • The sensory-rich Peppa’s Pedal Bike Tour trail 

In addition, guests will receive a sensory guide for the theme park to help them make the most out of their experience. According to some of its leaders, the park’s staff also received comprehensive training on autism awareness and sensitivity. 

As if this wasn’t great enough, Legoland Florida has also committed to becoming an autism center, ensuring visitors have plenty to look forward to once autism awareness month approaches. 

When Will Peppa Pig Theme Park Open?  

The long wait is almost over! Peppa Pig Theme Park will finally open to the public on February 24, 2022, launching alongside a variety of entertainment, rides, and other autism-friendly attractions. 

Of course, you won’t be the only one hoping to experience the park, so don’t hesitate to purchase your tickets through Orlando Vacation as soon as possible! Contact us today to speak with a friendly vacation expert and learn what makes us a certified autism center. All of our agents are certified autism travel professionals, and we’re ready to help your family plan an epic Orlando Vacation! Don’t forget to book an Autism Friendly Vacation Home near Disney World.