Six Flags parks in the United States and Mexico are now making park visits easier for guests with autism and physical disabilities. Six Flags Entertainment Corporation has become the world’s first theme park company to create a specialized restraint harness allowing access to all Six Flags Thrill Rides for guests with most physical disabilities. In addition, Six Flags has become the first theme park company to be accredited, at every property, as Certified Autism Centers.
Six Flags has created custom restraint harnesses, in multiple sizes, able to assist guests with physical disabilities, including guests with missing limbs or appendages, starting at 54″ tall. About 98% of all Six Flags rides have this offering and are equipped with individually designed harnesses depending on the ride’s and guest’s needs.
In addition, an accreditation with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) allows for park guests visiting with an autistic family member or friend to have a stress-free day. Park leadership is now specially trained and specialty guides have been developed and designed to highlight the various sensory impacts for each ride and attraction. IBCCES held onsite reviews of Six Flags parks, providing supplemental recommendations for best strategies and practices for enhancing the guest experience.
“Six Flags is synonymous with thrills, but safety and inclusivity is the cornerstone of everything we do,” said Jason Freeman, Six Flags vice president of Public Safety, Risk Management and ESG. “We are proud to implement these key, new safety programs that bring thrills within reach for all guests,” regardless of disability or limitations he added.
Here’s what guests can expect from Six Flags parks since they became Certified Autism Centers:
- Trained, helpful, front-line team members equipped to better assist autistic guests and those with other sensory sensitivities to help them enjoy their time at each park.
- A sensory guide for each attraction, providing insight into how the attraction or ride may be affected by each of the five senses to make it simpler for individuals and families to plan activities aligning with their needs.
- Low sensory areas allowing guests with sensory sensitivities to take a break and relax in a less stimulating environment.
- An updated Accessibility Guide will be available online on each park’s accessibility page and Guest Services area.
- Park wide implementation of the IBCCES Accessibility Card program, a free online program with mobile app option for guests to use when requesting assistance or accommodations. Learn more about the program at AccessibilityCard.org or by viewing this video:
“Completing the certification process across all of the U.S. parks is a momentous accomplishment for the Six Flags team. We know they are committed to continuous improvement and being a leader in this industry, and we look forward to supporting their teams in the future as they continue improving accessibility for all visitors at their parks,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES board chairman.