Tips for Guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Guests with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

You may be asking yourself whether Dorney Park is appropriate for guests with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or whether your loved one on the spectrum will be able to handle the theme park experience. Dorney Park has taken steps to be well-prepared to welcome and provide accommodations for all types of disabilities, including autism and related disorders. To continue to provide equal access for all guests, be aware that all guests with mobility impairments or ASD will now receive a Ride Boarding Pass with wait times. Please review the Boarding Pass Program for more details.

As you know, advance planning is a requirement for any successful theme park visit with a person with ASD. Your visit to Dorney Park will include a plethora of sensory stimulation including crowds, dark and loud theatres, coasters traveling overhead, lights and noises, waiting in line, to mention a few. At Dorney Park, we strive to provide equal opportunity to all of our guests while providing a variety of options tailored to specific needs. Our highly trained staff is knowledgeable and eager to assist.

Dorney Park offers a Multi-Sensory Room for you to use during your visit.  This room is designed for guests with sensory processing concerns.  In this area, we provide space and tools for family members and care-givers to  intensify or reduce sensory stimulation in a controlled environment.  For more information regarding the Multi-Sensory Room, please call 610-395-3724 prior to your visit.  When at the park, please stop by Guest Services or the Family Care Center for more information.

You can find information on our rides, shows and attractions in advance in the
Things To Do section of this website. The park’s Guest Assistance Guide is also available for download. The Guide outlines the specifics about each attraction, including height requirements and health restrictions. Feel free to contact Ride Services in advance at (610)391-7762 with any additional questions.

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When you arrive at the park, please proceed to Ride Services located at the Front Gate.

  • Please have the individual requiring accommodation accompany you to Ride Services.

  • A pass may be issued depending on the needs of your group, including a boarding pass used for scheduling times to ride attractions.

  • At Dorney Park we offer KidTrack, a wrist band program, which will assist you and park personnel in reuniting your group should you become separated. You can get KidTrack at Ride Services or the Family Care Center in Planet Snoopy.

  • We also offer Parent Swap. This allows one parent to ride while another parent waits with the child. When the ride is complete, the parents swap child responsibility at the exit.

  • Additionally, if you need to rent a stroller, wheelchair or locker, proceed to Stroller Rental to the left inside the Main gate by Good Time Gifts.

  • Please re-visit Ride Services if you need any additional help with your day.

We also recommend that as an added safety measure you take a photo of members of your party (especially if you have a child with ASD who tends to dart away or wander off) on your mobile device. This photo can be of great assistance to quickly reunite your party if you are separated.

During your visit:

  • Guests who wear headphones of any type will not be able to wear them while riding our attractions. We have available disposable ear protection for use at Ride Services.

  • If you are separated during your visit, please contact any park employee for assistance.

  • Ride delays may occur while riding and members of your party may be required to sit quietly until the ride is restarted or guests are escorted off the ride.

  • Please be aware, if an evacuation is required, guests may need to maneuver across catwalks from the highest point of the ride and down steeply inclined steps.

  • If you have any doubts whatsoever about an attraction’s appropriateness for the individual with ASD, please have someone in your party ride it first to make an informed determination.

Dorney Park offers our guests several restful attractions and quiet places that your party can enjoy during the day. The park has a First Aid station next to the Good Time Theatre and a Family Care Center in Planet Snoopy. Additionally, air conditioned restaurants provide a nice break from the sensory stimulation.

Dorney Park is a wonderful destination for families and friends to visit. Our goal is to make your experience at the park both smooth and full of family-fun. Please let us know if you have any further questions by contacting (610)391-7762 or by talking to a Ride Services representative at the park.