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U.S. based Legoland Parks to become certified Autism Centers by spring 2023

The entrance to Legoland California theme park next to North America's first ever Legoland Hotel at Legoland on Sept. 17, 2013, in Carlsbad. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Legoland Resorts announced Monday that all of its North American theme parks would become Certified Autism Centers (CAC) by March 31.

Legoland parks in Florida and California received autism certification in 2022. The company’s newest theme park in New York will receive autism certification when it reopens in March, a news release said.

The certification involves specialized training for staff, sensory guides at each ride indicating if are features such as bright lights and loud sounds that might impact visitors who are on the autism spectrum, and also offer low-sensory areas and quiet rooms.

“With 1 in 44 children diagnosed with autism in the U.S., we want to build understanding and empathy while also ensuring our teams have the tools and support strategies when engaging with a neurodiverse population,” Scott O’Neil, the CEO of Merlin Entertainments, said in a statement. “Through this certification, we’re providing our guests with more opportunities to create and play their way while supporting parents through every step of the vacation planning journey.”

Merlin Entertainments is the parent company of Legoland Resorts.

The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) granted these certifications to the various Legoland parks.

LEGOLAND® California Resort Sensory Guide

“IBCCES is honored to work with all Legoland Parks in North America to make sure autistic and sensory-sensitive guests and their families can make treasured memories and enjoy all the amazing experiences Legoland has to offer,” Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman, said in a statement. “Our programs will provide long-term support with ongoing training and other supports to the Resorts in achieving their objective of providing accessible options for all visitors.”