Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Special Accommodations for Your Favorite Destinations!

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Special Accommodations for Your Favorite Destinations!


Going on a family vacation with a child with special needs can sometimes be a very daunting task. Don’t worry though, we are here to help! Krista’s blog this week has some great tips for sensory ideas when traveling with kids with special needs. Here's the link to her blog: . This blog is going to highlight some specific vacation destinations and the special accommodations that they off for children with special needs.


  1. Carowinds in Charlotte, NC
  • Boarding Pass Program = Guests with mobility impairments or with autism spectrum disorder are able to receive a ride boarding pass with wait times. This allows guests to access the rides at specific times via the exit ramp in order to avoid crowds and waiting in the regular lines.
  • Guests with disabilities need to stop at guest services at the front gate upon arrival for details on special accommodations.
  • Here is the link to Carowinds for more information  

     2. Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA

  • They offer wheelchairs free of charge to guests and have a transportation system from the parking lot to the entrance.
  • The touch pool (where you can touch animals) has a special wheelchair access entry.
  • For children with visual and hearing impairments tactile elements have been added to each exhibit. They also have cell phone and Ipad tours available.
  • They have handicapped trained divers for anyone who wants to purchase the SCUBA or snorkeling package.
  • More information can be found at  

     3. Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld in Orlando, FL

  • All 3 parks provide assistance passes for individuals with disabilities.
  • Passes can be obtained at guest relations when you enter the park.
  • The passes are different at each park, and this website helps to explain how each pass works and different tips and tricks to navigating the parks  



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Pediatric Physical Therapist

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