Expands access for physically disabled and autistic guests
Six Flags Entertainment Company(NYSE: SIX), the world’s largest regional theme park company and North America’s largest water park operator, is now the first theme park company in the world to revolutionize and design a restraint harness specialist who provides access to ALL Six Flags Thrill Rides for people with reduced mobility*.
Additionally, as the first theme park company in the world to be accredited, at all properties, as Certified Centers for Autism™, guests with autism and their families can now explore more inclusive options when visit to the parks. This accreditation is in partnership with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), the only accrediting organization providing this form of certification. As part of the program, park management is trained and additional support elements are identified for visitors. The development of specialist guides has also been designed to highlight the different sensory impacts of each ride or attraction to help plan a day at a Six Flags park.
“Six Flags is proud to lead the industry on these innovative programs that allow our customers to enjoy the most thrilling rides our parks have to offer,” said Selim Bassoul, President and CEO. of Six Flags. “This offering, coupled with IBCCES certification at our parks, shows our unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Our company is truly dedicated to this initiative and ensuring that it embraces our handicapped and disabled customers. We all benefit from a more diverse and inclusive society that understands, accommodates and respects each other’s differences while coming together for the common good.”
Six Flags leads the industry as the first theme park company to manufacture and offer a custom restraint harness, with multiple sizes able to accommodate riders with physical disabilities such as a missing limb or appendages from 54” high. Approximately 98% of all rides at Six Flags Theme Park are equipped with an individually designed harness. Certain passenger restrictions and qualifications will apply.
“Six Flags is all about thrills, but safety and inclusivity are the cornerstone of everything we do,” said Jason Freeman, vice president, Public Safety and Risk Management. implement these key new safety programs that bring thrills within reach of all customers,” regardless of disability or limitations, he added.
This revolutionary restraint harness system, along with Certified Autism Center™ accreditation, are just two examples of Six Flags’ dedication to diversity and inclusion for all guests. IBCCES conducted on-site reviews of Six Flags parks across the country, as well as in Mexico, to provide additional recommendations from industry experts and people with autism’ perspectives on understanding what the autism, communication strategies and best practices to improve the on-site experience.
As Certified Autism Centers™, US-based Six Flags Parks will provide:
- Trained, helpful and equipped front-line team members to best assist autistic guests and people with other sensory sensitivities to help them enjoy their time at each park;
- A sensory guide for each attraction that provides insight into how the attraction or ride can be affected by each of the five senses to make it easier for individuals and families to plan activities that match their needs;
- Low sensory zones to allow customers with sensory sensitivities to pause and relax in a less stimulating environment;
- An updated accessibility guide will be available online on each park accessibility page and guest services area; and
- Park-wide implementation of the IBCCES accessibility map program. This is a free online program with a mobile app option that customers can use when requesting assistance or lodging at any of the Six Flags parks. To learn more about the program, visit accessibilitecard.org.
“Completing the certification process at all U.S. parks is a momentous achievement for the Six Flags team. We know they are committed to continuous improvement and to being a leader in this industry, and we are looking forward to supporting their teams in the future as they continue to improve accessibility for all visitors to their parks,” said Myron Pincomb, Chairman of the IBCCES Board of Trustees.
To learn more about Six Flags Entertainment Corporation’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, visit sixflags.com/diversity.
*some restrictions apply
About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the largest regional theme park company in the world and the largest operator of water parks in North America, with 27 parks in the United States, Mexico and Canada. For 60 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class roller coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions. Six Flags is committed to creating an inclusive environment that fully embraces the diversity of our team members and our guests. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com.