LEGOLAND Resorts ramp up accessibility efforts for autistic


LEGOLAND New York reopens for the 2023 season on March 31.

“The LEGO Movie” anthem “Everything Is AWESOME!!!” hasn’t always rung true for everyone, but LEGOLAND Resorts revealed new efforts Thursday to help ensure “awesome is for everyone,” including autistic guests.

By the end of next month, all three U.S. LEGOLAND Resorts will officially be Certified Autism Centers, joining a growing number of theme parks working to improve accessibility for guests who are neurodiverse or have sensory issues. 

At least one in 44 children is autistic according to the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network.

“One of our core values is around belonging,” Scott M. O’Neil, CEO of LEGOLAND’s parent company Merlin Entertainments, told USA TODAY. “What, to me, is most exciting is creating a space for children on the spectrum to know that they can come with their families and friends and have a fun and safe and enriching experience and hopefully create memories that last a lifetime.” 


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