Six Flags Expanding Disability Offerings
After enhancing services for visitors with autism, Six Flags is now taking steps to ensure its parks are more welcoming for people with other types of disabilities too.
The theme park company said that it has designed a special restraint harness that allows guests with physical disabilities to access nearly all of its thrill rides.
The harness, which is available in multiple sizes, can accommodate riders with missing limbs and appendages who are at least 54″ tall, Six Flags said. About 98% of the theme park’s rides have an individually designed harness.
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“Six Flags is synonymous with thrills, but safety and inclusivity is the cornerstone of everything we do,” said Jason Freeman, vice president of public safety and risk management for Six Flags. “We are proud to implement these key, new safety programs that bring thrills within reach for all guests.”
The move to make rides more accessible follows Six Flags’ work to be more inclusive of people with autism. In 2020, the company said that all of its North American properties — which now number 27 — were accredited as Certified Autism Centers.
With the designation from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, the parks offer front-line team members trained to help those with autism and other sensory sensitivities as well as sensory guides for every attraction, low-sensory areas to take breaks, an updated accessibility guide for each park and a program for guests to request assistance or accommodations.
“Six Flags is proud to be the industry leader on these innovative programs that allows our guests to enjoy the more thrilling rides that our parks have to offer,” said Selim Bassoul, president and chief executive officer for Six Flags, who said the new offerings show “our unwavering commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”
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