Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Autism Goes to Kings Dominion

Last week we took the kids to Kings Dominion.  At first we didn't tell them where we were going just said get dressed with tennis shoes on and get in the truck.  We told them we didn't know where we were going.  My children have no sense of direction they didn't notice we were going the wrong way, missed about three signs, they finally figured it out when we pulled into the parking lot.

We had bought our season passes before the season started yet only went once, you have to go at least twice to make the passes worth it.  We still had not gotten Johns pass so while husband took him over to get his I took the others to guest services to get what my kids call the power.  Yes Kings Dominion has the skip the line pass and accepts autism as a reason.  Really I swear they get it, technically I believe the pass is only supposed to be for 4 people. Both times we have gone they gave it to us for our whole party all six of us.  We are the same family and the girl this time said don't want him to have to wait for you after the ride so how many are with you.  I said six and with that she wrote six on the form.  She got it without me saying anything that if you only let part of the party skip the line guess what your still waiting for the other part to get on and off the ride, it just doesn't work well like that.  Now that everyone can skip the line it makes the trip run very smoothly.  Just so happens the day we went there were no lines.  Seriously Husband and John rode The Intimidator twice in a row no lines. Watch youtube video I found to see what it is.

As we went through the front gates Roger had the backpack, security asked to see it and he just handed the whole bag over.  She had meant for him to open it so she could take a quick look.  I of course had the green paper in hand, she saw it and her approach changed.  She told him step by step what she needed done and what she was doing. Seriously are you kidding me? Am I in some weird autism land that everyone gets it.

Front of The Crypt Ride
It was like that all day long, all the ride operators were awesome.  When the kids couldn't quite figure out a seat belt they helped them.  When Porkchop wasn't tall enough to ride a ride they were not rude just very nicely told him sorry bud your not big enough yet maybe next year.
Porkchop in the sample seat for the crypt I think he might fall out.

John rode this ride 6 times.

The kids got to ride everything they wanted to, everyone was nice, and they even did the little extras like letting Roger stay on the scrambler for a few rides. He was liking the movement I guess. We will defiantly be buying season passes for next year and be returning again this year for Halloween Haunt. I'm telling you everyone there just gets it. Not once was a rude comment made by any staff member, they were all very accommodating and it made for a great day.


  1. This is great stuff...nice to hear a positive experience from a SN parent at an amusement park! I give kudos to you and the park staff.

  2. I'm glad that you and your family had a great time! As someone that has worked in Guest Services in the past, it's nice to read about a pleasant experience since we are usually the ones taking the complaints and never anything nice like this. Thank you, you have made my day, seriously.