But all that excitement comes at a cost when you’ve got kids with sensory issues, so before you take your autistic kids on that roller coaster let's weigh up the pros and cons.
They’re overwhelming for sensory-avoiding kids
There’s little respite from the sensory onslaught
There’s a lot of lining up
You need stamina
They’re awesome for sensory-seeking kids
They have maps and schedules
You can make the day as repetitive as they want
The food is common and predictable
THE BOTTOM LINE
If you’ve never taken your autistic kids to a theme park before and you’re not sure how they’ll react, take it slowly.
Aim for just a taste on their first visit - stay for an hour or two so you can gauge their reaction. If it turns out to be too much for them then you won’t ruin your entire trip, but if they love it then you’ll still have a great memory and something to plan future holidays around.
Even if they've been so many times that they can draw the roller coaster tracks in their sleep, be sensible and don’t overdo it. Spread out your visit, spending just a few hours there each day so you can bail before it gets to be too much.
And remember to balance all that stimulation with low-key rest activities like swimming in the hotel pool or taking an afternoon nap.