Discovery Cove Orlando is a Certified Autism Center

Certified Autism Center

Discovery Cove has partnered with The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), a global leader in online training and certification programs, to become designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC). It is our goal to provide every family with an enjoyable and memorable visit to Discovery Cove, and we are proud to offer specialized services to guests with autism and other special needs.

Certified Staff

Discovery Cove Ambassadors receive specialized training to ensure they have the requisite knowledge, skills, temperament, and expertise to cater to all children, including those with special needs.

Training focuses include: sensory awareness, motor skills, autism overview, program development, social skills, communication, environment, and emotional awareness.


The IBCCES Sensory Guide provides insight on how a child with sensory processing issues may be affected by each sense for rides and attractions at Discovery Cove.

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Park Accessibility Program

Discovery Cove's Park Accessibility Program was designed to allow guests to fully participate and enjoy our parks while keeping in mind the safety requirements of our interactive experiences.

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Quiet Space

Guests in need of some quiet time and relief from sensory stimulation can utilize our new Quiet Space located near our First Aid unit. This space is a low traffic and low noise area with seating for guests who need to take a break. Guests who would like to use the Quiet Space may do so on a first come first served basis.

Discovery Cove has lots of open, clear space; this makes attractions and services more accessible and reduces “sensory overload” for guests with cognitive disorders like autism spectrum disorder (ASD). People with autism often experience hypersensitivity to touch, taste, sound, smell and sight. Discovery Cove is quite serene and relaxing, with opportunities for higher stimulus activities such as animal encounters and swimming.

Discovery Cove provides a vast array amenities, attractions and services (including dining options) to assist and engage guests with special/sensory needs.