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Autism Awareness Week

Sierra Burrell

Digital and PR Coordinator

The week of July 8 – July 14 is Autism Awareness Week at Carowinds. We are proud to partner with the Autism Society of America to make sure we serve our guests with autism and their families. Carowinds provides special accommodations so that every member of your family can have an enjoyable experience during your visit to the park.

First Aid and Quiet/Sensory Spaces

Quiet spaces serve as a location for families to take a break and cool off. These spaces can be found at:

  • Guest Services (near the Front Gate Entrance)
  • First Aid (Carolina Boardwalk near Carolina Goldrusher)
  • Family Care Center (Camp Snoopy near Woodstock Express)
  • Carolina Harbor First Aid (Carolina Harbor near Harbor House)

Family Care Center at Carowinds during Autism Awareness Week

Food

We recognize that many people on the autism spectrum avoid eating foods that contain gluten. Here’s a list of places you can find gluten-friendly foods in the park. You can find more information about gluten-friendly food here.  

  • Beach Bites
    • Gluten-free individual pizza
  • Blue Ridge Country Kitchen:
    • Rotisserie chicken
    • Rotisserie beef
    • Salad
    • Smoked sausages
    • Fries
  • Camp Cookout:
    • Hot dog (without the bun)
    • Fries
  • Carowinds Café:
    • Build your own baked potato
  • Chickies and Petes'
    • Nachos (chips and cheese)
  • Fair Fries:
    • Hot dog (without the bun)
    • Fries
    • Mexican street corn
  • Fry Shack:
    • Loaded fries
    • Potato tornado
  • Harbor House:
    • Pulled pork BBQ
    • Salad
    • Sidewinder fries
  • Harmony Hall:
    • Pulled pork BBQ
    • Beef brisket
    • Grilled turkey leg
    • Salad
    • Sidewinder fries
  • Jukebox Diner:
    • Salad
    • Fries
  • Starbucks:
    • Protein packs

*For more information, visit our Special Dietary Needs page.

Food available during Carowinds' Autism Awareness Week

Live Entertainment

Carowinds is happy to offer sensory-friendly family shows, which are available daily at:

  • Happy Campers at Camp Snoopy Theater: 11:30 am | 12:30 pm | 1:30 pm
  • Lunch with the PEANUTS™️ Gang at Harmony Hall Marketplace: 12:00 pm | 1:00 pm
  • Franklin’s Dance Party at Camp Snoopy Theater: 3:00 pm | 4:00 pm | 5:00pm
  • Camptivities at Camp Snoopy Fountain: 3:30 pm | 4:30 pm | 5:30 pm

Charlie Brown performances during Autism Awareness Week

Lighting

The following rides use strobing or quickly-moving lights and lighting effects:

  • Afterburn
  • Boo Blasters on Boo Hill
  • Copperhead Strike
  • Dodg’ems
  • Electro Spin
  • Fury 325
  • Intimidator
  • Nighthawk
  • Ricochet
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare: 3Z Arena
  • Rock ‘N’ Roller
  • Wilderness Run
  • Windseeker
  • Woodstock Express

Children enjoying Carowinds during Autism Awareness Week

We hope this information helps make your family’s visit to Carowinds an enjoyable experience for everyone! Be sure to stop by Guest Services and pick up a copy of Carowinds’ Autism Awareness Week flyer to keep handy while you’re walking around the park.

For more information, visit Carowinds' accessibility page and our downloadable Guest Assistance Guide.

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