Thanks to the introduction of this new sensory room, these autistic children now have someone to go when they are experiencing a sensory overload. Toth believes many children on the spectrum would never get the opportunity to experience an amusement park such as Dollywood if it were not for this new room.
According to Huffington Post, Toth reached out to Autism Speaks to get help with designing the calming room. The room is filled with low-sensory toys such as a cozy teepee tent and gentle glowing lights.
"A big thank you to Dollywood from our family and the autism community," one parent wrote on Dollywood's Facebook page. "On my son's first trip to Dollywood he became overstimulated and had a terrible meltdown... If we had a room like that to escape to, things may have been different."
"The children as soon as they come in will just go into the teepee and be by themselves," Judy Toth said.
"Or we have the fiber optic lighting, and they will either sit or lay down and just look at the lights. It means to me that Dollywood is doing what we're supposed to be doing."
Legoland Florida announced that they would be making changes to their theme park to add a much needed sensory space for children with autism and/or sensory disorders back in March. Those with children who have autism or sensory disorders can only hope more amusement parks will start to do what Dollywood has done as it would open up more options on where to take the family for vacation.