For parents of young children, playgrounds are often among the most welcomed attractions in a crowded theme park. There's nothing better than turning your kids to run free around a playground for a while after they've spent hours waiting in queues for other rides and shows in the park.
But for parents of children with disabilities, theme park playgrounds can be just one more frustration in middle of a challenging day. Fortunately, a major theme park is developing a new playground attraction with inclusiveness in mind.
Next summer, Dutch theme park Efteling will open Nest, an inclusive play area that will be accessible to children with a variety of disabilities.
The new play area will include a wheelchair slide, raised sandboxes, and a "calming area" for kids to find some peace and quiet after playing. The playground will be themed to Efteling's roller coasters, so younger children can feel included in the experiences that their older siblings might be enjoying. Nest will be located near Python and the De Vliegende Hollander and will replace the Polka Marina spinner ride.
Here is a preview from the park:
Polka Marina will close on November 30, with construction for Nest beginning in January. The new play area will open next summer.
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