After watching children at a hotel pool hesitant to play with his special-needs daughter, Morgan, Gordon Hartman had a vision of turning an abandoned quarry in Northeast San Antonio, TX into an accessible theme park. Gordon and his wife Maggie started working on plans for Morgan’s Wonderland, the first theme park designed with special needs individuals in mind. Open since 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland has now had more than a million visitors from all 50 states and 66 other countries. The park brings together those with and without disabilities for fun and a better understanding of one another. Now in 2017, the Hartmans are excited to be finishing construction on their latest expansion, Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park for guests of all ages to get wet and have fun together.
The splash park will overlook an 8-acre lake and feature six major tropically themed elements. The River Boat Adventure ride at Morgan’s Inspiration Island will twist and turn more than an eighth of a mile through a jungle setting with bird and animal sounds in the background. Five water play areas will offer a variety of splashy elements such as raintrees, falls, geysers, jets, water cannons and tipping buckets.
Guests of the park will have access to new wheelchairs that are completely waterproof and compressed-air powered. The PneuChair was designed by the University of Pittsburgh’s Human Engineering Research Laboratories. It only weighs about 80 pounds and can be fully charged in just 10 minutes.
Just like Morgan’s Wonderland, every element will be wheelchair-accessible, and waterproof wristbands with RFID technology will be available. Another wonderful aspect of Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island is that admission for anyone with special needs is always free. Throughout the summer the parks will have several special events including a giant 4th of July celebration.
An official opening date for Morgan’s Inspiration Island presented by Toyota will be coming soon. Check out their website www.MorgansWonderland.com for up to date news.
Check out the video below to learn more about Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island: