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Ultra-Accessible Water Park to Open in Texas

Morgan's Wonderland
A young girl plays at the WaterWorks tabletop attraction located at Morgan’s Wonderland. Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible water park, will be completed in the coming months.

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.

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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:

 

Tips for the Busy Travel Season

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With Memorial Day weekend and the July 4th Holiday coming soon, we are getting close to the busy travel season. Over the years, MobilityWorks has published several blogs that address some of the concerns many of our clients have regarding accessible travel. Below is a short recap and links to some of the best articles we felt were beneficial to today’s travelers.

In addition to the links below, please see our “Categories” selection to the left, where you can select blogs that relate to various topics, including Adaptive Sports, Caregivers, Travel, Veterans, and much more.


14 Ways to Make Flying More Worry-Free

Traveling by air can be challenging for anyone. Thanks to the Air Carrier Access Act and stricter rules to remove obstacles, flying has become easier for people with disabilities. If you prepare in advance with these 14 tips, you’re more likely to have an easier, less stressful flight. Continue reading…

Martyn Sibley Shares his Top 10 Travel Tips

Guest Blogger Martyn Sibley, founder of Disability Horizons, joins MobilityWorks to share his top 10 tips for traveling. Continue reading…

MobilityWorks Rentals: Keeping you Connected

With summer quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to rent an accessible vehicle from MobilityWorks. We are excited to announce our summer savings program, where you can save 10%* during July, August and September. Continue reading…

Experience Accessibility in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the second-largest city in the United States and a very popular tourist destination. You can spend days discovering all sites the City of Angels has to offer. When you or a loved one is traveling with a wheelchair or scooter, it’s important to plan ahead so that your travels are smooth and stress-free. Continue reading…

Planning for Future Travels When Driving Across the Border

Now that you’ve purchased a wheelchair van and plan on visiting destinations in Canada or Mexico, you need to prepare ahead of time for obtaining a passport. You can no longer drive across the border with just a state issued license and birth certificate. If you’re thinking about taking a trip, here are a few things to be aware of.  Continue reading…

I’m Getting a Mobility Scooter… Now How Do I Transport It?

Compatibility with your Vehicle and travel plans are key issues when purchasing a mobility scooter. There are many options from which to choose when deciding how to best transport them, especially when traveling long distances or on vacations. The best option is usually determined by having a professional Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) perform a needs analysis with you. Continue reading…

MobilityWorks Rentals: Keeping you Connected

Man in a power wheelchair in a coastal park overlooking a city harbor during sunsetWith summer quickly approaching, it is the perfect time to rent an accessible vehicle from MobilityWorks. We are excited to announce our summer savings program, where you can save 10%* during July, August and September. MobilityWorks now has over 65 rental locations stretching from Maine to California. All of our rental vans come equipped with easy-to-use retractable tie-downs, and we offer both side and rear entry ramps. You also have peace of mind with our 24 hour emergency hotline in case of emergency.

We offer service to and from 13 of the 20 busiest airports in the United States, and many of our locations can come directly to you. Booking a rental is now even easier with our online rental reservation form. If you have any questions about our rental program, please call 877-275-4915.

Check out our video below to learn more

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I’m Getting a Mobility Scooter… Now How Do I Transport It?

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Compatibility With Your Vehicle and Travel Lifestyle are Key Issues

There are many options from which to choose when deciding how to best transport mobility scooters. The best option is usually determined by having a professional Certified Mobility Consultant (CMC) perform a needs analysis with you. He/she will ask questions about your physical abilities and limitations, anticipated type and frequency of use, the scooter itself and the type of vehicle being used to transport it. Once the CMC knows that information, they can recommend adaptive equipment that is compatible with your vehicle, your scooter and your lifestyle.

Sometimes a client will simply use a scooter lift that is concealed in the trunk of a car or cargo area of an SUV. Other times an external lift mounted to a tow hitch may be indicated. And there is always the option of getting a lowered floor minivan with an automatic ramp. The door and ramp can be operated remotely from a key fob, so the scooter operator can simply drive right inside to transfer.

Scooter Transportation Safety

A scooter should never be occupied during transport. Four-point tie downs or scooter docking stations should always be used to secure a scooter to assure that it never becomes a projectile in the event of an accident.

When selecting any adaptive driving equipment for your scooter, always make sure that it is FMVSS and NHTSA compliant. For further safety assurance, make sure that the equipment is supplied by a NMEDA member in good standing. This will make certain that the equipment meets all federal safety standards, and is installed by an accredited Quality Assurance Program distributor.

For additional information, contact our Client Care Center.

Photo courtesy of Bruno Independent Living Aids.

Catching up with “Curb Free Cory Lee”

Cory-Lee-HelsinkiIn the spring of 2015, Cory Lee was featured on the front of MobilityWork’s annual InMotion newsletter. Cory is a travel enthusiast, a dedicated blogger, and a wonderful advocate for improving accessibility worldwide. He was featured after renting an accessible van from MobilityWorks and winning our Instagram contest. Since then, Cory has been a busy man travelling all over the globe!

His 2016 started with a snowy trip to Helsinki, Finland. Upon his arrival, Cory knew that he had to check out the top rated TripAdvisor destination of Suomenlinna. This small island and former military fort is just a 15 minute accessible ferry ride away from Helsinki.  While on the island, Cory enjoyed breathtaking views of historic churches, monuments and was able to warm up in the island’s museum and coffee shops.

Cory’s next adventure in 2016 had been on his bucket list for a long time! While in Las Vegas, he was able to ride in an accessible hot air balloon. (Watch the video of his ride here) Cory was surprised with how smooth the entire process was, even the landing in a rocky field next to a shopping plaza. The crew from “Love is in the Air Ballooning” met them at the land site where they all enjoyed breakfast and a traditional champagne toast. A few months later Cory was back in a hot air balloon, this time over the Negev Desert while visiting Israel.

One of Cory’s most inspiring trips last year was to Kruger National Park in South Africa. Going on a Safari was another life long dream that Cory was able to cross off his bucket list in 2016. He was one of 3 wheelchair users in the group that was offered by the travel company Epic Enabled. While on the safari, Cory spotted tigers, elephants, giraffes and rhinos to name a few of the exotic wildlife they encountered.

In 2017 Cory Lee plans to visit Scandinavia, Russia and return to the Mall of America in Minneapolis. To keep up with his incredible accessible adventures visit www.curbfreewithcorylee.com  or visit his Facebook Page.

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