Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park,is coming to San Antonio! The splash park is the most recent expansion of Morgan’s Wonderland, the first theme park designed with individuals with special needs in mind. The new area provides a place for guests of all ages and abilities to stay cool, get wet and have fun together.
The vision for Morgan’s Wonderland came to Gordon Hartman and his wife Maggie after watching children at a hotel pool hesitant to play with his special-needs daughter, Morgan. Open since 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland boasts participation from more than a million visitors from all 50 states and 66 other countries. The accessible theme park brings together those with and without disabilities for fun and a better understanding of one another. The park will make an even bigger splash to benefit the special needs community once the new splash park opens.
The new area will overlook an 8-acre lake and feature six major tropically themed elements. The River Boat Adventure ride 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.Every element will be wheelchair-accessible like the rest of Morgan’s Wonderland.
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. Each chair weighs approximately 80 pounds only and can be fully charged in just 10 minutes
An admission fee is of course required for entrance to the park, but we love that those with special needs are always FREE. How great is that? Life is hard enough for those with a disability; we all need to do what we can to make it a bit more fun. The park provides a wonderful opportunity for those with and those without special needs to spend time together and learn about each other.
A road trip to Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio is well worth the effort for your entire family. An official opening date for Morgan’s Inspiration Island presented by Toyota will be announced shortly. Check out their website for up to date news.
photo source: MorgansWonderland.com