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We just love visiting Texas! The state is so large and grand that every time we make a trip, it’s always a totally different experience since it’s literally IMPOSSIBLE to see everything. So much to do & as always on any trip, so little time!!!!
While we were on our San Antonio trip, we had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at one of the most unique amusement parks we had ever been to!
What Is Morgan’s Wonderland?
Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland is the first theme park of its kind in the world. Morgan’s Wonderland is a purpose-
built 25-acre theme park for guests of all ages and abilities. That’s right, kids with disabilities of all kinds can have the same fun as everyone else!!!
The park, which opened in spring 2010 on the site of the former Longhorn Quarry, was developed by Gordon Hartman, a former homebuilder from San Antonio. He said his daughter, Morgan, who deals with cognitive and physical challenges, inspired creation of the park. He wanted a place she could enjoy!
Rides custom-designed to accommodate wheelchair riders means that every family member can enjoy the fun. WooHoo!!! Adapted rides include the Wonderland Express train, with a half-mile of track that wraps around the park’s scenic lake. The Off-Road Adventure, where guests can test their driving skills in sporty vehicles. The Whirling Wonder Ferris wheel, with a dozen brightly colored gondolas that rise up to 5 ½ stories high for panoramic views of the park and a carousel, offering all kinds of horses and other animals ready to be ridden. The latter sits flush with the ground and has “chariots” that move up and down as the carousel turns, giving those in wheelchairs the same sensation as guests riding horses.
At The Wharf that juts out into the lake, guests can captain their own remote-controlled pirate ships or enjoy catch-and-release fishing for catfish or bass. There’s also the Sensory Village™, a cluster of storefronts with activities to encourage imaginative play and stimulate all the senses.
After playing in either of two expansive, shaded playgrounds or on a large variety of swings (including wheelchair swings), guests can enjoy a family picnic at the covered Picnic Place. Families have the option of purchasing snacks and drinks at Morgan’s Wonderland or bringing food with them to the park.
Morgan’s Wonderland has welcomed approximately a million guests from all 50 states and 67 other countries! Admission for those with special needs is free! Admission fees for accompanying family members, friends, caregivers and the general public are nominal.
PricingSpecial Needs - Free
Children 2 and under - Free
Children ages 3-17 - $ 11.00
Adult ages 18-61 - $ 17.00
Military with valid ID - $ 11.00
Seniors 62+ $ 11.00
Morgan's Wonderland Admission Includes: • Full access to Morgan's Wonderland park only.
• GPS Adventure Band (Optional) - Group ID and code embedded band to auto-track and locate all group/family members plus Instant free photo-captures at several park features, sent instantly to you through e-mail.
• FREE Parking
• Picnics welcome (No glass containers.)
*Prices as of May 12th, 2018*
I think it’s safe to say that this place is incredible for ALL children. Non-judgment and my child could just be free. Being a mama of a non-verbal child, I’m used to going places and all eyes are on me and my child since we communicate differently. The term “non-verbal” just means your child doesn’t speak like you and I. So when my daughter does talk, questions galore on why a 6 year old speaks babytalk. Me being an introvert that hates small talk, those situations are always tough regardless on how many times they happen a day. At Morgan’s Wonderland, people would talk to my daughter & zero questions about her speech. She was accepted just the way she is and I didn’t have to have small talk with anyone lol....It was such a stress-free environment. I wish we had a Morgan’s Wonderland in NY we could get seasons passes too. We would go all the time for the environment alone!
As for the rides, we all had a blast!!!! I just love that all the rides were inclusive. I can only imagine how tough it must be being a wheelchair bound kiddo not being able to ride the same rides as your friends. Morgan’s Wonderland does a fantastic job of including everyone.
If you couldn’t tell, we are Morgan’s Wonderland’s biggest fans!!! I recommend this park to everyone!!!! Not just special needs. It’s the perfect place for toddlers. Would also make an awesome place for play dates since the environmental is so non-judgmental. Your kids can just play freely and no one will bat an eye! I wish the whole world could be that way.
Long story short, if you find yourself in San Antonio and have a free afternoon, I highly recommend Morgan’s Wonderland. Your kids will have a blast!
Have you ever been to Morgan’s Wonderland?
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