February 15, 2018
SAN ANTONIO – The world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment – Morgan’s Wonderland – will launch its ninth season at 10 a.m. Friday, March 2.
Opening-weekend hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4.
Throughout opening day, the Senior Expo sponsored by First Friday Network will be held throughout the park and will showcase approximately 60 vendors that offer products and services primarily for senior citizens.
Following closely on the heels of opening weekend, Morgan’s Wonderland will be open the weekend of March 9 and 10 as well as spring break, offering special entertainment daily March 12 through 16. For the latest on park days and hours of operation, admission information and special events, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com.
“Back by popular demand, our ‘Music, Mutts, Magic and More!’ entertainment lineup will be presented throughout the week of spring break,” said Nikki Young, Morgan’s Wonderland entertainment director. “Our guests will get to enjoy music by artists from all across San Antonio, plus ‘mutts’ such as therapy dogs and acrobatic dogs from Andrea’s Flying Canines.
“The Astonishing Mr. Pitts will perform magic along with everyone’s favorite Morgan’s Wonderland puppet with a big heart and an even bigger imagination, Hartman. In addition, there’ll be chances for young park guests to take part in Inclusion Idol, kid-friendly karaoke sessions, and our guests can interact with Morgan’s Wonderland characters such as butterfly mascot Joy and our super-hero team – the Wonder Squad – that doesn’t let physical or cognitive challenges slow them down a bit.”
The park’s 2018 opening will serve as a prelude to a busy slate of spring activities including the opening Saturday, May 5, of colorful, new Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park that earned the Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association.
“So much has happened since April 10, 2010, when Morgan’s Wonderland celebrated its grand opening,” said Ron Morander, Morgan’s Wonderland general manager. “Since then, we’ve welcomed approximately 1.3 million guests from all 50 states and 69 other countries. And we’ve continued to admit anyone and everyone with a special need free of charge.”
Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland offers more than 25 attractions including wheelchair-accessible rides, playgrounds and gardens for the enjoyment of guests young and older. This past year, it was proclaimed “Park of the Year” during the Golden Ticket Awards presented by Amusement Today, a publication covering the international theme parks and amusements industry.
Situated in the former Longhorn Quarry, Morgan’s Wonderland is the center of a family fun destination now known as Wonderland, Texas that includes The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, a school for students with special needs next door to the theme park; the Children’s Rehabilitation Institute of Teleton USA (CRIT USA); and Morgan’s Inspiration Island.
The inspiration for Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island came from philanthropists Gordon and Maggie Hartman’s 24-year-old daughter Morgan. Her soaring spirit despite personal challenges sparked within them a deep desire to create fun places not only for those with special needs but also for their families, caregivers, invited friends and the general public.
“Inclusion is the overarching objective for Morgan’s Wonderland,” Gordon Hartman explained. “The same is true for Morgan’s Inspiration Island. Our vision is to play an instrumental role in helping establish more ultra-accessible family fun parks throughout the nation and the world.”
Morgan’s Wonderland is located in Northeast San Antonio a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive. In addition to visiting the park’s website, interested individuals can call (210) 495-5888 for more information.