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Morgan’s Wonderland Opens in Texas as Theme Park for Individuals with Special Needs

Morgan’s Wonderland, a new 25-acre theme park for children and adults with special needs in San Antonio, Texas, grew out of an incident Gordon Hartman witnessed.

His 16-year-old daughter Morgan – for whom the park is named – has a severe cognitive delay. One day some years ago, he observed her watching other children who were playing in a pool. He knew she wanted to join them, but because of the girl’s inability to communicate properly, she couldn’t.

For the former real estate developer, it was a defining moment, inspiring him to create a place where the words ‘couldn’t’, ‘shouldn’t’ and ‘can’t’ weren’t part of the vocabulary.

Morgan’s Wonderland features 25 attractions all tailored to suit a wide range of cognitive and physical needs. Admission is free for individuals with special needs and $5 for family members and caregivers. The attractions include: the Sensory Village with its abundance of light, touch and sound. The carousel can lift wheelchairs up and down, and off-road vehicles are fully accessible to wheelchair-users. There’s a music garden, water play area, pirate’s island, an amphitheater and the Wonderland Express.

The park also offers guests special bracelets with microchips so they can keep track of children who may wander off. The radio frequency technology enables users to check on children from screens located all across the park.

For the full article and more on Morgan’s Wonderland, see: Texas Theme Park Opens for People with Special Needs

 

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