Aug. 29, 2016
SAN ANTONIO – Morgan’s Wonderland will celebrate Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 5 – with the return of its refurbished and expanded WaterWorks water table attraction and special entertainment including acrobatic dogs, puppets and super heroes, to name a few.
Gates at the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Opening ceremonies at 10 o’clock – featuring “The Star-Spangled Banner” sung by Sierra Belmares and Gabriel Hey and signed by Elisabeth Raine – will be closely followed by the Andrea’s Flying Canines acrobatic dog show at 10:30 a.m. in the Starlight Amphitheater.
“Hartman’s House,” an interactive puppet show, is set for 11:30 a.m., and butterfly mascot Joy’s Dance Party, with super-hero costumed characters The Wonder Squad, will get park guests moving to the music at 12:30 p.m. Meet-and-greets with The Wonder Squad, Joy and her good friend and butterfly expert Professor Von Flutterwing will take place from 10 a.m. to noon; from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Morgan’s Wonderland will host an adaptive Pokémon Go Play Day with Pokéstops scattered throughout the park.
“Our popular WaterWorks is back after a significant upgrade,” said Ron Morander, Morgan’s Wonderland general manager. “It now offers 10 splashy play elements, including four 7-foot-in-diameter play pods at each corner of the attraction. Each pod has a recessed base that allows for wheelchair accessibility.”
Some of WaterWorks’ popular features – walk-under acrylic dome, Plumbing Play, Archimedes Screw, Build-A-Dam, Fog Domes, etc. – return along with new sensory-stimulation features, Morander added. These include bright, sparkling colors, plus textures and interactive water-play elements that use water in ways that look and feel very different to the touch – from solid and smooth to foamy and frothy. New activities also include a laminar jet-ball launch, interactive buttons that control the height of various water fountains and foaming jets of water that levitate a plastic ball on top.
“Even though summer vacation is over and school has resumed, Morgan’s Wonderland will continue to offer family fun on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, October and November,” Morander noted. “Then we’ll close our 2017 season with another colorful and festive ‘A Wonderland Christmas’ celebration on select evenings.”
The latest information on Morgan’s Wonderland admissions, operating days/hours of operation, rides, attractions and special events/celebrations can be found at www.MorgansWonderland.com. New this season is Whirling Wonder, a colorful Ferris wheel that takes riders five and a half stories high and gives them a breathtaking view of construction of Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park scheduled to open in spring 2017.
Morgan’s Wonderland is located at 5223 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.