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September 20, 2017


10 Special-Needs Children from Sweden To Visit Morgan’s Wonderland, Morgan’s Inspiration Island

WHO:    Five girls and five boys with special needs from communities around the country of Sweden.

WHAT:  Special 5,300-mile trip to San Antonio and Morgan’s Wonderland made possible by Min Stora Dag (My Special Day), a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with severe illnesses, medical conditions and cognitive challenges.  Seven of the 10 children ages 8 to 11 rely on their wheelchairs for mobility.   Each will be accompanied by a parent as well as Min Stora Dag representative Maggie Nilsson, volunteer pediatrician Dr. Dan Jacobson and Helene Benno, executive director of Min Stora Dag.    

WHEN:  Scheduled to arrive at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 at Morgan’s Wonderland theme park.

Scheduled to arrive at noon Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park.

WHERE:                5223 David Edwards Drive (at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive a half-mile west of IH 35 in Northeast San Antonio).

WHY:     To provide a truly memorable experience at the world’s first theme park and splash park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.

ETC.:      Last year, 3,570 children with special needs took part in activities arranged by Min Stora Dag.  The organization’s patron is Her Royal Highness Princess Madeleine of Sweden.

Project Angel Fares, created by Johnson Bros. Bakery Supply of San Antonio to help deserving special-needs children living outside San Antonio visit Morgan’s Wonderland, is participating in this venture.

                Comments from Helene Benno of Min Stora Dag:

                “This is the third year that we are visiting Morgan’s Wonderland and San Antonio.  The children always feel included and welcomed by everyone at Morgan’s Wonderland and by Project Angel Fares.

                “Normally we only arrange trips within Europe.   This is the biggest activity our organization is doing so far away from Sweden.  Everyone who has been on the trip in previous years wants to go back.  And now, with Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the expectations are high.  This is truly a unique place with unique people.”  

Morgan’s Wonderland, which is completely wheelchair-accessible, was proclaimed 2017 “Park of the Year” in the Golden Ticket Awards sponsored by Amusement Today, an international publication focusing on the amusement industry.  Morgan’s Wonderland offers more than 25 elements and attractions including rides, playgrounds, gardens, an 8-acre catch-and-release fishing lake, 575-seat amphitheater, picnic area and rest areas.  For more information, visit

Morgan’s Inspiration Island features five major tropically-themed splash pads, the River Boat Adventure ride and support facilities such as the Wheelchair Valet, where guests can transfer out of their battery-powered wheelchairs into waterproof wheelchairs for maximum aquatic fun. 

The non-profit theme park and splash park as well as other endeavors to help those with special needs such as The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland school for students with learning challenges were created through the vision and leadership of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation. 

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