SAN ANTONIO – Ultra-accessible™ Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first theme park designed with individuals with special needs in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, will kick off its 11th season at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28.
Opening-weekend hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 1.
“A series of major special events will be among the highlights of our 2020 season,” said Chief Operating Officer Ron Morander. “The second week of March, we’ll be open daily for spring break and offer an array of special entertainment in addition to our regular attractions. That will be a prelude to the Morgan’s Wonderland 10th birthday celebration the first 10 days of April.
“Then May 1st through 3rd, we’ll host up to 4,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from across the state for Texas Special Olympics’ 2020 Summer Games, and we’ll reopen Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park May 9 when warmer weather returns. Closing out a busy May will be the official opening of Morgan’s Wonderland Sports, a 3-acre complex near the park that will offer fun, fitness and competition to athletes with and without special needs.”
Following closely on the heels of opening weekend 2020, Morgan’s Wonderland will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily March 9-14 for spring break and a new edition of “Music, Mutts, Magic and More,” a package of special shows and family activities. For the latest on park days and hours of operation, admission information and special events, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com.
“So many wonderful things have happened at Morgan’s Wonderland since the grand opening in April 2010,” Morander said. “Since then, we’ve welcomed approximately 1.8 million guests from all 50 states and 76 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, TripAdvisor inducted Morgan’s Wonderland into its Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. The Texas Governor’s Committee on People With Disabilities also presented its highest lifetime-achievement honor – The Governor’s Trophy – to Gordon Hartman and Morgan’s Wonderland.
Hartman and his wife, Maggie, created Morgan’s Wonderland as a result of their 26-year-old daughter Morgan’s inspiration. “Her soaring spirit despite physical and cognitive challenges since birth created within us a deep desire to help children and adults with special needs,” said Gordon Hartman, who established The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation in 2005 to benefit the special-needs community.
“Inclusion is the mission of Morgan’s Wonderland. The same is true for Morgan’s Inspiration Island. Our vision is to play an instrumental role in helping establish more ultra-accessible places where those with and without disabilities can come together for fun and a better understanding of one another.”
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.