Tomorrow is the opening of Morgan’s Wonderland, an amusement park just for people with special needs!
The 25 acres of fun in San Antonio, TX was created by Gordon Hartman in honor of his daughter, Morgan. Morgan, at 16, has a severe cognitive delay, and the idea was spawned by his watching her interaction and desire to play with others, but not having the communication abilities to do so. He started with $1 million of his own money, and raised the additional $29 million needed to build the park.
Some items of note: Sensory Village, a wheelchair using Carousel, Music Garden, water play area, pirate’s island, Wonderland Express (train,) and even microchipped bracelets, so you can locate your wayward child from screens throughout the park. Because large crowds are so hard for lots of people with special needs, the park keeps a cap on crowd sizes.
The topper? The park is free for the people with special needs, and family and/or caregivers get in for just $5, and the general admission is $15.