Morgan’s Wonderland is a accessible amusement park in San Antonio, Texas, USA for children and adults with special cognitive and physical needs. The park, which opened in April, 2010, was developed by Gordon Hartman, a former real estate developer from San Antonio. He said that his daughter Morgan, who has a severe cognitive delay, inspired the creation of the park. In 2005, Hartman sold his successful homebuilding business to establish The Foundation so he and his wife, Maggie, could pursue their dream of helping children and adults with special needs. Their devotion to this cause is inspired by their 21-year-old daughter, Morgan. Her soaring spirit despite physical and cognitive challenges sparked within the Hartmans a deep desire to create Morgan’s Wonderland, a haven not only for those with special needs but also for their families, caregivers, friends and the general public. The concept for the park is similar to a sensory garden. It is an example of adaptive recreation for children. The attractions are designed to be interactive for children with various abilities and disabilities. The guiding principle for Morgan’s Wonderland is inclusion. “Morgan’s Wonderland is a special place where anyone can have fun,” says Gordon Hartman, CEO of The Foundation, “but it was created with special-needs individuals in mind. Morgan’s Wonderland is just like any other theme park except for the added benefit of a culture and environment that assures 100 percent enjoyment by everyone who enters through our Welcome Center. Unfortunately, countless children and adults with special needs do not have access to facilities that can help them fully enjoy outdoor recreation. We truly hope Morgan’s Wonderland will begin to change that.” The park has a carousel, an lake, off-road vehicles, a miniature train decorated to appear like it is from the 1930s, a sand circle play area, swings, and “playscapes.” The carousel sits flush with the ground and has “chariots” that wheel chairs can be secured in that move up and down as the carousel turns. There are traditional and adaptive swings that hold wheel chairs. On August 28, 2012, Toyota was named presenting sponsor of Morgan’s Wonderland. Toyota will provide major financial support for the 25-acre theme park. Morgan’s Wonderland is the anchor of Wonderland, Texas, a new family destination that exists for fun as well as helping the special-needs community. Other attractions are the STAR (South Texas Area Regional Soccer) Complex, the San Antonio Scorpions FC pro soccer team, Toyota Field multi-purpose stadium and Monarch Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland, a school for students with special needs. More information about each of these Wonderland, Texas, elements is contained in subsequent sections of this fact sheet. Morgan’s Wonderland opened March 3, 2010, and celebrated its grand opening April 10, 2010, with NBA legend David Robinson and actress Eva Longoria as special guests. Completely wheelchair-accessible, the $34 million park features more than 25 elements and attractions including rides, playgrounds, gardens, an eight-acre catch-and-release fishing lake, 18,000-square-foot special-event center, 575-seat amphitheater, picnic area and rest areas throughout the park. Visit for the latest information on operating days, admissions and special events. Admission for those with special needs is free; admission fees for accompanying family members, friends, caregivers and the general public are nominal. Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland is the very first theme park of its kind. Now in its fifth season, the park has welcomed more than 500,000 guests from all 50 states and 49 other countries.

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