Visiting a water park is a childhood rite of passage, and there's no better time to visit than during these hot summer months! But for children with physical disabilities, a trip to a water park (or even some amusement parks) isn't always possible. Water slides, splash pads, and waves pools aren't designed for people in wheelchairs, and they're often overlooked in the planning and designing of new parks and attractions. But one water park in San Antonio, Texas is hoping to change all of that. Morgan's Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind water park, where people can enjoy 100% of the attractions, regardless of their age, ability, or special need. It's a truly magical place, and it's about time!
This water park was designed with special-needs kids in mind 🙌 pic.twitter.com/fcrvsQVZdj— INSIDER (@thisisinsider) July 26, 2018
Morgan's Wonderland is the brainchild of Gordon and Maggie Hartman. The park bears the name of their daughter, Morgan. Though Morgan has physical and cognitive disabilities, her parents wanted her to enjoy all the things life has to offer, and made it their mission to create a wonderful place for her and others just like her. And so, after five years of planning and development, Gordon and Maggie cut the ribbon on Morgan's Wonderland in 2010.
The entire park is wheelchair-accessible, and features 25 different rides, playgrounds, and other fun and colorful attractions. No one is turned away, and all who enter the park are encouraged to participate in all of its splendors. What's more, from the very first day the park opened, anyone with a special need or disability has been admitted to the park free of charge, no questions asked.
After news of the park spread on Twitter, people are really in their feelings about this amazing place and what it means for the disabled community. We talk a lot about inclusion, but it doesn't happen as often as it needs to! Morgan's Wonderland take inclusivity to a whole new level.
Yes! Can we please build these parks everywhere?? As you can see from the video, the pure unabashed joy these kids experience at Morgan's Wonderland is a sight to behold. That type of joy should be available to all people, no matter their abilities. Kudos to the Hartman family for bringing their vision to life, and giving everyone a place to feel accepted, loved, supported, and encouraged.