Looks like dealing with the heat this summer will be a lot easier. On June 17, Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world's first "ultra-accessible" water park, opened its doors to visitors regardless of their age or ability.
Texas is brimming with culture and the people are friendly but more importantly, you can never run out of things to do, which is quite obvious since it is the second largest state in the U.S. On the downside, it's hot in Texas. In fact, Texans joke that they have three seasons which comprise summer, hot summer, and blistering hot summer. But with a water park opening in San Antonio, Texas, things are likely to be considerably different this time around.
Inspiration Island is located inside Morgan’s Wonderland, which is the first fully-accessible theme park. Just like Morgan’s Wonderland, the whole park is wheelchair accessible and parents can use RFID technology-based waterproof wristbands to keep track of their children.
In a statement, Gordon Hartman, the founder of The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation that built the park admitted that they did not know what to expect when Morgan’s Wonderland inaugurated back in spring 2010; however, the park's skyrocketing popularity gave them the confidence to make Morgan’s Inspiration Island.
Now, they have a couple of unique attractions that everyone regardless of age or ability can delve into and beat the heat in the most exciting way. In other words, Morgan’s Inspiration Island is a place where people with physical or cognitive special needs can also have a good time without any sort of barrier.
Both parks derived their names from Hartman’s 23-year-old daughter, Morgan, who is dealing with a disability. She was the inspiration behind these parks. The Foundation also runs The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland where students with disabilities are getting a quality education.
Development of this one-of-a-kind water park kicked off in 2015 with the developers paying special attention to the park's accessibility and safety. Hartman stated that they have been co-operating with water park consultants from not only within the United States (Florida, Arizona, and Texas) but also from Canada for the past three years. Moreover, they have been teaming up with local doctors, parents, caregivers, special education teachers, and special needs therapists.
Hartman believes Morgan’s Inspiration Island is highly likely to garner huge following not only among children but also adults in wheelchairs. In the bid to ensure visitors are entertained, the park features a river boat adventure ride, and there is eight-acre catch and release fishing lake along with five tropical-themed water play space.
Parkgoers must bear in mind that Morgan’s Inspiration Island is not a special-need park like Morgan’s Wonderland. While both parks were designed for special-needs individuals, they were built to allow even people without disabilities to relax.
Guests with powerchairs can access the park’s compressed-air powered wheelchairs, which are waterproof. There are two other types of wheelchairs that are water resistant as well.
Following its recent launch, the park is slated to open daily until Mid-August and switch to weekends specifically for the remainder of the month throughout September. Citing the park's growing demand, Hartman advises people to order tickets in advance online. Parkgoers with a disability can enter free of cost. (Image: jarmoluk / Pixabay)