Morgan’s Inspiration Island is a water park in San Antonio, Texas, that’s been designed to allow everyone to get in on the joy of heading to a water park in the summer, ensuring that every part of the park is wheelchair accessible.
It’s a sister site to Morgan’s Wonderland, an inclusive amusement park that was opened by disability advocate Gordon Hartman, and includes rides and play areas tailored to those with disabilities.
There are waterproof wheelchairs on offer, that run on air compression instead of electricity (so visitors won’t need to worry about damaging their own expensive chairs), waterproof GPS wristbands that allow parents to keep track of their kids throughout the day, a lighthouse, a river boat ride, and five water play areas.
Water temperatures can be tweaked to accomodate those who are sensitive to the cold, too, and there are plenty of spacious private areas where guests can relax if things become overwhelming.
The entire park has been made in consultation with teachers, parents, doctors, caregivers, and therapists, and has been tested by special needs groups.
Oh, and it’s free for people with special needs – although it’s recommended that everyone makes advanced reservations online.
‘Like Morgan’s Wonderland, Morgan’s Inspiration Island is not a special-needs park; it’s a park of inclusion,’ said Gordon Hartman.
‘Both were designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment.
‘Our goal is to provide a great guest experience in an inclusive, safe, comfortable, not-overly-crowded environment.