Summer is finally here, and one of the main fun things to do during the summer is to go to water parks. Water parks, however, despite how fun it is to get on all the slides and scream in excitement and fun, they all have one major downside: they’re infamously inaccessible for people with disabilities. Until now.
Yep, as part of Morgan’s Wonderland theme park located in San Antonio, Texas, an expansion has recently been opened called Morgan’s Inspiration Island, with one goal in mind: bring the fun of a water theme park to the disabled. Even though the area was designed from scratch to be accessible by anyone when it was first opened in 2010, this expansion takes it to another level.
“Our goal is to provide a great guest experience in an inclusive, safe, comfortable, not-overly-crowded environment,” says founder Gordon Hartman, who worked with doctors, parents, teachers, special needs therapists, and caregivers in order to create an extension to Morgan’s Wonderland that caters to people with all varieties of disability.
There’s traceable bracelets, waterproof and air-powered wheelchairs that can be rented for free, all areas of the park are accessible with a wheelchair, and the heat of the water can be changed quickly should there be any guests sensitive to the cold.
“Those without disabilities and those with, including individuals in wheelchairs, guests with hearing and visual impairments, and even guests on ventilators, will be able to play alongside each other and gain a greater appreciation of one another.” Hartman also told US media outlets.
The park was named after Hartman’s 23-year-old daughter, Morgan, who also has disabilities.
He created Morgan’s Inspiration Island with the help of teachers, parents, doctors, caregivers and special needs therapists.
The place caters for people with all types of disabilities.
The venue offers traceable bracelets that allow parents to locate their children.
It also provide PneuChairs, air-powered, waterproof wheelchairs that families can rent for free.
Every ride and attraction in the area is wheelchair-accessible.
And children with “special needs” can enter for free.
The park “promises to give individuals with physical or cognitive special needs a place where they can splash and play without barriers,” Gordon said.
“[It] is not a special-needs park; it’s a park of inclusion”
I don’t know about you, but I think this has to be one of the best ideas ever: a fun, water theme park for everyone.
Do you know someone with a disability that is going to visit this park? Let us know in the comments!