I cannot begin to explain to you my excitement when I moved to Texas and found out that my new hometown of San Antonio was building the world’s first, specially adapted, ‘ultra-accessible’ amusement park, designed especially for anyone with disabilities.
Morgan’s Wonderland is truly an incredible place. It’s a place where everyone has a chance to do things that can be so hard, or impossible, for some… swing, play on a teeter totter, drive a car. It’s a chance for anyone to be normal, without having to worry about “disabilities” or “limitations” or “special needs.”
There’s so much to say, I really don’t even know where to start…
Well, let’s start with the fact that as soon as I heard about Morgan’s Wonderland, I was determined that Alyssa was going to go. Never mind the fact that she lived in Colorado—we could make it happen!
So the next time she and my parents came to visit me, Morgan’s Wonderland was top of the list for things to do. One of the great things about the park is that individuals with special needs get free admission and anyone accompanying them gets a discounted rate. (Which I know is a HUGE thing for special need families who have to pay huge medical bills along with normal living expenses).
Once we got into the park, I was blown away by how awesome it was and more specifically, how awesome it was for Alyssa. While I definitely wanted to take her to the park, Alyssa is very high functioning, so I didn’t know if she would really benefit from some of the unique aspects of the park… such as accessible swings, a ‘sensory village,’ etc. But when we got there, every single thing that we encountered seemed to be especially built for Alyssa.
When she found out she could ‘drive a jeep’ all by herself… well, let’s just say that my parents and I were relegated to watching from behind the fence as she (for the first time EVER) got to ‘drive’ by herself.
Of course, Alyssa always loves carousels, trains, fishing… it was like they designed the park especially for her. And it was incredible to not only watch her, but see individuals with other disabilities (even those in wheelchairs!) get to swing, ride the carousel, and so much more.
If you have a special sibling (or child or friend), all I have to say is… You HAVE to visit Morgan’s Wonderland. It will be one of the best things you ever did.