Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Morgan's Wonderland: An Amusement Park for Special Needs Children



Today, we loaded up everyone and headed to Morgan's Wonderland.  It is an Amusement Park for Special Needs kids in San Antonio, TX that just recently opened on April 11, 2010.  I had seen some references to it opening a few months ago, and seeing as we visit San Antonio quite often to visit our grandsons, we decided to try it this time while we were here.

In a recent post about I wrote about our 17 year-old autistic daughter Alyssa and her iPad.  Both being teachers and the parent of an autistic child, we are very interested in issues and opportunities we can provide for Alyssa. So, we loaded everyone, and I mean everyone up in two cars and headed there. Four teachers, me, my wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, our 19 year-old daughter and three grandsons, all three and under.

Cindy, Alyssa & I at the front entrance of Morgan's Wonderland

The park, being relatively new, is very clean and looks great.  As soon as you check in, everyone in your party gets a wristband with a GPS tracking device which works with several location stations throughout the park to help you locate everyone in your party.  We tried it several times and it was pretty convenient to see where everyone was just a few minutes ago. 

You can see as soon as you arrive that the park is different from most other theme parks.  Today, there were very few people there.  I'm sure that there are days when there are more people in attendance, but today, it seemed like at times we were the only ones there.  They have a group of very nice volunteers in addition to people who get paid to work there.  Everyone was VERY NICE and helpful.

EXAMPLES: 
  • While we were on the carousel, they didn't seem to mind if you wanted to take a few extra seconds to take a picture of your child.  That was nice.

The Sensory Village, which is a must, had quite a few people there to help explain what everything was and how it worked.  Once again very nice.


When you come, don't expect thrill seeker's rides, remember, this amusement park is designed for kids with special needs.  But they have a train, a carousel and some cars, which are all handicap accessible.  So, this was pretty cool.  Our daughter, Alyssa, as well as our three grandsons, all seemed to have a wonderful time!

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Alyssa ridding one of the Exorcizor horses. She liked it!

Recommendation:  If you're going to be in San Antonio, TX and you have some time, go!  You will be glad that you did!  I would think if you live close to San Antonio, this would be a great place to take your class if you are involved with special education kids.  They really seem to have their interests in mind.

There are a lot of adaptive attractions for kids to try.  The two videos were taken in the Sensory Village on the Exorcizer Horses and in front of the green screen where you can view yourself on TV!

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Shannon singing The Pizza Hut Song with Alyssa

Resources:
Morgan's Wonderland Website
Morgan's Wonderland on Facebook
Morgan's Wonderland on Twitter

3 comments:

Kim Caise said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic day with your family today at Morgan's Wonderland (just love the name of the park!)! Luckily it wasn't as hot as usually is this time of year by a few degrees. Can't wait to see the pics!

John Peters said...

Kim;

It really was nice and the little bit of rain we had today came at the right time to cool things down a little.

It's really a nice park, not just for special needs kids, but for younger kids as well. My grandsons had a wonderful time.

I'll post some pictures as soon as I sync my iPhone, maybe later this evening.

Erin MacPherson said...

Hi John- I'm so glad you had so much fun! I've heard so many great things about Morgan's Wonderland and It's nice to hear a first-hand account.