Morgan’s Wonderland water park for all, including people in wheelchairs

Beginning June 17, Morgan’s Wonderland has a water park called Inspiration Island.

If you’ve ever taken your child to a water park, you know there are limits to where children who use wheelchairs or adaptive devices can go. Now Morgan’s Wonderland, the San Antonio amusement park that is for all kids, has figured out how to make a water park accessible.

Opening Saturday, its Inspiration Island will offer on a first-come, first-served basis wheelchairs developed by the University of Pittsburgh that can get wet. The Pneu Chairs use compressed air to move. The park also has two other waterproof models: one is a push-stroller for those who have a caregiver to push them and a a manual one guests can push themselves.

See a video of Inspiration Island, here:

Inspiration Island is centered around the park’s 8-acre catch-and-release fishing lake and a seven-story lighthouse.

The 17-million project offers these elements:

The River Boat Adventure ride through a jungle setting

Five water splash areas – Hang 10 Harbor, Rainbow Reef, Shipwreck Island, Harvey’s Hideaway Bay and Calypso Cove –with splashy elements such as raintrees, falls, pools, geysers, jets, water cannons and tipping buckets.

The Rainbow Reef is also great for kids with sensitivity to cold because the water is warmer there.

Morgan’s Wonderland also has water-proof ID bracelets that can help parents keep track of their kids.

Find Morgan’s Wonderland at  5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio. It’s best to get tickets in advance at www.MorgansWonderland.com.  Kids who have special needs  and are younger than 2 get in for free.

Tickets for both parks are $21 for kids 3-17, military with ID, and seniors 62 and older, and $27 adults.

Author: Nicole Villalpando

Nicole Villalpando writes about families in the Raising Austin blog and the Raising Austin column on Saturdays. She also offers a weekly and monthly family calendar at austin360.com/raisingaustin. She tweets at @raisingaustin.

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