The 2013 summer season at unique and colorful Morgan’s Wonderland theme park will begin Saturday, June 1, according to Ron Morander, general manager.
The safe, affordable and completely wheelchair-accessible park will be open daily with the exception of Mondays, Morander noted. And just like last summer, the park will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday to take advantage of milder morning temperatures for guest comfort and enjoyment.
Summer operating hours through Aug. 17 will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
As a prelude to the summer season, Morgan’s Wonderland will be open Memorial Day weekend – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 25; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day. The park will wrap up the month of May welcoming guests from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 29, 30 and 31.
Morgan’s Wonderland offers more than 25 attractions including rides, playgrounds and gardens for everyone’s enjoyment. “Morgan’s Wonderland is the center of a family fun destination we call Wonderland, Texas,” Morander said. “Our ‘community’ also includes the new, 8,000-seat home of the San Antonio Scorpions FC pro soccer team and the STAR (South Texas Area Regional) Soccer Complex.”
In addition to its regular attractions, Morgan’s Wonderland will host summertime special events such as a Thursday, July 4, salute to active-duty members of the armed forces and first-responders such as firefighters, law-enforcement officers and emergency-medical professionals. Active-duty military personnel and first-responders who present their ID cards will be admitted at a reduced rate of $8 per person, and they’ll be treated to free hot dogs and apple pie.
This summer, the 25-acre park will continue to offer discounts for active-duty and retired military personnel, senior adults and children, plus season passes and discounted multi-ticket packages. Admission for those with special needs is always free of charge, while admission fees for accompanying family members, friends, caregivers and the general public are affordable.
The latest information on admissions, operating days/hours of operation and special events/celebrations can be found at www.MorgansWonderland.com.
Furthermore, Morgan’s Wonderland is now the scene of Senior Fridays, special activities for senior adults featuring fishing, ballroom dancing, sports and recreation classes and other popular pastimes. And, on specified days, the Moms’ Coffee and Conversation Group meets for free coffee and conversation while their kids enjoy supervised play and activities. The Morgan’s Wonderland website contains additional information about Senior Fridays and Moms’ Coffee and Conversation, plus bookings for birthday parties as well as both indoor and outdoor special events.
“Non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland is the very first park of its kind because it was designed with special-needs individuals in mind but built for everyone to enjoy,” Morander noted. “We find it hard to believe that we’re already well into our fourth year of operation and that we’ve welcomed guests from all over America and around the world.”
To provide non-profit Morgan’s Wonderland with a steady revenue stream for expansion of programs and services, the Scorpions FC is heavy into North American Soccer League competition at Toyota Field, just across from the theme park’s main entrance. All Toyota Field and Scorpions net profits are earmarked for Morgan’s Wonderland. This is the first time a professional sports team has been organized to benefit the special-needs community. More information is available at www.SanAntonioScorpions.com.
In addition to Morgan’s Wonderland, the Scorpions and Toyota Field, The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation provided the impetus for nearby STAR Soccer, featuring 13 lighted fields for tournament and league play, and Monarch Academy, a school for students with special needs that opened next to Morgan’s Wonderland in August 2011. To learn more, visit www.MonarchAcademy.net.
The inspiration for Morgan’s Wonderland came from philanthropist Gordon Hartman’s 19-year-old daughter Morgan. Her soaring spirit despite personal challenges sparked within him a deep desire to create a haven not only for those with special needs but also for their families, caregivers and invited friends. “Inclusion is the overarching objective for Morgan’s Wonderland,” he explained. “Our vision is to play an instrumental role in helping establish more ultra-accessible family fun parks throughout the nation and the world. Already we’ve received expressions of interests from over 20 cities globally.”
Morgan’s Wonderland is located at 5223 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio just off IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.