Morgan’s Wonderland will help guests get into the holiday spirit beginning Friday, Nov. 27, with the unique theme park’s biggest “A Wonderland Christmas” entertainment lineup ever on select evenings leading up to Christmas.
The colorful mix of lights, decorations, entertainment and holiday traditions will be presented from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 27 and 28, Dec. 4 and 5, Dec. 11 and 12 and Dec. 18-23. It will cap a successful 2015 season in which Morgan’s Wonderland – the world’s first ultra-accessible theme park specifically designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind and built for everyone to enjoy – has been celebrating its 5th birthday all year long.
Leading the expanded entertainment will be the “Wonder Squad,” four Morgan’s Wonderland super heroes – Morgan, Rocket, X-Ray and Jette – who don’t let their physical or cognitive special needs hold them back. Instead, the Wonder Squad will show how disabilities can become “super abilities” as they interact with park guests. The phenomenal four also will be available for community appearances throughout South Texas upon request via the Morgan’s Wonderland website.
“An Astounding Christmas Featuring the Astonishing Mr. Pitts” will blend comedy, ventriloquism and magic – plus pre-show vocals by Sierra Belmares and her ukulele – at the Starlight Amphitheater, while another new show, “A Wonderland Country Christmas” will feature singers Marisa Flores, Katy McKenzie and Jessie Rose.
“Christmas Around the World” will be celebrated at rest stops along the Walk and Roll Path that parallels the park’s 8-acre lake. Luis Arizpe and 6-year-old Audrey G. Ortega will sing at the Mexico stop, percussionist Tbow Gonzales will drum at the Africa stop and park volunteer Chris Robles will play polkas on his accordion at the Germany stop. At Lakeside Pavilion, a new puppet show, “Hartman’s House,” will focus on imagination and inclusion.
In addition to the park’s regular rides and attractions, A Wonderland Christmas will feature visits with Santa Claus, a petting zoo, butterfly costumed character Joy, therapy dogs, jugglers on stilts, carolers, storytellers, skating on a simulated ice rink and Christmas decorations throughout the 25-acre park. Pictures with Santa will be taken from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a nominal charge. Randy Ersch built Santa’s elaborate chair, and Resa Wohlrabe, a teacher at The Academy at Morgan’s Wonderland and creator of the official 2016 Fiesta San Antonio poster, designed the festive backdrop for photos.
Ron Morander, Morgan’s Wonderland general manager, said shows and other special entertainment elements will vary each evening during A Wonderland Christmas, but there will be something each evening for everyone.
“For families wanting to become immersed in the Christmas spirit, A Wonderland Christmas is definitely the place to be,” Morander added. “Morgan’s Wonderland is a truly beautiful place, and it takes on a special ambiance at night for special events such as A Wonderland Christmas. Because it’s so colorful and lively, our guests take lots and lots of pictures to share with family and friends!”
Guests will also notice construction of a new Morgan’s Wonderland attraction for 2016 – the “Whirling Wonder” Ferris wheel – that will rise to a height of five and a half stories upon completion, however this project will not interfere with A Wonderland Christmas.
Regular Morgan’s Wonderland admission prices will be applicable throughout A Wonderland Christmas, and as always, those with special needs will be admitted free of charge. The latest information about operating schedule and admissions is available at www.MorgansWonderland.com or at (210) 495-5888.
Morgan’s Wonderland is located in Northeast San Antonio at 5223 David Edwards Drive, a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.