Morgan’s Wonderland is already a big deal. It’s the first accessible theme park in the country for the whole family, including people with disabilities. But now they are adding even more to the park.
In November 2015, work began on a new feature, “Morgan’s Inspiration Island,” the world’s first ultra-accessible splash park. Children and adults with disabilities can enjoy the River Boat Adventure ride. The boat twists and turns through an eighth of a mile jungle setting enhanced with animal and bird sounds.
Five play areas give different options for fun in the water. The five areas are: Hang 10 Harbor; Rainbow Reef; Shipwreck Island; Castaway Bay; and Calypso Cove. Water features include rain trees, falls, pools, geysers, jets, water cannons, and tipping buckets. All areas are wheelchair accessible.
Morgan's Wonderland worked with university researchers to develop a waterproof wheelchair. Anyone who uses an electric chair will have spacious private areas to transfer into the waterproof chairs. Some areas will have heated water for those sensitive to the cold temperatures. Waterproof wristbands will assist family members to know where each person in their group is located in the park. Morgan's Inspiration Island is set to open in the spring of 2017.
As of early 2016, there’s a new wheelchair-accessible Whirling Wonder Ferris wheel at Morgan’s Wonderland. At five-and-a-half stories tall, with a 46’ diameter, the Whirling Wonder features twelve gondolas that can accommodate children and adults, including guests in wheelchairs. The Whirling Wonder Ferris wheel will debut when Morgan's Wonderland opens in February for the 2016 season.
For information about the park, to check hours, open dates, or news events, go to Morgan's Wonderland. You can find other family activities by going to the Find Groups, Services, and Events section on this website.
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