SAN ANTONIO – “More Fun in ‘21” will be the theme marking the return of unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park and the grand opening of Morgan’s Wonderland Sports (MWS), a $4-million complex providing fun, fitness and competition for athletes of all abilities.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, Morgan’s Wonderland guests will get to enjoy more than 25 colorful attractions – including wheelchair-accessible rides – after a nine-month closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 6, Morgan’s Wonderland Sports will officially open with a Super Sports Expo, athletes of all abilities demonstrating an array of sports at the ultra-accessible™, fully-inclusive, 3-acre complex. The new park’s inspiration and namesake – Morgan Hartman – is scheduled to throw out the first softball pitch, and sports demos will follow.
In preparation for the safe return of guests, Morgan’s Wonderland officials have been collaborating with health experts on COVID-19 preventative measures, said Jessica Lizardo, general manager of the world-renowned park designed with individuals with special needs in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment. “We will require guests to wear face masks, practice physical-distancing, consume food and snacks in designated areas and use hand-sanitizing stations throughout the park,” she said.
“Since there will be capacity limits on the number of guests admitted to Morgan’s Wonderland, all guests will be required to purchase admission tickets online at www.MorgansWonderland.com/admissions before visiting.”
In turn, Morgan’s Wonderland employees will be required to undergo health screenings and temperature checks each day of park operation, wear masks, limit time spent indoors, follow physical-distancing where applicable, wipe down high-touch surfaces with disinfectant throughout the day and use hand-sanitizing stations following guest transactions.
“We can’t wait for the return of guests to Morgan’s Wonderland,” she said, “but we want to do so in the safest way possible. Similar COVID-19 safeguards will be in place at new Morgan’s Wonderland Sports.”
Located at 5025 David Edwards Drive near Morgan’s Wonderland (and adjacent to North East Independent School District’s Heroes Stadium), MWS offers multiple court or field combinations for baseball, softball, tennis, pickleball, football, basketball and volleyball. It also includes an 8,000-square-foot covered pavilion and a separate stage to serve as a focal point for walks to raise funds for charitable organizations, performances and other special events. In addition, MWS houses the San Antonio office of Special Olympics Texas. More details are available at www.MorgansWonderlandSports.com.
“More Fun in ‘21” will continue with daily operation at Morgan’s Wonderland for spring break – March 10-14 – and with “Splash Day 2021” in May, the return of Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park, named by TIME Magazine to its list of World’s 100 Greatest Places.
Morgan’s Wonderland, Morgan’s Wonderland Sports, Morgan’s Inspiration Island and other facilities to help the special-needs community comprise the Morgan’s Wonderland Inclusion Foundation (MWIF), founded in 2020 to coordinate fundraising, planning and communications among all Morgan’s Wonderland-associated projects. The new foundation seeks to increase growth of the Morgan’s Wonderland “family” – soon to include Morgan’s Wonderland Camp and the Multi-Assistance Center at Morgan’s Wonderland, or The MAC – and expand its mission of inclusion through sustained funding and support. For more information, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com/MWIF.
Morgan’s Wonderland is located at 5223 David Edwards Drive, a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive. For more information, call (210) 495-5888, or visit www.MorgansWonderland.com.