8/24/2018 - TIME Magazine Names Morgan’s Inspiration Island to World’s Greatest Places List
August 24, 2018
|Ultra-accessible Morgan’s Inspiration Island splash park adjacent to unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park in San Antonio has been named to TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places list. (Photo by Robin Jerstad)|
SAN ANTONIO – Morgan’s Inspiration Island, the world’s first ultra-accessible™ splash park, has been named to TIME Magazine’s first annual World’s Greatest Places list that’s now online at www.time.com/greatestplaces and also scheduled to appear in print on newsstands Aug. 24.
“We’re truly gratified to receive this international recognition from such a well-known publication as TIME,” said Ron Morander, general manager of Morgan’s Inspiration Island and unique Morgan’s Wonderland theme park. “It’s wonderful that TIME understands our emphasis on inclusion, bringing together those with and without special needs in a safe, colorful, barrier-free environment to have fun and, in so doing, to gain a better understand of each other.”
To create the list, TIME solicited nominations across a variety of categories – including museums, parks, restaurants and hotels – from TIME editors and correspondents around the world, as well as dozens of industry experts. TIME evaluated each one based on key factors such as quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence. The result is a list spanning six continents and 48 countries.
Morgan’s Inspiration Island and its revolutionary waterproof wheelchairs also won the 2017 Leading Edge Award from the World Waterpark Association. Earlier this year, Morgan’s Inspiration Island and Morgan’s Wonderland jointly received the Paralyzed Veterans of America Barrier-Free America Award. And, for the seventh consecutive year, Morgan’s Wonderland has earned a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, for “earning exceptional traveler ratings.”
Morander noted that both non-profit Morgan’s Inspiration Island and Morgan’s Wonderland were designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, and every person with a physical or cognitive special need is admitted free of charge.
Morgan’s Wonderland, offering more than 25 wheelchair-accessible rides, playscapes and other attractions, will be open primarily on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of the year. Meanwhile, Morgan’s Inspiration Island will operate on weekends through Sept. 16, then reopen next spring when warm weather returns. For the latest information on operating schedules, admissions and special events, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com.
Tropically-themed Morgan’s Inspiration Island offers five major splash pads, the River Boat Adventure ride and support facilities such as the Wheelchair Valet, where guests can transfer out of their personal wheelchairs into waterproof wheelchairs for maximum aquatic fun.
Morgan’s Wonderland and Morgan’s Inspiration Island are located at 5223 David Edwards Drive in Northeast San Antonio a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive.
Bob McCullough, APR