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Visit an Accessible Theme Park

Finding a theme park that accommodates guests with special needs may seem daunting, but there are a lot of resources available for families looking for a place where everyone can have some fun -- including an entire park dedicated to the cause.

Morgan’s Wonderland, an ultra-accessible theme park billed as “a place where everyone can play,” opened in April 2010 just northeast of downtown San Antonio, Texas. Its 25 acres of fun include a carousel with chariots built to fit wheelchairs, sandboxes raised to table level, an accessible water park and an old-timey village dedicated to sensory stimulation.

Individuals with special needs get in for free, as do children younger than 2. General admission is $15, or $10 for anyone accompanying someone with special needs. Hours of operation vary March through December.

Unable to make it to the San Antonio park? Check in with your local park to see how it can accommodate guests with special needs.

At Six Flags locations nationwide, a representative in parks’ guest services areas will help you personalize your visit by pointing out which rides are accessible.

Disney offers resources online for those wondering about accessibility at its theme parks, including a full list of accessible Disneyland attractions and printable guides for each park at Disney World.

Similarly, Universal offers Rider’s Guides for Orlando and Hollywood.

Most parks offer wheelchair or Electric Convenience Vehicle rentals -- call ahead to guest services to make sure they have equipment available to fit your needs.

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Monday, July 11, 2011
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