How the park came to be
Hartman acquired 106 acres in northeast San Antonio that contained a unique feature. The property was an abandoned quarry. The topography consisted of at terrain and a spring-fed lake. The flatness of the property proved to be beneficial during the development and the lake became a central feature of the park. Infrastructure was in place with close proximity to a major interstate highway.
Hartman recognized that to create a park with “ultra-accessibility” as its goal, he would need an architectural group with the same level of passion and commitment as his own. He contracted Robert Luna, founder of Luna Architecture + Design to take hold of this vision and make it a reality. A refined master plan was meticulously developed for the theme park and for an adjacent regional soccer complex composed of 13 soccer fields.
Unique features and attractions were developed, themes were defined and accessible and sensory elements were designed specifically for the Park. Relationships were forged with ride manufacturers and vendors and each attraction was adapted and customized to assure the enjoyment and safety of all visitors equally. AAs security was paramount, a newly developed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system utilizing wristbands and location monitors was incorporated into the infrastructure of the park. In the short period of one year, the park design was completed and an unparalleled attraction began to emerge. At the end of the second year, the park had gone from a vision captured in a set of construction drawings to the reality that is Morgan’s Wonderland today, the FIRST truly accessible and inclusive theme park in the world.