Morgan Hartman was born with both physical and cognitive disabilities, yet for many years, she remained undiagnosed. Despite her challenges, she was known for her joyful spirit. Her father, Gordon Hartman, was determined to keep that spirit alive, though there were times it was dimmed.

During a family vacation in 2006, Gordon observed a heartbreaking moment. “I watched Morgan unable to join in a pool activity with three other children simply because she couldn’t communicate verbally,” he shared with CBS News. “It was a lump-in-the-throat moment, seeing her excluded when all she wanted was to play.”

This experience ignited Gordon’s mission to create a space where no one felt left out. Drawing on his background in construction, he collaborated with experts to bring his vision of an inclusive theme park to life. This dream became reality in the form of Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio.

Morgan’s Wonderland is designed to be inclusive for everyone, not just those with disabilities. Each attraction and ride is “ultra accessible,” ensuring everyone can enjoy them. “The beauty of this place is that it allows everyone to play together, regardless of their condition,” Gordon explained.

Since its opening in 2010, Morgan’s Wonderland has grown to include a sports center and an outdoor adventure camp. The park boasts a Ferris wheel, zip lines, and a water park, all fully accessible. For those with electric wheelchairs, the park offers a unique solution: a wheelchair valet service. “We provide a specially sized manual wheelchair or a nomadic wheelchair powered by compressed air for use underwater,” Gordon said.

Gordon has witnessed the joy the park brings to families. He recalled meeting a couple from Mexico City who, due to their special needs, had never played in water together. “They came here, and it was a profound experience for them. They cried and told me it was the most wonderful opportunity they ever had,” he shared.

Morgan’s favorite attractions include the train, which circles the park, and the swing set, where she often plays with her dad. During a recent visit from CBS News, school children on a field trip eagerly wanted to meet the Morgan behind the “wonderland.”

Morgan’s Wonderland has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and numerous countries. Visitors with disabilities are admitted free of charge. “It’s the small things that make a big difference: having fun,” Gordon said. “For too long, individuals had to watch and say, ‘I wish I could.’ Here at Morgan’s Wonderland, you don’t watch. You participate.”

In 2022, at nearly 29 years old, Morgan finally received a diagnosis: Tatton-Brown-Rahman syndrome, a rare genetic condition. Her enduring happy spirit continues to inspire millions who visit the park she inspired.