SAN ANTONIO, TX – Uplifted by the success of “Delivering Joy” visits to homes of those with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, Morgan’s Wonderland is seeking nominations for “Delivering Holiday Joy” visits in December.
Beginning Dec. 1, the world-renowned, ultra-accessible™ theme park’s “Delivering Holiday Joy” team – led by costumed-character, butterfly-mascot Joy – will arrive at homes and offer uplifting entertainment at no charge to individuals in Bexar County deeply affected by the unprecedented health emergency. Morgan’s Wonderland will schedule visits after reviewing nominations submitted by the Nov. 16 deadline to MorgansWonderland.com/DeliveringJoy.
“Even though Morgan’s Wonderland remains closed for the rest of 2020, we’ve had such a good time bringing joy and a bit of our unique theme park to the front doors of people in the community who need a lift the most during the pandemic,” said Nikki Young, Morgan’s Wonderland director of edutainment. “Now we’re eager to share some holiday cheer. We won’t be able to visit the home of every nominee, but we’ll try to make as many visits as possible.”
Gordon Hartman, the park’s co-founder, said the decision in May to close Morgan’s Wonderland for the remainder of 2020 was extremely difficult. “But our mission of inclusion has not diminished one bit,” he added. “We received so many heartfelt messages that inspired us to think out of the box, outside the park, to go beyond Morgan’s Wonderland. Our doors may be currently closed, but we’re committed to safely delivering joy to the front doorsteps of our friends who need it most.”
Each Delivering Holiday Joy visit will be unique to the level of joy needed by each individual, Young said. “It could be just a Wonderland-A-Gram (like a telegram containing good wishes) or a Doorway Dance Party or even a Driveway Dance Party, if space allows for it. Folks also can take Porchtraits (photos) with Joy. Who knows? Even Santa might be able to join us from time to time.
“Whatever we do, we’ll practice all mandated safety measures; even Joy will be wearing a mask. We hope Delivering Holiday Joy will give our friends who are having the most difficult time a bit of a reprieve with our safe and socially-distanced house visits.”
Morgan’s Wonderland, which has been closed since March 14 in response to Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s declaration of a public health emergency, offers more than 25 attractions including wheelchair-accessible rides, playgrounds and gardens for the enjoyment of guests young and older. Planning is already under way in hopes Morgan’s Wonderland can safely reopen to guests next spring.
Morgan’s Wonderland is located in Northeast San Antonio, a half-mile west of IH 35 at the intersection of Wurzbach Parkway and Thousand Oaks Drive. For more information, visit www.MorgansWonderland.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bob McCullough, APR, (210) 495-5888 or bmccullough@MorgansWonderland.com.