It’s been a year since Morgan’s Wonderland closed its doors due to safety concerns related to the pandemic, and now the park is ready to open back up with a number of COVID-19 precautions in place.

The 25-acre Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible amusement park kicked off its 12th season Friday and will be open every weekend through spring. The park will also open from March 10-14 for spring break, according to its website

The decision to reopen the park was not taken lightly, said Marketing and Social Media Director Leslie Mouton. After consulting experts, the park developed a reopening plan that included safety measures to protect visitors and staff.

Prior to the park opening each day, all employees will be required to get a temperature check and to complete a health screening, Mouton said. Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the park, and employees will be required to wear masks. The park will also require masks for all visitors ages 3 and up.

“After talking to several medical professionals and several experts in the special needs community, we realize that there are some individuals with special needs who cannot wear a mask,” Mouton said. “So that was a really hard decision for us, but we were told by those officials, in order to protect their safety and everyone’s safety, the mask requirement should be in place.”

Each of the lines leading up to the park’s 25 rides will have social distancing markers placed 6 feet apart, and the park will limit its capacity, Mouton said. To limit person-to-person interaction and to maintain a smaller number of guests, tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Cleaning staff will be sanitizing surfaces throughout the entire facility during all operating hours, and signs communicating COVID-19 safety guidelines will be posted throughout the park, Mouton said.

The park will have designated eating areas for guests to temporarily take off their masks and employees will enforce mask-wearing and social distancing, Mouton said. Even with Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the statewide mask mandate, Morgan’s Wonderland will keep its mask rule in place since the park has guests that often have more fragile immune systems, she noted.

“We hope as things change with this pandemic, and more people are vaccinated – and as health officials say [it’s safe to do so], that we can start easing those restrictions,” Mouton said.

Morgan’s Wonderland is now open Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For the full schedule and for more information about Morgan’s Wonderland visit their website here.

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Lindsey Carnett

Lindsey Carnett covers the environment, science and utilities for the San Antonio Report.