Whataburger's $1M gift builds accessible water park
It’s the world’s first universally accessible water park.
Inspiration Island, a part of Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, Texas, is a water park for everyone. Each ride and attraction is accessible to everyone, including kids and adults in a wheelchair or those with special needs.
The centerpiece of the park is the Whataburger Rainbow Reef, an area where families can splash, play games, and even adjust the water temperature so that individuals who are sensitive to cold can still enjoy getting wet.
The area was funded in part by a $1 million donation from Whataburger.
“It’s a place for the community to join together,” says Belarmino Castellanos, a director in the Whataburger Home Office whose family visits regularly. “The great thing about Morgan’s Wonderland, and now Inspiration Island, is that it allows people of varying abilities to play together, and be together. It’s about building connections in a safe place that feels like home. And that’s what Whataburger is all about too.”
Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Dobson gave his restaurant a name he hoped to hear customers say every time they took a bite of his made-to-order burgers: “What a burger!” Within the first week, people lined up around the block for his 25 cent, 100 percent beef burgers served on five-inch buns. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, with more than 820 locations in 10 states with sales of more than $2 billion annually. Visit www.whataburger.com for more information.