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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Spirit of Discovery Park? Spirit of Discovery Park (SoDP) is a St. Louis, Missouri-based, nonprofit that is committed to building the 2nd, fully accessible amusement park, in the world, for EVERY body, especially those with physical or mental disabilities, special needs and our transitioning Veterans. SoDP will be a model of diversity, equality, and inclusion, as it brings together an extremely marginalized population of diseased and disabled to partner with the healthy and able-bodied for fun and adventure together.

  • What was the inspiration behind it? Jamie Peniston Vann is the President and Founder of St. Louis Recreation Development Group, Inc., doing business as, Spirit of Discovery Park. Her passion for this project was sparked by a conversation, in March 2011. Jamie's friend with 3 children, one with Downs syndrome, expressed that her family wouldn't be visiting Disney World, "the happiest, most magical place on earth," and was interested in Morgan's Wonderland, the ONLY ultra-accessible amusement park. This conversation ignited her core belief; to bring great value and create equality, fairness and inclusion to others. Five years later, in February 2016, Jamie's same friend shared her family's memories created at the amusement park in San Antonio. Right then, Jamie saw the need for families with disabled loved ones to have the same experiences of fun, discovery, and community involvement as those which are available to able-bodied individuals, so she made one phone call and the rest is history. Through Spirit of Discovery Park a calling was answered and set in motion to give the gift of "ordinary" to the extra-ordinary by providing memories through an experience of joy, laughter and for people with all abilities.

  • Where will it be located? The team at SoDP is diligently working to solidify our FOREVER HOME. We have a contract on a 60+ acres piece of property and hope to close in May 2022. 

  • How much money has been raised? To date, SoDP has raised over $330K.

  • How far along are you?  SoDP's has determined there will be three phases, fundraising being a constant. Currently, we are in the Fundraising/Planning phase.

  • How much will it cost to build? Our original estimate of $35 Million was based on the first conceptual concept of 35 acres, over 5 years ago. We are completing a pro forma which will provide a more accurate estimate of our proposed 60+ acre, Epcot-like campus.

  • When will construction begin? Construction can begin as soon as land is secured, site plans are approved, and initial funding has been raised.

  • When can I visit?  SoDP is estimated to take 24 - 36 months to build.

  • How much will it cost to get in? Admission for guests with a disability will be FREE to attend. Each accompanying guests will be able to enter based on a nominal fee. Weekend and Season Passes will also be made available.

  • What will be a part of Spirit of Discovery Park? SoDP began as mirror image of the ultra-accessible amusement park in San Antonio, adding an ice rink vs. a waterpark- due to Regional, climate differences. Through our continued growth, SoDP will be a fully accessible amusement park and greenhouse designed to ensure that EVERY body can participate in some of the wonderful fun that St. Louis has to offer, an “EPCOT of 40 years ago in the center of the United States.” -Tim Blank, President & Founder, Urban Farm Design Company.

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