As a child, did you dream of being a princess of a magic land? Or a brave knight or a magical wizard? Do your children dream of the same thing? Well, it’s time to let their dreams come true. There is a Kingdom for Kids located on Route 30 in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Dutch Wonderland is a family amusement park and perfect for children of all ages including adults. They opened their doors in 1963 and have been creating joy and smiles ever since. The park opened with 4 rides on 14 acres and has grown to 43 acres and over 30 rides including 3 roller coasters for all ages, featuring the newest suspended coaster for the 2018 season ‘Merlin’s Mayhem’. We’ve teamed up with the wonderful folks at Dutch Wonderland to offer discount Dutch Wonderland tickets to our amazing followers and everyone they want to share this with. Head over to https://www.dutchwonderland.com/blogreader and enter the promo code ‘summerblog18’. Don’t miss out on this amazing price to visit and experience the magic and fun.
We were lucky enough to obtain a sponsored visit to Dutch Wonderland to explore all the fun for ourselves. My youngest, Chase, is 4 and he woke up at 3am so excited that day asking if it was time to go to Dutch Wonderland. They were all excited. As you pull into the parking area, you have the choice to pay $15 for preferred parking right in front or $5 for general parking. The walk isn’t very far from the side parking lot but it depends on if you want to carry your exhausted child so I paid for the preferred parking. A 40 pound child gets very heavy after a while. Their entrance is a castle which will thrill any child and adults as well. You’ll walk over the moat, look out for the alligators near the bridge (you can throw money in the moat which gets donated to a difference organization every year) to keep them happy. They do a bag check as you cannot bring in any outside food or drinks unless it medically necessary. The staff is very friendly and helpful with any questions. As you walk through the castle aka the gift shop/Merlin’s restaurant, you’ll enter the courtyard where the ticket booths are. As you walk through the gate, be sure to grab a map to decide your path.
The Wonderland Special train is the first ride at the gates and I recommend riding it first as it takes you through most of the park. When you disembark, make sure to measure your child as the precious gems determine what rides they can ride. Chase loved looking for his gem on the ride signs, he measured as an amber gem.
The park is laid out in a great way to make sure you visit every ride, stop by all the delicious food stands, play a couple games and stop by the wonderful shows.
Dutch Wonderland offers rides for any age level from infant to adults. The kids ran from one ride to the next, laughing and have the time of their lives until we made it to Merlin’s Mayhem. They stood in awe watching the suspended roller coaster rise above the park. My daughter Emma was the first brave one to try it with me. Merlin greets you at the entrance explaining that he needs your help to find his dragon Mayhem. As you enter the ride, you wait behind doors until it’s your turn to board. You’ll feel like you’re flying high above the park once it takes off. It’s an amazing ride and I applaud Dutch Wonderland for building this ride. It fits perfect in their theme. Next time around, my two youngest sons decided to ride with me. Chase (4) loved it but said he didn’t want to ride it again and Riley (10) loved it and rode it two more times.
We ate lunch at Millstream Eatery which is located towards the back of the park by the bumper cars. The food is delicious, they offer something from everyone include people with gluten allergies or vegetarians or vegans. We bought a souvenir cup for $10 that allowed us to get refills throughout the park for only 99 cents. This is the best deal for drinks. If you’re looking for a great snack, grab a pretzel at the Auntie Anne’s stand or ice cream at Dippin Dots or Dole Whip Junction or even Italian ice. You won’t leave the park hungry.
After riding a lot of rides and stuffing our faces full of great food, it was time to relax and head over to Duke’s Lagoon; Dutch Wonderland’s water area. They offer two water slides Pipeline Plunge, you’ll ride a raft down one of two tunnels which one is blacked out and better for older children and adults. Their splash area is full of towers to climb and spray water cannons and smaller water slides for all ages. It’s the perfect was to cool down and relax after eating. You can always rent a cabana for the day but this must be done ahead of time as they book quickly.
Throughout the day, make sure to take in one of the shows. We decided to watch the diving show ‘Adventures of the Frog Prince’. Beware, you will get splashed if you sit in the first couple rows. Their fairy storytelling and amazing dives will keep you entertained. Dutch Wonderland offers 9 different shows at different times so no worry if you miss one. Also the wonderful characters walk through the park to greet guests and take pictures. You’ll meet Princess Brooke, Duke the Dragon, Knight Brandon of Safety and Merlin the wizard. They love giving hugs and high fives and your child will walk away in amazement that they met a real dragon or princess.
Dutch Wonderland fulfilled our expectations, in fact they blew them right out of the water. This amusement park is the perfect way to spend any summer day, or any day in that matter. They offer a fall season called Happy Hauntings and a winter season called Winter Wonderland. So you can experience the fun throughout the entire year.
Don’t miss out on the fun and laughs, pack your family up and head to Dutch Wonderland. Your child’s smiles will be all the thanks you need. And thank you, Dutch Wonderland, for helping us to experience one of the best days we’ve had all year so far.
You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as Dutch Wonderland or at their website at http://www.dutchwonderland.com. And please take advantage of the discount tickets at the link above.
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