This is officially the first summer that our little family can enjoy an amusement park. My third little girl is no longer a baby and it makes me both happy and sad. Now that she is aware of everything, she wants to be one of the big girls in the family. We decided to take advantage of checking out Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA to begin our summer family fun.
All About Dutch Wonderland
If you have never heard of Dutch Wonderland, then you are definitely missing out, especially if you have toddlers. It is a 43-acre family amusement park with over 35 rides including Duke’s Lagoon water play area, live entertainment along with games and food. There is also amazing camping accommodations at Old Mill Stream Campground which is perfect for out-of-town guests.
It so happened we had out-of-town guests from Malaysia visiting so we took advantage of making it an amazing day full of rides and shows with our families. We had plenty of adults to go around to make sure our little ones had something to enjoy. We immediately took the Wonderland Train which was ideal because we could see the whole park. I loved seeing the kids get so excited!
A Place for all Kids
If you look at the legend, the rides were labeled according to heights and paired with a gem. I simply loved the amount of rides for kids under 36 inches. My girls and my little nephew could get on so many rides together it was so precious! No one really felt left out. In fact, families could all ride all at once. While the park boasts to be a kid’s castle of rides, it really was great for the whole family.
We worked counter-clockwise because it happened but it ended up working well that way because we left the beginning rides that were water-related to the end. The day ended up being super ideal to enjoy the many rides.
After 2 hours of enjoying the park, we ended up going back to our cars and enjoying a picnic near the parking lot outside the park. While we could have enjoyed the many restaurant options at the park, we kept that for the dessert and snack options later in our day. Looks like we were not the only ones with the same idea!
We returned to the park to continue with Merlin’s Mayhem, Dutch Wonderland’s newest ride. It is their first suspended roller coaster that takes all riders on an enchanted journey to find Merlin’s beloved dragon friend, Mayhem. I was a bit hesitant to send my 5 1/2 and 6-year-old girls BUT they met the height requirement and they were SO excited.
Here’s a note to my readers who are moms. I take my husband to these parks because I get motion-sickness. Is that not crazy? I still want my girls to enjoy and experience. Granted, I did go on some kiddie rides with my children but even so, I am so sensitive. I digress.
My girls LOVED Merlin’s Mayhem so much that I think they went on it a total of 6 times. We visited the park in the middle of the week before school let out so there were no lines. What an ideal time! We’ll soon find out how it is during the weekends!
Water Park, Shows and More
Duke’s Lagoon is a water attraction at Dutch Wonderland that we did not get to enjoy this time around. It was much too cool for any water activities but the kids were content with enjoying the water ride Double Splash Flume and even being splashed by the entertainers at The Adventures of Frog Prince show. I have to say it was a VERY funny and entertaining show.
We definitely have more to discover. The park opened at 10am and we arrived at 11am and left at 5pm. We pretty much made a whole day out of the park, but we did not enjoy every show, ride or even shopping! We did manage to pick up a few Christmas ornaments because we love having memories of places we visit with our kids.
We even noticed there are character breakfasts that are held on Fridays and Saturdays. Can’t wait to check that out.
Summer Family Fun + Promo Code
Since we were able to enjoy this experience, Dutch Wonderland has been so kind to extend a promo code for all my readers to enjoy.
Admission prices at the gate are $44.99 for Royalty (ages 3-59), $33.99 for Senior Royalty (ages 60-69) and $31.99 for Senior Plus Royalty (ages 70 and over). Royalty-In-Training (ages 2 and under) are free.
If you order online, prices are $5 cheaper and if you use MY PROMO CODE, you save an additional $4.00 making the final price $35.99 for Royalty instead of $44.99.
Use this code ALL summer to save money and share with your friends. Click below to enter information as shown.
Thanks to Dutch Wonderland for allowing me to be a summer blogger to share with others the fun we could have with little ones. We loved it!!