Dutch Wonderland
Dutch Wonderland
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Slogan "A Kingdom for Kids"
Location Lancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates 40°01?40?N 76°13?06?W / 40.027697°N 76.218443°W / 40.027697; -76.218443Coordinates: 40°01?40?N 76°13?06?W / 40.027697°N 76.218443°W / 40.027697; -76.218443
Owner Palace Entertainment
Opened 1963
Area 48 acres
Rides
Total 32 (34 if you count the "Dino Dig and "The Prehistoric Path")
Roller coasters 3
Water rides 1 (Plus 2 Boat Based Rides)
Website http://www.dutchwonderland.com/
Dutch Wonderland Entrance

Dutch Wonderland is a 48-acre (19 ha) amusement park just east of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in West Lampeter Township, appealing primarily to families with small children. The park's theme is a "Kingdom for Kids." The entrance to the park has a stone imitation castle façade, which was built by Earl Clark, a potato farmer, before he opened the park in 1963.

The Clark family sold Dutch Wonderland in 2001 to Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. They also operate Wonderland Mini-Golf, and Old Mill Stream Campground at the same location and the Gift Shop at Kitchen Kettle Village, in nearby Intercourse, Pennsylvania.

On November 12, 2010, Hershey Entertainment announced that they sold Dutch Wonderland to Palace Entertainment.

Today, the park has 32 rides, plus a tropical-themed interactive water play area called Duke's Lagoon. The park also has an extended season, open for "Happy Hauntings" and "Dutch Winter Wonderland" events for Halloween and Christmas.

The park is part of a larger area in Lancaster zoned for entertainment, dining, lodging, and conferences.

Attractions

Dutch Wonderland features 32 rides, a water park called Duke's Lagoon (named for a purple dragon costumed character), along with shows and games for children. In addition to Duke the Dragon, the park also features costumed characters Princess Brooke, and the Knight.

A five-acre island at the back of the park, "Exploration Island", includes a Prehistoric Path featuring more than 15 animatronic dinosaurs. The island is viewable from the riverboat.[1]

Current roller coasters

Dutch Wonderland has three operating rollercoasters.

Ride Opened Description
Merlin's Mayhem
2017
A steel suspended rollercoaster, manufactured by S&S Worldwide. It will pass over the Skyride and stands on the land the Turnpike once stood.
1992
A wooden rollercoaster, the first coaster ever built by Custom Coasters International. Uses a single Philadelphia Toboggan Company train with buzz bars. The park's monorail runs through the structure of the ride. The ride was once painted white, and is currently painted blue. It was named the Sky Princess until the 2007 season.
Joust
1998
A steel "Big Dipper" style rollercoaster, manufactured by Chance Rides. It sits where the Flying Trapeeze once stood, in front of the Kingdom Coaster. Chance's prototype Big Dipper Coaster.

Other Attractions

Kingdom Coaster and Log Flume
  • Astroliner - an older space simulator that was added to the park in 1978, built by Wisdom Manufacturing
  • Bumper Cars - a classic Lusse bumper car ride
  • Monorail - visible from outside the park
  • Dragon's Lair - a one-of-a-kind[clarification needed] boat ride, visible from outside the park
  • Duke's Dozers - a kiddie ride where children ride in bulldozers, moved from Hersheypark where it was called Earthmovers
  • Dutch Wonder House - a rare "haunted swing" ride, where the entire house revolves around the riders, described in a newspaper article as "an extremely disorienting effect" [2]
  • Dutch Wonderland Special- a 2 ft narrow gauge railroad featuring a locomotive named C.P. Huntington built by Chance Rides.
  • Double Splash Flume - a double drop log flume (the lower drop at the beginning of the ride, the higher drop at the end) with a mist tunnel.
  • Wiggle Racers - A ride appealing to small children[] where self-propelled scooters race around a track that includes a maze and a cave. This ride replaced the miniature train display which had replaced the indoor miniature circus display. The Wiggle Racers were then moved to a spot closer to the stream in the back of the park, and Huck Finn's Leapin' Frogs now reside in the footprint of the old miniature circus building.[3]
  • Sky Ride - a station-to-station Universal Design Ltd. sky ride [4]
  • Space Shuttle - a swinging ship ride
  • VR Voyager - a modern motion simulator
  • Wonder Whip - a kiddie whip ride moved from Hersheypark, formerly called Wells Cargo
  • Turtle Whirl - classic tilt-a-whirl ride with a turtle theme purchased from Clementon Lake Park
  • The Twister - a family ride moved from Hersheypark (1978-2008)

Removed rides

  • Whale Boats - One of the original rides for the park. It was replaced by the Swan boats. There is one of the Whales currently beside Crazy Plane.
  • Old 99 - a train ride that went around a track by itself (1974-2002). The ride was replaced with a theatre.
  • Swan train ride - Only existed for a few years before being replaced with the log boats that are currently in the park. There is also one of the Swans currently beside the Crazy Plane.
  • Original Iron Horse Train - replaced in 1970s for CP Huntington #123. CP Huntington #206 was added in 1984.
  • Giant Slide - Replaced with two portable slides.
  • Ripcord - Replaced with a Zamperla Kite Flyer.
  • Sky Princess - A wooden roller coaster closed and refurbished to be "Kingdom Coaster".

Shows

  • Bubba Bear and the Badlands Band - a Sally-produced theater show
  • The Adventures of the Frog Prince - a high-dive show
  • A Dragon's Tale - a high-dive show
  • Storytime Corner- Princess of Dutch Wonderland and the Dutch Wonderland Knight read stories to children
  • Garfield The Great & Friends- A magic show based on the Garfield franchise.

See also

References

  1. ^ Lauer-Williams, Kathy (17 April 2014). "Lancaster's Dutch Wonderland to add animatronic dinosaurs". The Morning Call. Allentown PA. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ Stammel, Rick (2013-06-21). "Dutch Wonderland's 50th Anniversary". The Morning Call. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ {{cite web |url=http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/mc-pictures-dutch-wonderland-through-the-years-009,0,2242128.photo |title=Dutch Wonderland through the years |website=The Morning Call |date=2012-06-16 |accessdate=2015-07-14}}
  4. ^ Dennison, Austen (April 20, 2015). Images of Modern America -- Dutch Wonderland. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 27. ISBN 9781467122856. 

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