I am a member of 'Moms Connect' at US Family Guide.com and from time to time we get the opportunity to experience parks and activities in our areas. This was the case for my family this week when we were given tickets to experience Dutch Wonderland for the day! With over 30 fun-filled rides, Duke’s Lagoon water play area, and live entertainment, Dutch Wonderland is the place “Where Kids RULE!” The park is designed for families with young children in mind and offers a host of fun things to see and do. Since opening in May 20, 1963,Dutch Wonderland has consistently been recognized as a premier family amusement park and has been voted as one of the “Top 5 Best Kid’s Parks in the World” by Amusement Today magazine. Learn about our experience and how this is A KINGDOM FOR KIDS!
The first ride we rode upon entering the kingdom was the merry go round. My girls got to ride their own horses. In case you were wondering the white one is named 'buttercup' and my horse was named 'pepper'.
We have a habit of naming the horses when we ride on the merry go round.
As you can see I can't keep my phone out of my hands!
Check out the video I was taking HERE on Instagram. While you are there go ahead and follow me so you can keep up on all of our penny pinching antics!
It was almost noon as we passed Aqua Stadium. It was time for The Frog Prince Diving show!!! The Frog Prince is a theatrical high dive show in Aqua Stadium encompassing all the magic, mystery, costuming, set design and special effects of a fairytale, plus world class diving. It is pretty cool. We did our best to sit in the 'splash zone'. And trust me, you DO get wet in the splash zone.
This is an interactive show.
They even give you hints on how to contribute!
It is a funny show.
Each of the characters is engaging, silly and daring in their diving!
It kept the attention of my 9 & 6 year olds for the entire show.
The Prince and Princess....getting ready for their dive together!
Here they go!
I wonder if their mothers know how close they get to the edge of the pool. It made me hold my breath!
One shot I was not able to get was the super, duper, ooper, shmooper, high dive! It was taller than the Sky Ride. There is NO WAY I could climb that high.
Here is the princess and the frog with my two princesses. Such a friendly cast that engaged with everyone after the performance. For a little video that I took on Instagram visit THIS link.
This ride was perfect for my 3 year old. He could easily maneuver the little carts back and forth, navigate the obstacles.
He and my husband spent some time at this ride while the girls and I did the double splash flume. The wiggle racers were great for him because there was no time limit, he could stay as long as he wanted, there were kids his age and smaller and he could be 'in control' of something.
P.S. They sell the little scooters in the park if you HAVE to take one home!
The map was little but readable. It wasn't a huge fold out paper that was impossible to fold up again and just got in the way. It could have easily tucked in a pocket but we kept it in the cup holder of our stroller.
Dutch Wonderland does not permit food or drink to be brought into the park. Guests choosing to bring along their own food are welcome to use the Family Picnic Pavilion located behind the Monorail Station in the parking lot. Seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Restrooms are located under the Monorail Station.
We opted for a picnic lunch.
For us, it was nice to take a step outside the park and just sit in the shade.
I did bring a tablecloth because I wasn't sure the condition of the tables. But that is just me being me. The tables were actually in great condition but I am a little queazy about bird doo-doo so I brought a table cloth just in case.
For my train enthusiast this was the perfect ride! His arms were finally long enough that he could turn the crank to propel himself forward on the track!
My mom was telling me she rode on trains similar to this when she was a child. I love that there are no flashing lights, no hydraulics, no loud music and you can go at your own pace.
A parent can follow behind the child and is given a 'push stick' to help them if needed. Check out my Instagram video of him on this ride.
Here is my 6 year old on the Choo Choo Charlie ride. This girl ROCKED the train. Be aware that you can be TOO BIG to ride this ride. This is great for those little kids who are always being told 'you are too small'. Big brother, or sister, who is over 48" is too tall to ride! Yeah for being little!!
AAAAAND another photo of him on a train.... Can I tell you I think he rode this 8 times in a row. Get off the train, get in line, get on the train, repeat.
This one made me want to throw up after I got off. It was a lot of fun while I was on it. But I think it is a sign that I am getting old that I can't hold my lunch after spinning around and around. Ugh. My head spins just thinking about this ride. The kids on the other hand wanted to get right back on. More power to them! Whew!
There’s something for everyone when it comes to rides and attractions! Just measure your precious gems to determine what ride height category they fit into, then look for that gem symbol to easily distinguish which rides are for you! Make sure to pay attention to the additional ride restrictions listed and ask an attendant if you need help or have questions.
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In addition to the park Dutch Wonderland offers Duke's Lagoon. This is a wonderful penny pinching value! Two parks for one price!
It's an oasis of summer water fun for kids. Plus a seating area for parents and grandparents! The tropical island themed attraction includes water-spilling coconuts, spectacular water geysers, and bubblers.
Duke's Lagoon features a multi-level waterplay platform, kid-sized slides, a variety of spray nozzles, jets, tipping cones, and a large tipping bucket. The new area also includes a lounge area in keeping with the tropical paradise theme of Duke's Lagoon, which includes palm trees, thatched umbrella shaded areas and plenty of seating.
Duke's Lagoon open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
While in the Duke's Lagoon water attraction area, swimsuits may be worn, but after completion of this attraction we ask that you change into more appropriate attire for the Park (e.g. shorts, shirt). Also swim diapers are required on infants and toddlers. I suggest wearing flip flops or water shoes but that is just me being me.
If you were looking for a 'home base' or a spot that was out of the way of the excitement a cabana rental might be for you. I could see this an an option for families who have little kids that may need to take a nap or have a grandparent who just wants to enjoy the sun with a bit of shade instead of the wild fun of Duke's Lagoon.
So much water fun to be had!
Try not to get wet when this dumps on your head!
There are guards to monitor the lines at the slides. They do their best to keep kids from butting in line. The definitely make sure the slide is clear before the next child slides down.
Even the 9 year old loved the little slide.
There is a smaller splash park for the little bitty kids.
Small slides, squirters and splash zone for even the littlest guest. So much fun for every age group!
If you have a slushy fan in your ouse GET THE REFILLABLE CUP. Use it all day and all season.
Here is a shot of the menu at Sharky's Grill. I think the prices are comparable to other theme park...even a bit lower in some cases.
My big penny pinching tip is to BUY THE REFILLABLE CUP. This is different from the slushy cup. It is for soda or Turkey Hill Tea (yummy!) and refills are only .99! Take it with you while in Duke's Lagoon or in the rest of the park. Keep it and bring it back when you visit later in the season.
For my Disney friends who need their Dole Whip fix... Dutch Wonderland has you covered! This is the first I have seen a Dole Whip outside of Disney Parks....There might be more but I have not come across them.... I was so happy!!!!
Tucked next to the snack bar is The Plunge. A twisting, turning, splashing tube slide. Be aware that you MUST wear shoes of some sort.
Either flip flops or water shoes.
The guards WILL send you back down the steps with out them.
I have seen them do it.
My girls reached the combined weight of 90 lbs so they got to go down together.
You could HEAR the squealing and yelling before they exited the tube.
It was such JOY for them!
My son on the other hand.... not so much.
But I had fun!
After a few hours at Duke's Lagoon we headed back to the park part of Dutch Wonderland.
My 9 year old was JUST tall enough to ride the cars by herself.
Look out world!
She is a wild one!
There are 2 roller coasters in Dutch Wonderland. The 6 year old rode the 'smaller' one with me once and then was on her own after that! She kept her hands up the entire time, got off and then right back on.
PLUS My Readers Save up to $20 off royalty admission with this coupon from Pennsylvania Kids Guide.com.
Have you been to Dutch Wonderland? What is your favorite part? What is your best penny pinching tip?