Dutch Wonderland

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Dutch Wonderland
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Slogan"A Kingdom for Kids"
LocationLancaster, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates40°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
OwnerPalace Entertainment
OpenedMay 20, 1963
Area48 acres
Rides
Total32 (34 if you count the "Dino Dig and "The Prehistoric Path")
Roller coasters3
Water rides1 (Plus 2 Boat Based Rides)
Websitehttp://www.dutchwonderland.com/
Dutch Wonderland Entrance

Dutch Wonderland is a 48-acre (19 ha) amusement park just east of Lancaster, Pennsylvania in East 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[edit]

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[edit]

Dutch Wonderland has three rollercoasters.

Ride Opened Description
Merlin's Mayhem
2018
A steel suspended rollercoaster, manufactured by S&S Worldwide. It will pass over the Skyride and stands on the land the Turnpike once stood.
Kingdom Coaster
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[edit]

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[citation needed] 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[edit]

  • Wally the Whale Boats - (1963–1967) One of the original rides for the park. It was replaced by the Swan boats. There is one of the Whales currently beside Balloon Chase.[5]
  • Swan train ride - (1965–1967) The "Gliding Swans" was a ride that drove through the path of the park, it only lasted for three seasons until it was removed due to increased foot traffic. [6]
  • Swan Boats - (1968–1974) A swan paddle boat ride that was replaced by log boats (Now "Dragon's Lair"). One of the swans are also currently beside Balloon Chase. [5]
  • Original Iron Horse Train - (1963–1985) In 1974 the park added a second train CP Huntington #123 which ran with the Iron Horse train. The Iron Horse train was removed after 1985 and replaced with CP Huntington #206 which was added in 1986. [7]
  • Old 99 - (1974–2002) A electric train ride that went around a track by itself made by Chance Rides. The ride was eventually replaced with a theater.[8]
  • Giant Slide - (1968–2007) Replaced with two portable slides.
  • Ripcord - (1990–2010) A parachute ride made by Venture Manufacturing, it was replaced with a Zamperla Kite Flyer.
  • Ferris Windmill - (1981–2012) A kiddie Ferris wheel ride with a windmill theme, built by International amusements, the ride was removed for Exploration Island. [9]
  • Crazy Plane - (1994–2014) A Crazy Plane prototype made by Zamperla, the ride was removed after the 2014 season and was replaced by Bon Voyage Balloon Chase. [10]
  • Silo slide - (1963–2015) A slide that went down the exterior of a silo, its final year was 2015, the silo still stands today without the slide pieces.
  • Lady Gay Riverboat - (1963–2016) An original ride from the park, it was modified many times since it opened, the ride and the dock were removed due to maintenance upkeep. [11]
  • Tug Boat - (1967–2016) A similar boat ride that came after the Lady Gay, the Tug Boat and Lady Gay would switch which boat was being used from time to time, until they both were ceased from operation from the park.[12]

Shows[edit]

  • 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

Previous Shows[edit]

  • Garfield The Great & Friends- A magic show based on the Garfield franchise.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lauer-Williams, Kathy (17 April 2014). "Lancaster's Dutch Wonderland to add animatronic dinosaurs". The Morning Call. Allentown PA. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  2. ^ Stammel, Rick (21 June 2013). "Dutch Wonderland's 50th Anniversary". The Morning Call. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Dutch Wonderland through the years". The Morning Call. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ Dennison, Austen (April 20, 2015). Images of Modern America — Dutch Wonderland. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 27. ISBN 9781467122856.
  5. ^ a b Dennison, Austen (April 20, 2015). Images of Modern America — Dutch Wonderland. Mount Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 29. ISBN 9781467122856.
  6. ^ Austen., Dennison, (2015). Dutch wonderland. [Charleston, South Carolina]: Arcadia Pub. p. 21. ISBN 1467122858. OCLC 898419667.
  7. ^ Austen., Dennison, (2015). Dutch wonderland. [Charleston, South Carolina]: Arcadia Pub. p. 58. ISBN 1467122858. OCLC 898419667.
  8. ^ Austen., Dennison, (2015). Dutch wonderland. [Charleston, South Carolina]: Arcadia Pub. p. 38. ISBN 1467122858. OCLC 898419667.
  9. ^ Austen., Dennison, (2015). Dutch wonderland. [Charleston, South Carolina]: Arcadia Pub. p. 54. ISBN 1467122858. OCLC 898419667.
  10. ^ Austen., Dennison, (2015). Dutch wonderland. [Charleston, South Carolina]: Arcadia Pub. p. 66. ISBN 1467122858. OCLC 898419667.
  11. ^ Austen., Dennison, (2015). Dutch wonderland. [Charleston, South Carolina]: Arcadia Pub. p. 13. ISBN 1467122858. OCLC 898419667.
  12. ^ Austen., Dennison, (2015). Dutch wonderland. [Charleston, South Carolina]: Arcadia Pub. p. 28. ISBN 1467122858. OCLC 898419667.

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