My family and I had the pleasure of being invited to attend Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland! We have never been to this theme park, so it was fun to go during the holiday season for our first trip. Their Winter Wonderland includes over 20 rides, tons of lights and decorations, holiday shopping in their gift shop and stands, and of course, Santa Clause!
When we arrived, we waited on a short line to enter the park. While on line for their grand opening day event, Toys For Tots was there collecting gifts and donations. My husband and daughter gave a donation & my daughter thanked the gentleman for his service. After we entered, we first headed to the guest services area. There I asked for the handicap accessible wristband that they offer. This band allows the disabled guest and up to 3 other people to enter the rides through the exit or an alternate entrance. This really helps with my son, because sometimes long lines and big crowds can be too overstimulating to him and he goes into a full meltdown. During my visit I didn’t have to worry about that with the wristband.
After we got our wristband, we headed straight in to the park, ready to have some holiday fun! When we first entered, my kids were both super excited to see all the pretty decorations. We grabbed a map and headed out to ride a few rides. My son loved Choo Choo Charlie peddle trains and Duke’s Dozers the most. You can see a list of their rides and height requirements here.
After a few rides, we decided to explore the Prehistoric Path. My daughter is such a huge dinosaur lover, so having a whole path with over 20 lifelike dinosaurs was something we just had to do! She had such a blast seeing all the dinosaurs dressed up in their best holiday attire and we even had some learning fun as we stopped to read some great facts about each dinosaur on display.
Once we were done roaming with some holiday dinos, we decided it was time to stop and eat. It had begun to rain, so we headed to the front of the park to eat at their buffet, Merlin’s Buffet. The park offers several other dining options throughout the park. We plan to try some of the other places next trip. Here is a list of dining options on their website.
After dinner, we went back outside to do a few more rides. It had started to hail, so we decided to ride the Wonderland Special Train. We were covered, so it was a great ride in the hailing weather. We had so much fun riding the train around the park, being able to see all the beautiful lights and decorations as we rode, that we went on twice!
We than headed in to say hello to Santa! Santa was great with my son, who didn’t want to sit and only wanted to play with the surrounding decorations. Santa also took time to ask my daughter what she wanted and talk about how good she has been. He was excellent with the kids!
We ended our night at Dutch Wonderland with a trip inside their big gift shop. As you exit the park, you walk through the shop. They had bathrooms inside, which were great to make a last trip before you head home. They had so many toys and other items, I couldn’t believe how much they had. We spent almost an hour there, looking at all the fun items and trying to decide what each kid wanted!
If you are looking for some place fun to visit this holiday season, I would definitely recommend taking a trip to Lancaster, PA, to visit Dutch Wonderland’s Winter Wonderland. They are open select weekends and weekdays from November 19-December 30th. To check available dates and times, just head to their website here.
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Thanks so much for having us, Dutch Wonderland! We can’t wait to visit again soon.
**I was given tickets for my family and I to visit, in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed in this post are fully my own and in no way influenced by Dutch Wonderland.**