“It’s the hap- happiest place…” in Pennsylvania! We ventured to Lancaster, PA last weekend for a night away. Trying to get away from the grind, from the stress, from the same old, same old. After reading about Lancaster, PA and hearing friends tell me about Dutch Wonderland, we felt we needed to give it a shot. And what better way to spend a beautiful fall weekend?
We stayed at the Willow Valley Resort, which offered great amenities that we did not get to take full advantage of. We did get to partake in the indoor water park for the kids, but I forgot my camera. You’ll have to use your imagination. Our room overlooked the indoor atrium, so we got to see one wedding reception finish up and then another one from start to finish. Mason was entranced by the festivities. Here I was nervous that we wouldn’t know how to keep the kids occupied in a small hotel room, but we lucked out.
Mason learned about the "wedding party."
No hotel visit is complete without a ride on the luggage cart.
After a decent night of sleep (and a Miami victory over Oklahoma!), we headed to the resort’s bakery for donuts. Then out to the duck pond, the playground, and strolled past the corn maze and farm. It is a huge place, and we will definitely have to go back with more time on our hands.
Then off to Dutch Wonderland
! We had tried to explain it to Mason in relation to Disneyworld but were scared she’d get her hopes up and be disappointed. We just said it was a place with rides, a train, a carousel, etc. Tried to keep it low key. It worked – she was thoroughly impressed and not disappointed in the least. Well, she did get to meet a princess, so it couldn’t be too bad, right?
Our knight in shining armor and our beautiful princess.
The weather was perfect, the kids were excited, we had Meema as an extra hand… What more could we ask for? There were maybe 3 rides Mason was not tall enough for, but otherwise, we did the majority of the park. Train rides, monorail, boat rides, roller coasters, tilt-a-whirl, giant fun slide races… the list could go on.
Cooper's first ride. We had to ease him into it.
But he got into it quickly. Mason was a pro from the beginning starting her day on a super fast roller coaster!
After a Thomas the Train show, more rides, lunch, mining for gems, and giant slide races, we got some ice cream and perused the gift shop before heading home. The kids slept almost the entire 2-hour drive home. A great day for memories. We had a “Dutch Wonderful” day!