We received complimentary tickets for our Dutch Wonderland visit.
We love visiting Dutch Wonderland because it really is the perfect amusement park for the little kids. We started taking the boys when they were each right around a year old and it's always a favorite for us. Located in Lancaster, PA, it's also the closest amusement park to our house. My sister's family was up visiting from Kentucky and we were excited to make this a big family trip with both of our families and my mom.
The morning of our Dutch Wonderland trip this summer looked beautiful, but the forecast said there was a pretty good chance of rain in the afternoon. We took the chance and hit the road to squeeze in as much fun as we could before the potential rain.
The great part about going on a potential rain day is that the park may be less crowded as many people bail on their plans if rain is in the forecast! We enjoyed plenty of rides before the rain ever started!
It started raining for a bit when we were riding Dragon's Lair, but we hit rode the train and then hit Mill Stream Eatery for lunch.
The rain stopped after 20 minutes or so. A lot of people started leaving the park during that first little burst of rain, which cleared the park out for us to ride even more rides!
We squeezed in another two hours of fun before the rain started again.
When raining, Dutch Wonderland will keep rides open so long as it is safe to do so. The covered rides will stay open longer than those without. We did have to “evacuate the island” (Exploration Island, that is).
It really started pouring when we were riding the bumper cars (which of course, are under cover). The attendant let us just keep riding and riding. Seriously, that was the most fun I've had at a park in quite awhile. All of the grown-ups had a blast! There were about three other families that were there with us just trying to ride out the downpour.
After a few rounds of the bumper cars, Owen got off and ran around in the rain like crazy. I love that he just had fun and enjoyed the moment.
The thing is – Dutch Wonderland has a rain guarantee! If it rains for more than one consecutive hour during your Dutch Wonderland visit and you decide to leave the park, you can stop by Guest Services on your way out and present your ticket stub.
In order to receive a rain ticket, you'll need your original ticket stub. They'll give you a single-day admission ticket that is valid through the end of the year. That means you could come back another day during the summer season or hold onto it for a visit during Happy Hauntings or Dutch Winter Wonderland.
If your debating on heading to Dutch Wonderland on a cloudy day that has some rain in the forecast, make the trip! It's totally worth it, especially with their rain guarantee!