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Dutch Wonderland Celebrates 50 years of Family Fun

A Kingdom for Kids! Turns 50 and Celebrates with a Bang!

Family enjoying scenery in a boat on a river

Lancaster, PA -- Dutch Wonderland will celebrate five decades of bringing families together in 2013. While the Park will be celebrating this milestone all year long, June 1 is designated as the special day where guests will enjoy a fireworks display at Park close, as well as some additional surprises.

Dutch Wonderland officially opened on May 20, 1963 on just 14 acres and four rides: The Wonderland Express Train, Lady Gay Riverboat, The Turnpike featuring Antique Cars, and the Whale Boats. All of these rides are still operational in some form at Dutch Wonderland today. Founder, Earl Clark had virtually no experience in the amusement park industry, just a dream of creating a place where families with small children could play together. That dream has since grown into the Dutch Wonderland that exists today; a recognized and celebrated children’s amusement park with over 30 rides on 43 acres including Duke’s Lagoon Water Play Area.

“We are very proud to be celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year and look forward to welcoming generations of guests back to Dutch Wonderland” said Rick Stammel, General Manager. “Dutch Wonderland is such a special place and it’s meant so much to so many people over these five decades. We are so proud to have remained true to Mr. Clark’s vision and aim to continue to live up to our moniker, A Kingdom for Kids!”

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Dutch Wonderland is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks. Palace Entertainment owns and operates theme parks including Kennywood in Pittsburgh, water parks such as Splish Splash in Long Island and family entertainment centers nationwide. The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the United States. For more information, visit