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Wonderland Amusement Park, Amarillo

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For more than 60 years, Amarillo’s own Wonderland Amusement Park has served up chills, thrills and spills for families throughout the Tri-State region.

Located in Thompson Park, Wonderland opened its doors in 1951 as Kiddie Land. At that time, the Park only had three rides; the boat ride, the Lil’ Dipper roller coaster and a kiddie car ride. Despite its small size, Kiddie Land was a huge hit!

Every year since, new and exciting rides have been added to the Park, making Wonderland the third largest amusement park in Texas with 29 fun-filled rides, including the world famous Texas Tornado.

This double loop, steel coaster attracts roller coaster enthusiasts from around the world!

Wonderland also boasts the 12 passenger Shoot the Chute, which is the first of its kind in the United States, the Drop of Fear, the Himalaya and the Texas Intimidator. Of course, Kiddie Land has remained a favorite among the little ones with the Frog Hopper, Merry-Go-Round and Train.

Every year, more than 200,000 people visit Wonderland Park either for a family outing or company event. Wonderland also plays host to birthday parties and anniversary celebrations. It’s the perfect place to bring family, friends and employees for some fun and excitement!

Wonderland Park was the vision of Paul and Aletha Rhodes. This dynamic couple turned an empty piece of land in North Amarillo into a premiere family destination. Today, their daughter, Paula, and her husband, Paul Borchardt run the park. The Borchardt’s daughter, Rebecca Parker, is the Park’s controller and the heir apparent. Although the younger generations have taken over the helm, Aletha Rhodes, who is now 96 years old, still works at the Park most days and was recently spotted making hot dogs for visiting kids.
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  • My family & I came here on a Saturday - kids were 11,14,17. We had an absolute blast here. No big lines, plenty to do. Lots of rides for littler kids too. Loved the bumper cars!  more »
  • I love this little gem in less than an hour away from home. It has rides for everyone and doesn't cost an arm and leg to have fun. My favorite is the water rides but my kids love the mouse trap and Te...  more »
  • Had a great time here, for about 1.5 hours. As a very experienced amusement park visitor I really enjoy the older private parks. Being landlocked there is not much natural beauty here, but the park wa...  more »
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  • Had a great time! All 4 kids really enjoyed themselves. Small amusement park, but plenty to do for a full day for kids of all ages. Reasonably priced admission & food/drinks. I also like how they stay open later. The arcades need a major upgrade though. The machines kept taking our coins, so we had to keep telling the staff, which takes everyone's time and the kids started getting bored & frustrated with the games because they kept malfunctioning. They also need MUCH better prizes & variety for the tickets. The arcade is our only real complaint. Sierra (hope I'm spelling her name correctly) who helped us with the issues in the arcade was very helpful & compensated us for our time and coins. It'd drive me nuts to have to deal with those machines- one after another not working- but she handled it very well.
  • Great flaked ice and is the only positive I can say. Open for 3 hours but takes half hour just to get in. Must buy a wow card to purchase anything but don't put too much money on it because they will not give you back cash even if u visit for one day and are going home which is 3 hours away. No one of real age works there but kids and grandmas. One of the waterrides actually had an outlet arc due to the water ( watched it happen) while my husband and daughter were on the ride. The staff of teens began to panic and had to get everyone off. Saw the inspection sticker at another ride was out of date by 4 months. The horror ride we paid 16 dollars to ride was an absolute joke. My kids have scared my husband worse just goofing around. Food and drinks are ridiculously overprice. 4 dollars for some great flaked ice and Dr pepper but forget about a lid and straw. They don't have those. Heavens forbid the wind is blowing (because the wind never blows in west texas) you will end up with who knows what in your drink. So I would say 60 bucks entrance 10 food and drink. 30 lost to nonrefundable(which is not stated anywhere as I never would have placed as much had I known) wow card for 2 hours and a handful of rides. I just cannot justify 100 bucks for some great flaked ice.
  • Came to wonderland w a 3 year old. We tried to put him on the carousel and the lady wouldn't even let her in to put him on a horse unless she paid. So not sure if we will return or just sell the extra passes we purchased.....
  • Was fun but really seems like some of the older rides have lost most of there fun, no sprinklers or water bombs on the rattle snake river, scrambler doesn't go in reverse any more, Himalaya is not even the length of a full song any more, the train is down. Still had a lot of fun but it just wasn't like it used to be
  • Had a lot of fun. Family friendly enviroment. Pricing on items weren't outrageous.

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Homestyle and boutique bed and breakfasts offer Texas hospitality near the downtown area. Chain hotels downtown fill up fast in the weeks prior to the rodeo, so book early to secure your desired room. Some of these hotels offer luxury suites and extra services, such as spas. Another popular option is camping in the desert to get a taste of the cowboy life.
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