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Wonderland Amusement Park, Amarillo

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.3/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
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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  • so i have lived here for 12 years and rarely get a chance to take any time off. however, as fortunes would have it. I got some time off and finally made it to Wonderland. I had a chance to look around...  read more »
  • We visited yesterday. A couple MAIN things that should be taken into consideration--- 1. The water in the rattlesnake is disgusting!!! It was dark brown almost black and had such a bad odor. (Problem ...  read more »
  • I have a two year old and my nephew is four. The boys had so much fun and it was fun for the adults, too! It was a little expensive, but for an evening out it was good :) 
  • We visited the park several weeks ago and it was an extremely disappointing experience. The price for a wristband is outrageous, considering the state of absolute ruin the park is in. Half of the rides were broken or broke down while we were there. A little unsettling and unfair. If you're going to charge through the nose for entrance to an amusement park, at least have your rides operational. Seriously. The worst part, like another reviewer mentioned, was the bathrooms. Taking my daughter in there was a nightmare. Everything was filthy and at least 30 years old. There was a single sink with no hot water and NO SOAP. Disgusting. What are you doing with the thousands of dollars you make every night, Wonderland? Putting it straight into your pockets? Because you sure aren't maintaining your stuff or showing appreciation to your customers. Wrong way to run a business!
  • For this being the only amusment park in Amarillo id exspect more from it exspecially with the prices being so high. The wait on the rides were not so bad, but either rides are broke down or broke with people riding them. The price for just a bottle of water is crazy ( $2.00) . Not to mention placing the smoking section in the kids ride area. I doubt I'll be back again.
  • Everything is dirty. The water is black on every ride and smells like sewage, one ride leaves you smelling rest of day. Went to bathroom by riptide, it looked like a bathroom from 1970 truck stop and had no soap, towels, & fecal matter/vomit in every stall. Got sick from sight/smell & decided to hold it. Then had to pay for small cup of water that had dirt grains in it. Every table was covered in crumbs & was told they cant provide towel or sanitize table. Fries were cold and greasy & was told there are no refunds, so they stuck them back in frier and left out half the order. Most rides were sticky and made it painful to sit on most seats, esp midday. Crew was generally unpleasant & standoffish. Price gauging at every turn, but the investment in the park is less than obvious. Advise to save 2 trips from here & go to Six Flags instead.
  • Despite having mostly outdated rides and admission being much higher than it probably should be for a small time amusement park, my family always has fun here. That's good enough for me. The food is somewhat reasonably priced, but usually cold by the time you get it.
  • Fun things to do with friends and family! A great way to spend the weekend if you are looking for outdoor entertainment. However, I agree with other reviewers...the facilities are quite dated and it is pricey.
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