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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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  • Wonderland has such a fantastic history - if you're from Amarillo - then you grew up on this place and you know how much fun it was when you were a kid! It's absolutely amazing how long and his well t...  more »
  • It's was very fun. There's rides for everyone there an there Big Guy Friendly.. I'm not a small person but I was able to get on the rides..  more »
  • This place tries hard. Nice enough for the once year school night visit. It is clean with decent food choices. There do not seem to be as many employees around as in the past.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • I grew up going to wonderland and am always excited to take my kids, but this years visit just now seemed ehhh. The rides seemed poorly maintained. Park was clean but nearly empty, it was a little disappointing.
  • Wonderland is really fun, the park just needs a new coat of paint. Great way to spend a Saturday. Would recommend.