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Wonderland Amusement Park, Amarillo

(3.3/5 based on 100 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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TripAdvisor
  • This is a great place for anyone who has little kids or wants to drop a teenager off for the day. The rides cannot, and do not try to, come close to even the level of Six Flags. I have great memories ...  more »
  • We have been here many times over the years, and it is a must ever time grandkids come to visit. The roller coasters range from small to large. Some rides for older adults. Fun concessions, and sectio...  more »
  • I took my grandchildren here and they enjoyed it. As for me not so much because I like rides like Straight Shot in California, but the kids had fun and that made me enjoy Wonderland.  more »
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  • 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.
  • We'd is out of date!!!!!!!! The web and Google says open but there sing says closed for the sesen. I came from 5 hers out. :(
  • 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.
  • 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.