After a fun preview of Dutch Wonderland on Sunday evening, we dedicated all of Monday to visiting the park. Our first priority was to hit the water section of the park, which includes one raft/slide ride and a large sprayground. The kids (and adults) thoroughly enjoyed both parts. J especially enjoyed the sprayground, specifically turning the wheel that triggered a deluge of water on some unsuspecting victim.
After water time, we hit Merlin's Restaurant for lunch. While the food was good, the service was downright impressive. Every request we made was met with a "sure, no problem." I know I shouldn't be shocked by this, but it was nice none the less.
After lunch we walked the park hitting rides and attractions we hadn't seen the night before. We watched a diving show which everyone enjoyed, took the train and monorail and hit the Merry-Go-Round a few times. J loved driving the remote controlled boats, the bumper cars, the log flume and the Silo Slide (a slide wrapped around a simulated farm silo). By 4pm we were all pretty wiped and called it a day.
Overall, Dutch Wonderland was a hit for the kids. It definitely feels a bit Old School when compared to Disney. But the smaller park size really works for the 3~5 year old age group. Essentially, everything in the park seems targeted to this age group. Older kids will find stuff to go on, but by 8 or 9 years old, they seem outside the target demographic.
After the park we found our way to Noodle King in Downtown Lancaster for dinner. J insisted on eating his Pho with chopsticks, which was amusing but at times a little on the slow side. What, with consuming one noodle at a time and all. But he was a good sport and even though this wasn't exactly the pasta he was used to, he ate up.