Close your eyes. Think back to those times as a child when you were able to go to the amusement park. If you were anything like Andrew and I, it didn’t happen often – we were lucky if it occurred once a year. Now, think about the feeling you had when you got onto that first roller coaster or first ride every time. There was something magical about the feeling that you got. Excitement. A little nauseousness. Fast pounding heart. Cheeks hurt from smiling so much. It’s something, as a child, that we yearned for all the time.
Now as an adult, I yearn for being able to experience it from my child’s viewpoint. Watching their excitement is a remarkable gift that we’ve been given as parents. We were recently invited to Dorney Park and I couldn’t wait to get there to get on rides with Skibbles, our toddler. I was also excited about taking our 11 month old daughter because it would be the first chance that she’s ever had to ride on any rides.
As soon as we got inside the park, we were greeted by Charlie Brown himself. Skibbles has never met Charlie Brown, so this first time experience was so much fun for her. We had taken the opportunity to check out the map and website for Dorney Park beforehand, so we knew right away that we wanted to head to Planet Snoopy, a theme park just for kids! It has super fun rides, including a kid sized roller coaster that Skibbles just adored. There’s also live shows and the chance to meet with PEANUTS characters throughout the day. We spent most of our day in this area of the park. Andrew has been to Dorney Park once before as a teenager, but for the rest of our family it was our first time, and I have to say, it has been our best park experience so far. Everyone was so friendly and there was so many attractions for us to enjoy, even as a family together.
I had to laugh though at a ride called the Monster (Skibbles called it an octopus) that we just HAD to ride twice. It was the only ride she asked to ride more than once and she even told me that it tickled her belly! It gave me that sinking belly feeling, so I know that’s what she meant! What I loved though more than anything else during the day, was taking the baby on the Zephyr, a scenic ride aboard a miniature train. It was her first ride and her smile made the whole day an incredibly memorable experience. We also got to learn so many cool facts about the early days of the park’s opening and history throughout the last 150 years!
The girls quickly fell asleep once we got into the car, but as soon as Skibbles woke up, she couldn’t stop talking about it. We can’t wait to go back soon to check out Wildwater Kingdom, the water park side of the area.
Check out our fun video to see the great time we had!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.