We're newbies to the "character breakfast at amusement parks scene", but we had a fabulous first experience at Dutch Wonderland's newest addition to its Kingdom for Kids. If you've visited Dutch Wonderland before, you'll notice that part of the castle gift shop has been transformed to house Merlin's Restaurant. It's a full-service, sit-down themed restaurant so you can dine like royalty inside the castle.
Also new for 2012 was the magical buffet-style Merlin and Friends Character Breakfast. Children and their families met Princess Brooke, the Dutch Wonderland Knight, Duke and of course, Merlin. The breakfast was held at the park from 9-10 am each Friday-Sunday through the end of the summer season on September 2, 2012.
I highly recommend checking it out next summer. For $12.99 per person, families can enjoy a yummy spread.
chocolate chip muffins
milk, coffee, and juice.
For a buffet-style breakfast, the food was indeed yummy. Worth noting- children 2 and under are also free for the breakfast. The restaurant staff was very friendly and the characters did a fabulous job interacting with and engaging the children. Even the shy ones received special attention, and it was a fun and exciting way to begin our visit to Dutch Wonderland.
Dutch Wonderland truly is a Kingdom for Kids and is a perfect first amusement park. We've been to the park twice while our kids are Free (under 3) and had plenty to keep us busy. In addition to the many rides, there are shows and plenty of photo opportunities and play areas throughout the park.
Here are a few to look for on your next visit:
Dutch Wonderland Soft Pretzel
Cow that kids can "milk"
Horse and Buggy
Pony Rides (for an additional fee)
Panning for gems (for an additional fee)
School House with a bell that kids can ring. Inside is a giant chalk board with chalk and erasers for kids to draw.
Nature Path with Environmental facts and tips along the way.
Photo Scavenger Hunt using the Lavahound App for your smartphone.
Check your Park Map for a schedule of story times and diving shows.
Several animations inside glass cases telling a story. (Gingerbread, Carpenters, and Quilters)
Bunnies and Chicks
Carnival games, caricatures, and face painting (additional fee)
In order to prepare for your own magical visit, we highly recommend checking out the Dutch Wonderland website for detailed Guest Policies, information on rides, and to make a reservation for a character breakfast. Also, don't forget to stop in at Guest Services upon your arrival to pick up a Lost Parents id bracelet or Kidspotter GPS Watch just incase you get seperated.
In full disclosure this post is sponsored in part by Dutch Wonderland, who provided Jersey Family Fun with admission to Merlin and Friend's Character Breakfast and tickets to Dutch Wonderland (which are required to attend the breakfast). However, we were responsible for our own travel costs. As always, opinions are honest and our own based on our experience at Dutch Wonderland and Merlin and Friend's Character Breakfast.