Amusement Park Guide
with Cost Cutters

Area amusement parks and waterparks are unveiling exciting new attractions, improvements and entertainment this season.

Six Flags Great Adventure will debut a revamp of the Medusa rollercoaster at the end of the month; Sesame Place now features a giant Splash Castle; and Hersheypark launches a two-part SEAquel water attraction following the success of its 2007 Boardwalk addition. Speaking of boardwalks, family favorites down the shore are also featured in our round-up.

The listings that follow include what’s new for this season, opening dates and current rates. Several sites offer reduced admission later in the day or multiple-day discounts. For each park, we’ve noted “Cost Cutters”— reduced evening rates, multiple-day discounts and other ways to save.

144 Berlin Rd., Clementon, NJ. 856-783-0263,
Clementon underwent a major renovation in 2008, including Laguna Kahuna, a new mega water attraction. Guests can splash & play there, go on nearly 20 other wet & dry rides, or take one of Polly’s Pedal Boats out on Clementon Lake. The concessions area has been updated this year, including a new French fries stand. Opens Memorial Day.
Cost Cutter: Get a season pass by July 12 for $49.99, before it goes up to $69.99. Season pass holders also get free tickets for friends & a coupon book.

2249 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA. 866-FUN-AT-DW,
The “kid kingdom” introduces The Twister, which swings riders back & forth in a circular motion. The acrobatic high-dive show “A Dragon’s Tale” has been added to the park’s daily entertainment lineup, which again
includes the popular Thomas & Friends show. Open weekends in May until Memorial Day weekend, then daily. $18.95-$30.95.
Cost Cutter: The Preview Plan lets you show up at the gate 3 hrs. before closing, buy a ticket for tomorrow & get in today for free. 

6 Delaware Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE. 302-227-1921,
Families can still go flying high on the SuperFlip, which premiered last year, or enjoy familiar favorites such as the Paratrooper & Sea Dragon. Open weekends until Memorial Day, then daily. No general admission; buy tickets per ride.
Cost Cutter: Buy tickets in bulk & save.

Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, 6th & the Boardwalk, Ocean City, NJ. Gillian’s Funland, 42nd & the Bay, Sea Isle City, NJ.
609-399-7082, 609-399-7082,
The Ocean CityCity boardwalk staple still includes the famous tall Ferris wheel, along with a merry-go-round and other carnival rides & amusements. A new sister park, Gillian’s Funland, is scheduled to open Memorial Day weekend in Sea Isle with a dozen rides for kids ages 12 & younger. Wonderland open weekends in May; daily operation begins June 1. No general admission, buy tickets per ride.
Cost Cutter: At Wonderland from 1-4pm, Two-Ticket Tuesdays & Thursdays return this year (all rides two tickets), along with Wristband Wednesdays (unlimited rides for $20). All day on Wonderland Wonder Bear’s Birthday, June 4, all rides are one ticket.

100 W. Hersheypark Dr. off Rte. 743, Hershey, PA. 800-HERSHEY,
Following the popularity of 2007’s The Boardwalk, a water attraction saluting favorite East Coast boardwalks, the park this year presents The Boardwalk at Hersheypark: The SEAquel. This water zone includes The Shore, where guests can splash & surf in a wave pool, and the Intercoastal Waterway, a less turbulent alternative for relaxing & floating. Open weekends & on select days in May until Memorial Day weekend, when the park opens daily. Boardwalk attractions open Memorial Day weekend. $20.95-$51.95.
Cost Cutter:  Visit for 2 or 3 days anytime during the season for reduced admission or 2 consecutive days to save even more. Twilight rates also available. For bundle deals that include various Hershey hotels & venues, go to

8 Country Club Rd., Rehoboth Beach, DE.  302-227-8444,
Get soaked in the latest attraction, the kid sprayground, which was introduced last season. The play area features a tipping bucket, geysers & other water spouts. Dry outdoor activities include go-karts, mini-golf & a rock-climbing wall. Opens Memorial Day weekend. $19-$29 (waterpark), $5-$6 (other amusements).
Cost Cutter: Head to the waterpark after 4pm for reduced twilight rates or purchase a coupon book to save on select dry attractions.

Killens State Park, 5025 Killens Pond Rd., Felton, DE. 302-284-4526,
Visitors can cool off in the park’s pools, which feature slides & interactive elements. Opens Memorial Day.
Cost Cutter: With $1-$2 regular admission rates, this waterpark offers the best value everyday.

Surfside Pier & Ocean Oasis Waterpark & Beach Club, 25th St. & the Boardwalk; Mariner’s Landing Pier & Raging Waters Waterpark, Schellenger Ave. & the Boardwalk; and Adventure Pier, Spencer Ave. & the Boardwalk. Wildwood, NJ. 609-522-3900,
Boasting 3 amusement piers & 2 waterparks, this classic boardwalk center celebrates its 40th anniversary with improved ticket booths, expanded picnic areas & more live Radio Disney concerts. Familiar favorites such as Dante’s Dungeon, The Crazy Bus on Mariner’s Landing and Pirates of the Wildwoods have also been upgraded. Open weekends in May until Memorial Day weekend, then open daily. $33-$55; individual amusement ride tickets also available (do not apply to waterpark attractions).
Cost Cutter:  Enter Morey’s anniversary text-messaging giveaway contest and automatically receive daily & weekly specials. Family 4-packs, multi-day passes and early morning & twilight admission rates also

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA. 866-GO-4-ELMO,
The nation’s only Sesame Street theme park debuts The Count’s Splash Castle, a huge multi-level water play area with countless (pun intended) slides, valves & bridges for getting soaked. Open weekends in May until Memorial Day weekend, then open daily. $47.95-$50.95.
Cost Cutter: Elmo’s Any Two Day ticket is the same price as one-day admission. Twilight admission also offered.

13710 Central Ave., Mitchellville, MD. 301-249-1500,
Visit this Washington, DC-area park for an expanded concert roster (scheduled headliners include Metro Station & Kevin Rudolph), along with new daily entertainment this season. Six Flags has updated its Capital Railways train tour. Family favorites include comic book coasters
Superman: Ride of Steel & Batwing, and Tony Hawk’s Halfpipe waterslide in Hurricane Harbor. Open weekends through May 22, then daily. $24.99-$49.99.
Cost Cutter: For a limited time season passes are the same price as regular one-day admission. Or buy your daily pass online for $10 less than gate admission.

Rte. 537, Jackson, NJ. 732-928-1821,
Medusa, the world’s first floorless, looping rollercoaster, has been transformed into Bizarro. The intense ride, based on Superman comic book characters, includes high climbs & deep dives accompanied by strange visual illusions. The Big Wheel, the park’s classic ferris wheel, has been renovated. Weekly Saturday Night Lights rock ‘n’ roll fireworks shows kick off in July. Great Adventure & Wild Safari are open for limited hours until daily operation begins May 16; Bizarro premieres & Hurricane Harbor opens Memorial Day weekend. $19.99-$84.99.
Cost Cutter: Purchase online & save $10 off admission.

Schellenger Ave. & the Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ. 609-729-5600,
Families can once again go adventure rafting on The Beast of the East, get drenched by The Giant Bucket or unwind with tots in the Zoe Zone,
a water play area designed just for little ones. $22-$30.
Cost Cutter: Buy a Stimulus Pass (it’s only a few dollars more than regular admission) for a day at the park, food, mini-golf & sunscreen. Or let Grandmom take the kids — there’s no admission charge for seniors. Toddlers (13-35 mos.) also get in for free.

Rtes. 1 & 54, Fenwick Island, DE. 302-539-1644 or 302-539-4027,
Viking visitors can float along the curvy Lazy River, the latest addition to Thunder Lagoon, which features interactive water play attractions. More mythological props have been added to the mini-golf course. Golf & go-karts are open daily in May; the waterpark opens Memorial Day. $5-$17, prices may vary, check website or call.
Cost Cutter: The Waterpark Stimulus Package offers 25 to 50 percent off discounts for multi-day passes.