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Wonderland Amusement Park

Wonderland Park
2601 Dumas Dr.
Amarillo, TX 79107

Phone: 800-383-4712
Phone: 806-383-3344
Fax: 806-383-8737

Sixty years ago, Paul Roads had a dream. If he built an amusement park, the children would come. But his main problem was where to build it? His vision took him not to a cornfield, but to an ugly, barren hill. In their search for the perfect site, Paul and his wife, Alethea, traveled from San Angelo to a bleak stretch of land in Amarillo's Thompson Park.

It seemed the dream would die right there, for lack of water. “There were no trees, just scrub grass and sand burrs.” Mrs. Roads remembered. “It was pitiful.” So pitiful that Mr. and Mrs. Roads headed home to San Angelo. Mrs. Roads laughed, “We only got so far as Canyon, when we decided to give the location a second look.”

With the promise of transplanted trees and grading to level the area, Mark Miles, the then city's Parks and Recreation director, convinced the Roads to give Amarillo a try.

On August 12, 1951, Kiddie Land opened. The park opened with only three rides: the Hershell kiddie boat ride, the Lil' Dipper roller coaster, and a kiddie car ride built by Mr. Roads. With these three children's rides and a make shift ticket booth made out of a crate in which one of the rides was shipped, Kiddie Land was an instant hit. However, it was not profitable enough to support the Roads and their two children, Paula and Danny.

During the next ten years, Mr. Roads continued to work a day job, as a fabricator at the Amarillo Air Force Base, and spent his nights and weekends working at the park. Finally, he reached a crossroads and had to choose between the park and his day job. He chose the park and never regretted his decision.

In 1969, after the addition of the Bumper Cars and other rides with wide appeal to all ages, a name change became a necessity. The Roads chose Wonderland, inspired by Lewis Carroll's “Through the Looking Glass.” Although the Wonderland of today bears little resemblance to the Kiddie Land of 60 years ago, many of the seeds of today's park were sown then. The commitment to family values, safety, and cleanliness has always been a part of the park's history. Mrs. Roads commented, “We've always wanted this to be a park where you could bring your kids. When we started, the parks weren't clean; they were more like carnivals. We didn't want that then, and we still don't.”

The importance of family has had a profound influence on the history of Wonderland. In the beginning when the park was still struggling, the Roads received some needed help from Mrs. Roads' parents, Robert and Ruth Mikesell. The Mikesells moved to Amarillo when they retired. Mrs. Mikesell operated the miniature golf course until she was nearly 90 years old.

For more than 40 years, the Roads' daughter, Paula, and her husband, Paul Borchardt (also known as P.D.) have been an integral part of Wonderland Park's operations. After Paul finished a stint in the Navy, the Borchardt's relocated to Amarillo and never left. While they had many options, they decided to make fun their life's work.

Today, Paul and Paula are President and Vice President of Wonderland. With a triple major in naval science, marketing, and accounting, and an MBA in accounting, Paul brought a business acumen to the park that helped it evolve from special to spectacular… from Kiddie Land to Wonderland, the third largest amusement park in Texas.

Wonderland Park today is a major attraction with more than 200,000 visitors each year. One reason is the Roads' and Borchardts' commitment to add new attractions and constantly invest in maintenance and improvements.

Over the years, many spectacular rides have been added. Some are purchased from manufacturers or other parks, while others are built specifically for Wonderland. One good example is the world famous Texas Tornado. The Texas Tornado is a double loop, steel roller coaster, which attracts roller coaster enthusiasts from all over the world. Also, the first of its kind in the United States, is the 12 passenger Shoot the Chute. The Shoot the Chute is an unique and innovative water ride, added to the park in the summer of 2000.

Wonderland worked with O.D. Hopkins from New Hampshire, the world's largest water ride manufacturer, to prototype new rides for the amusement industry. The rides Wonderland prototyped with O.D. Hopkins are: The Texas Tornado, the Shoot the Chute, the Big Splash Log Flume, The Sky Rider Monorail, the Rattlesnake River Raft Ride, The Thunder Jet Racer, and The Pipeline Plunge Water Slide.

Some attractions, such as the Fantastic Journey and the Miniature Golf Course, have been built from ideas and photographs of other parks. Mr. Roads designed and built both the Fantastic Journey and the Miniature Golf Course. The Fantastic Journey, “the dark house,” as Mr. Roads called it, took nine months to build. He spent so much time in it one summer, the season's newly-hired help didn't know who he was. Mr. Roads said of the summer many times “Those kids would keep coming into the office to ask my wife, “Who's that white-haired old man who keeps coming in and out of that building over there?”

Recently, three new rides and a new section of the park were added. The 200 ft Drop of Fear, the Fiesta Swing, and the Hornet roller coaster were opened in the new West End in June 2009.

Mr. Roads passed away in May 2003, but Mrs. Roads is still active in day to day operations. Mr. and Mrs. Roads have been honored by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions with The 2003 Lifetime Service Award. Mrs. Roads received the Amarillo Women's Network 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Today the third generation carries on the family legacy at Wonderland Park. Paul and Paula's eldest daughter, Rebecca Parker, made the park her career in 1995. A CPA with an MBA, Rebecca is the park's Controller. Rebecca said, ”I can't imagine working anywhere else. The park is part of our family and is in our blood. As kids, my three sisters and I, always were the testers of anything our parents and grandparents wanted to add to the park. Whether it was a new ride, a new hot dog, a new game, whatever, we were there and ready to try it out. Also, all our family vacations took us out of school, as they had to take place in the off season. Those vacations were to many interesting places around the United States as they had to be educational and include visits to other parks and park conventions.”

Rebecca also stated for herself and her sisters ”We always worked at the park, and we knew there would be hardly a day off from when the season started til it ended, but it was always worth it. We had a great time making sure the customers enjoyed themselves and that they loved Wonderland as much as we did and still do.”

“Our family understands our lifestyle.” Paul said. “We work while everyone else plays and we work while everyone else works.” He's only half kidding. The Roads and Borchardts work hard to make Wonderland Park fun for their guests…and doing so gives them satisfaction.

“They say the man with the most toys wins. I think it's the guy who has the most fun. I win hands down.” Said Paul Borchardt.


Tuesday -Thursday
June 5 thru August 17
7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Ride Pass $16.95/$13.95

June 1 thru August 17
4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Ride Pass $16.95/$13.95

Saturday & Sunday
Open April 7 thru May 26
1:00 p.m. - Close
June 2 thru September 2
1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ride Pass $23.95/$19.95

Miniature Golf
19 Holes - $5.00 Per Person.
April & May - Open same hours as park.
May 31 until August 19 - Open Monday-Friday at 4:00p.m.
Open Sat & Sun at 1 p.m. through Labor Day.

Spectator Pass
$5.00 only for adults 21 & older or if under 42".
Under 21 is required to purchase a ride pass.

**Ride pass
Ride Pass does not include the Texas Tornado,
Drop Of Fear, Fantastic Journey & Miniature Golf.
Ride Tickets are $1.50 each.

Phone: 806-383-0832
Fax: 806-383-8737

Group Rates

Group Rates - For 15 Or More
Recognize your employee, team mates, or students for a job well done. Wonderland Park is the perfect place for your outing year after year. Fun that won't bust your budget.

  • Family Reunions
  • Birthday Parties
  • School Groups
  • Church Groups
  • Company Parties
  • Sports Teams
  • Scouts

Groups must make reservations at least two days in advance to receive the Group Rate:

Taxable Groups

Non Tax Groups

Tues, Wed, Thurs.

7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.




4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.



Saturday & Sunday

1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.



Saturday & Sunday

5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.



Sat or Sun All Day

1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.



Group discounted Ride Passes do not include the Texas Tornado, Drop of Fear, & Fantastic Journey.

Let Wonderland save you the trouble and expense of renting or moving tables and chairs for your picnic.

Our covered picnic shelter, complete with a PA system rents for just $75.00/half day for groups of 100 or more.

We look forward to the opportunity of providing you with the fun that has made Wonderland famous for 60 years.

You can call Danielle 383-3344 or email

Rides & Prices

Tuesday thru Thursday:
May 28 thru August 17 - 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ride Pass* $16.95/$13.95 for children under 42"
*Ride Pass DOES NOT include the Texas Tornado, Drop of Fear, Fantastic Journey, or Miniature Golf.

June 1 thru August 17 - 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ride Pass* $16.95/$13.95 for children under 42"
*Ride Pass DOES NOT include the Texas Tornado, Drop of Fear, Fantastic Journey, or Miniature Golf.

Saturday & Sunday
April 7 to May 26 - 1:00 p.m. - Close.
Ride Pass* $23.95/$19.95 for children under 42"
June 2 - Sept 2 - 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Ride Pass* $23.95/$19.95 for children under 42"
*Ride Pass DOES NOT include the Texas Tornado, Drop of Fear, Fantastic Journey, or Miniature Golf.

SPECTATOR TICKETS $5.00 - To obtain a Spectator Pass you must be 21 years or older OR under 42"
(ID MAY BE REQUIRED). Must purchase tickets to ride.

$1.50 each
Two tickets required for the Texas Tornado, Drop of Fear, Texas Intimidator & Shoot the Chute.
One ticket for all other rides.

19 Holes - $5.00 Per Person.
April & May - Open same hours as park.
June 4 until August 17 - Open Monday thru Friday at 4:00pm.
Open Saturday & Sunday at 1:00 p.m. through Labor Day.


Texas Tornado
Height Restriction: 50" (excluded from RIDE PASS)
2 Tickets

Big Coaster
Height Restriction: 48"
1 Ticket

Height Restriction: 48"
1 Ticket

Height Restriction: 42" w/Adult, 48" Alone
1 Ticket


Thunder Jet Racers
Height Restriction: 36"
1 Ticket

Big Splash Log Flume
Height Restriction: 36"
1 Ticket

Pipeline Plunge
Height Restriction: 36" w/Adult, 42" Alone
1 Ticket

Rattlesnake River Raft Ride
Height Restriction: 36" w/Adult, 42" Alone
1 Ticket

Shoot The Chute
Height Restriction: 36" w/Adult, 42" Alone
2 Tickets

KIDDIE LAND RIDES - Just For The Wee Folks!

1 Ticket (No Adults)

1 Ticket

Height Restriction: 36"
1 Ticket

Height Restriction: 36"
1 Ticket (No Adults)

1 Ticket

1 Ticket - No lap children or babes in arms


Drop of Fear
Height Restriction: 50" (excluded from Ride Pass)
2 Tickets

Fiesta Swing
Height Restriction: 48"
1 Ticket

Bumper Car
Height Restriction: 42" To Ride, 52" To Drive
1 Ticket

Fantastic Journey
Height Restriction: Feet must reach floor when in seat (excluded from RIDE PASS)
1 Tickets

Height Restriction: 42"
1 Ticket

The Pirate Ship
Height Restriction: 42" w/Adult, 48" Alone
1 Ticket

The Rainbow
Height Restriction: 42" w/Adult, 48" Alone
1 Ticket

Height Restriction: 36" w/Adult, 42" Alone
1 Ticket

Sky Ride
Height Restriction: 36" w/Adult, 42" Alone
1 Ticket

Sky Rider
Height Restriction: below 42" w/Adult, 42" Alone. No lap children or babes in arms.
1 Ticket

Tilt-A Whirl
Height Restriction: 36" w/Adult, 48" Alone
1 Ticket

Wonder Wheel
Height Restriction: 36" w/Adult, 42" Alone
1 Ticket

Texas Intimidator
Height Restriction: 50"
2 Tickets

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum PPHM

2503 4th Avenue
Canyon, Texas 79015

Let history surprise you!
Where else can you cover 26,000 square miles in a day on foot? From dinosaurs to conquistadors, you'll find it all in Texas' largest history museum. Relive the stories of courage and hardship, victory and defeat over the past 14,000 years. Walk along the boardwalks of a life-size 1880's frontier town, view one of the Southwest's finest art collections, experience the exciting history of the petroleum industry, and more.

Current Exhibits
Saturday Sep 17, 2011 - Saturday Feb 18, 2012   Littlefield Murals
George W. Littlefield, respected Austin businessman, commissioned 6 murals from E. Martin Hennings. Three went missing until recently and are in this exhibit.

Saturday Sep 17, 2011 - Saturday Feb 18, 2012   Public Art Across Texas
Notable Texas public art, including mural sketches, maquettes and sculpture parts from various monuments in the state will be part of the ancillary show to Littlefield Murals. Sponsored by Friends of Southwestern Art

Saturday Oct 29, 2011 - Saturday Sep 8, 2012   Try!: Rodeo on the Southern Plains
Rodeo was born on ranches across the Americas. This exhibit traces the history of the sport from the ranch to today's professional productions.

Saturday Nov 19, 2011 - Friday Nov 30, 2012   Frocks & Togs: Childrens Clothing from 1900 through the 1950s
PPHM will explore childrens clothing from the first half of the past century and look at influences on childrens clothes over the years.

About the Research Center
The Research Center at PPHM is a library and archives that gathers sources on the life and culture of the Panhandle Plains region. Books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, manuscript collections, trade literature, oral histories and photographs document the environment and culture of the region, from its prehistory to the present. In addition to supporting the mission of the museum, the Research Center encourages the public to take advantage of the information found in these unique sources.
LOCATION The PPHM Research Center is located on the Museum's third floor. HOURS The PPHM Research Center is available for use from
1:00 to 5:00 pm Monday–Thursday
8:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00- 5:00 pm Friday
Other hours may be available by appointment. Depending on staff availability, the Research Center may close without notice, so appointments are recommended at all times.
There is a daily fee of $5 to use our research center and appointments are recommended.

To schedule time in our research center, contact archivist
Warren Stricker . Phone: (806) 651-2254 Fax: (806) 651-2260

Texas Legacies Outdoor Musical Drama

A LONE HORSEMAN , carrying the flag of the great state of Texas appears atop a 600 foot cliff, signaling the beginning of the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. With a burst of fireworks and a moving swell of the music, the horseman gallops away. Suddenly, a cast of more than 60 actors, singers and dancers takes the stage to kick off the show that millions of fans from all around the world have come to see. Only a state as big as Texas could host a show as big as TEXAS!


THE BEAUTIFUL PIONEER AMPHITHEATRE , carved out of and nestled into a natural basin in the majestic Palo Duro Canyon-the nation's second largest canyon-comes alive once again this summer with the 45th Anniversary Season of the Official Play of the State of Texas.

IN THIS FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW , set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show's fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800s. Song and dance abound-and a generous helping of good ol' Texas humor too-with spellbinding lighting, special fire and water effects, including the Dancing Waters of TEXAS! (fireworks are also included nightly when conditions allow)

COME ENJOY OUR TEXAS HOSPITALITY! You'll want to come early and enjoy a delicious old fashioned Chuck Wagon BBQ Dinner on our covered patio.

HOW ABOUT A BACKSATGE TOUR to get behind-the-scenes look at how the show is produced? Look for these on our website, or let our friendly customer service team arrange these for you when you call.

MAKE IT A VACATION TO REMEMBER! While you're in the neighborhood, plan to stay and enjoy all we have to offer! Stroll the square in Canyon, visit Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, the state's largest historical museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University or trek along the world-famous Route 66 in Amarillo. Ask us for ore information when you call.

WE'RE EASY TO FIND! The Amphitheater is just a short 25 mile drive from Amarillo or 15 miles from Canyon.

Ticket Prices

:: Texas Performances ::
Tuesday - Sunday
Center Right, Left Far R, Far L
Adult $29.95 $22.95 $15.95
(12 & Under)
$25.95 $18.95 $11.95
Sr. Citizen
(60 & Up)
$27.95 $20.95 $13.95
Student & Military Discount $27.95 $20.95 $13.95
:: Texas Chuck Wagon Dinner Price ::
Adult $16.95
(12 & Under)

Tax included in above pricing.
$2.00 handling fee added per performance ticket.


Bring the whole family to TEXAS this summer, set against the natural beauty of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Call the TEXAS office to book one of our great money-saving packages!

Kids Eat Free
For families of four, “TEXAS” has a special package just for you. Included in this package are four show tickets (two adults and two children), two dinner tickets (we'll buy your kids dinner), 4 exclusive backstage tours before the show,
and a souvenir program, featuring the history of TEXAS and biographies
of the cast and crew.

With this package you save over 28% ($60.00)

Friends and Neighbors
For you and your friends,” TEXAS” has a “small” group package designed with you in mind. Included in this package is 4 show tickets, 4 back stage tours
and 4 souvenir programs featuring the history of “TEXAS” and biographies
of the cast and crew.

With this package you save over 30% ($56.00)

Packages are not available on-line. Contact the “TEXAS” office at 806-655-2181 and order your package today!

Packages are not valid with any other discount or promotion.

Tickets are also available by phone at
(806) 655-2181
or drop by the TEXAS Office in Canyon on the Square at
1514 5th Ave.

Box Office Hours
September thru May
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

June thru August
Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Box Office in Palo Duro Canyon at the Pioneer Amphitheatre
opens at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday


Splash Water Park

1415 Sunrise Drive Amarillo, TX 79104-4300
(806) 376-4477

Welcome to Splash Amarillo. Join us for a day (or half day) of family fun entertainment. We are a waterpark based out of Amarillo, TX that is designed for all ages ranging from children all the way to senior citizens. This is a stress free environment that will bring laughs, thrills, and good ole fun.

Our park has everything from thrilling high speed slides to a giant wave pool. All rides with pools are monitored closely by skilled and certified lifeguards. While you're at the park, you can relax in several shaded areas to take a break from the sun. This is very important since you will be outdoors all day. We also have a large food and drink menu at our concession area. Be sure to take a look at our pricing page to look at our selection. Our concession area has a covered area to enjoy your food in. Our cleaning crew will make sure you enjoy food and beverages in a clean environment.

Another popular area at the park is our gift shop. You can pick up sun screen, swim trunks, t-shirts, hats, and a lot more. Your purchases can be stored with your personal belongings in a private locker with a combination lock in the restroom and changing area.

Other popular areas of the park include our air conditioned arcade and sand volleyball courts. This is a great area to interact with those who may or may not be participating in our intense water rides. Please take a look at our attractions and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Splash Amarillo is a community park that appreciates all feedback. We use your comments and suggestions as a way to continue improving the park each year!

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Saturday 12:00 P.M - 7:00 P.M. / Sunday: 12:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. Weather Permitting .
Opened May 28 through August 21, 2011

Additional Contact Information
Office: 806-376-4477
Fax: 806-376-5253




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