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DelGrosso's Amusement Park

June 16, 2018
Teresa Flaim
4352 East Pleasant Valley Blvd.
Tipton, PA 16684
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About a three hour drive from the DC area, DelGrosso's Amusement Park has been providing family fun for over 60 years. The park is comprised of two separate sections, Laguna Splash, an extensive water park (fun pass required for entrance), and the ride park (no admission fee, pay only to ride) which includes more than 30 rides. And, yes, this is the same DelGrosso family that makes the DelGrosso's pasta sauce you can find in your local grocery store.
 
We took the entire family, 2 adults and 5 children ranging in age from 5 to 12-years-old, for the day. This was our third visit to DelGrosso’s but the first time we ventured into Laguna Splash, an Italian-themed water park that showcases a Lazy River and Wave Pool set among Venetian-style archways, Roman frescos and fountains, and a 25-foot-tall replica of The Leaning Tower of Pisa. Laguna Splash also has two separate play areas for younger children. My 5-year old enjoyed the climbing structure and smaller slides that dumped him into shallow water. Several other water attractions were more popular than the giant water slides which suited my older kids just fine. They had minimal wait time to ride the Great White, Midnight Express, and Twin Twister water slides.
 
The weather was lovely during our visit and we found the water park more popular than the ride park. We arrived about 1.5 hours after the park opened and found very few lounge chairs left. Only a handful of the many lounge chairs had umbrellas. I wish Laguna Splash had more umbrellas available as shade in the water park was limited. We noticed that lots of people ended up staking out a spot on the limited grassy areas. It was clear that the water park was the place to be.
 
I found the water park to be incredibly clean and well-maintained. Family bathrooms, separate changing rooms for men and women, and lockers were available for use. There were several food vendors on the water park side as well. You could tell that safety was a priority by the number of lifeguards posted in and around each water attraction. The lifeguards were very conscientious. I appreciated the free use of water safety vests for my younger children. Check out the website (http://www.mydelgrossopark.com/) for pictures, descriptions and information regarding accessibility, height restrictions and water depth for all the water attractions.
 
For a more comfortable experience, 10×12 foot Cabanas can be rented (Mon-Thur $59.00 and Fri-Sun & Holidays $69.00) when the water park is in operation. Each cabana has a maximum of 6 guests (children and adults) plus up to an additional 2 hand held infants (under 24 months of age). Cabanas can be rented online up to the day before your visit if available. Day of visit rentals are completed at the Guest Services Office on a first come, first served basis.
 
DelGrosso’s amusement ride park is located across the street from the parking lot and Laguna Splash. To access the ride side, visitors walk over a pedestrian bridge. Here you will find rides for all ages nestled among trees providing plenty of opportunities for shade.
 
Many of the rides are classic family rides such as a miniature train, Dodgems (bumper cars), swings, Tilt-a Whirl and Scrambler. All my kids, including my 5-year-old, enjoyed riding the Wacky Worm, a family roller coaster. DelGrosso’s other roller coaster is the Crazy Mouse, where mouse-like cars make tight, flat turns along a track. My 12-year and 7-year olds enjoyed the park’s newest ride, Rock Star. This thrill ride elevates riders 55 feet above the midway, on top of a flying platform that makes a full circular, clockwise motion.
 
The Kid's Kingdom, has 8 rides geared towards children under 52 inches. While ride attendants check to make sure the kids are buckled in properly, they typically do not help the children board the rides. Parents/caregivers are allowed to assist their young children on and off the rides. My 5-year old loved the Whales and Boat rides. At the back of Kid's Kingdom is an infant care center with diaper changing facilities and a private air-conditioned space for nursing mothers. Diapers, baby food and other supplies are available at a nominal cost.
 
Outside of Kid's Kingdom, the rides were mostly for older children and adults. However, there were a few rides that children at least 36 inches tall can enjoy, including a grand carousel as long as they are accompanied by a responsible riding companion. A complete listing of all rides and their height requirements can be found on the DelGrosso's website, http://www.mydelgrossopark.com/.
 
Our family thoroughly enjoyed DelGrosso’s. The kids were thrilled to visit Laguna Splash and I had a hard time dragging them out. We could easily have spent an entire day at the water park but I knew they would be disappointed if we ran out of time for the rides. Since lines moved quickly during our visit on the ride side, the kids were able to visit all the rides they wanted in a few hours. Start early if you want to fit in both parks during your visit.
 
Food
 
DelGrosso's offered a variety of food choices on both the water park and ride park sides, including pasta dishes, fresh roasted beef, sausage, potato salad, baked beans, hot dogs and pizza. In addition, we found the typical amusement park fare of soda, cotton candy, ice cream and snow cones. Milk was available for purchase at most food concessions. Food menus are available online at http://www.mydelgrossopark.com/food/food-menus/. For those who wish to bring a picnic, on the amusement park side there were several covered picnic tables in the Picnic Grove and on the edge of Kid's Kingdom. Only park food was allowed in the water park but there was a small picnic area adjacent to the ticket booths outside of the water park gate.
 
Admission and Parking
 
DelGrosso’s is an affordable amusement park as admission is free to the ride park. Patrons have two options to enjoy the amusement park rides-- purchase individual ride tickets at $.50 each to use on 3, 4 and 5-ticket rides or purchase an All-Day Fun Pass for $29.95, reduced to $21.95 in May and September (2018 pricing). The All-Day Fun Pass provides unlimited rides and use of the Laguna Splash water park, when open. Entrance into the Laguna Splash is only available with All-Day Fun Pass. Children under 24 months of age are admitted free to the water park, adult carousel and train when accompanied by an adult with proper admission.
 
All-Day Fun Passes can be purchased online (http://www.mydelgrossopark.com/), at the main entrance ticket plaza next to the water park and park side at the Kid’s Kingdom Castle. Individual ride tickets are also available for purchase at both ticketing areas.
 
Just about every weekend and some weekdays during the season there are special events from concerts to car shows to their 24th Annual Italian Food and Heritage Festival. And certain days have discounted or free ride tickets, including Father's Day where all dads get to ride for free. A detailed listing of special events is on the DelGrosso's website, http://www.mydelgrossopark.com/.
 
Parking is free and located on the same side as the water park but across the street from the amusement park. Visitors use an elevated pedestrian crosswalk to the amusement park. It takes about 5 minutes or so from the parking lot to reach the amusement park. Handicapped parking is available on a first-come first-served basis ride side and in the main parking lot. No camping or overnight parking is permitted.
 
Know Before You Go
  • DelGrosso's is open seasonally starting with weekends in mid-May until the end of September. It is open 7 days a week from June 1 until the end of August. Laguna Splash water park operates from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
  • Rides and water park open at 11 am. Closing times vary depending upon weather conditions and crowd. Check the operating schedule ( http://www.mydelgrossopark.com/hours/operating-hours/) as the water park is not opened the entire operating season.
  • Master Card, Visa and Park Gift Cards are accepted at all ticket plazas, gift shop locations and various concession stands. ATM machines are available.
  • Guests can bring food and drink into the park but are restricted to available picnic areas. Park food is only allowed in the water park.
  • No pets or weapons are allowed. Designated areas for smoking are located in both the amusement and water parks.
  • Electric Scooters, Adult Strollers, and Children's Double Strollers are available for daily rental on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You can find discount coupons for All-Day Fun pass on specially marked jars of Traditional DelGrosso Pasta Sauce.
Photos courtesy of DelGrosso website (http://www.mydelgrossopark.com/)

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