Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, added their first suspended family roller coaster, Merlin’s Mayhem, when the park opened their season on April 28. Originally scheduled to open in 2017, construction delays pushed the opening of this $7.5 million ride to this year. Merlin’s Mayhem will allow guests to experience the twists and turns of an enchanted journey with Dutch Wonderland’s friendly magician, Merlin.
Families join Merlin on a 1,300 foot long (396 m) high-flying adventure in search of his dragon friend, Mayhem, who has disappeared into the park. Thematic events, beginning in the queue, reveal the story of Mayhem and Merlin. Once guests board the ride, Merlin will begin giving clues and encouragement through on-board audio over the seats. As the enchanted flying machine returns to the station, the mischievous Mayhem is safely reunited with Merlin.
Merlin’s Mayhem, manufactured by S&S Worldwide, will be the tallest ride located at Dutch Wonderland, featuring a 60 foot (18 m) rise to the top, along with two helix turns. At a minimum height requirement of 39 inches (1 m), this new roller coaster can be enjoyed by young and old.