Cartoon Network Hotel: A Sleepover in a Cartoon

Rarely do I visit a location for the hotel, but in this case – it is exactly why my family went to Lancaster, Pennsylvania! Lancaster is known for it’s rolling farmlands, as well as the old-fashioned villages and Amish culture (it is not uncommon to see a horse and buggy coming down the road). We visited for the first time in 2021 and knew we needed to go back once we saw the world’s first Cartoon Network Hotel was opening!

Be prepared to be fully immersed in the cartoon world from the moment you walk in the lobby. Every detail is carefully curated, from the menu at Cartoon Kitchen to the themed rooms. We had the pleasure of staying in a Powerpuff Girl’s room with two double beds. They also offer rooms with a queen bed and bunk beds (ideal for families). I loved the colors and attention to detail in the room – the cartoon shower curtain, character wallpaper, and themed pillows and wall decor. The room is equipped with a coffee maker and refrigerator.

Our room had a courtyard view of the splash pad and outdoor pool. Sadly we were there in the winter so these were closed, but I can tell in the summer that would be THE place to be! In warmer months they also have fire pits and movie nights. Cartoon Network Hotel has an indoor pool with two hot tubs, the perfect place to warm up after a day at Dutch Wonderland.

After dropping your bags in the room and settling in, head back out to the lobby to stop by the arcade inspired by Ben 10. There is also a kid’s play area -Toon Room. Here your kids can Powerpuff themselves, play an interactive floor tile game, get creative with some cartoon coloring sheets, and crafts – all with some great Cartoon Network hits play on the big screen.

We visited during the holidays and were fortunate to spend New Year’s Eve at the hotel. The whole place was decked out and there was a New Year’s Eve party with a DJ, dance party, character meet and greets, and a balloon drop at both 8pm & midnight. This was great for the younger kids to still get in on the celebration!

One of the most creative restaurants you’ve ever seen can be found at the Cartoon Kitchen (conveniently located just past the lobby). There are themed pods with your own personal tv, or sit in the dining area and have a front-row view into the “kitchen” where your favorite characters are the chefs! We had the buffet breakfast and it was everything you could want. We indulged in pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, bagels, donuts, and fruit. The service here was excellent, and we had a great time!

Did I mention the Cartoon Network Hotel was located directly next to Dutch Wonderland? Take a short five-minute walk next door to this family fun theme park with rides for all ages. This was our first time here and we LOVED it! The park is the perfect size for a family – easily do-able in one day. This park has everything from coasters to kiddie-land and everything in between. The staff is friendly and approachable, you can tell they genuinely care about the guests. We visited Dutch Wonderland on New Year’s Eve and attended Duke’s Diamond Drop party. This party was easily made a core memory for our family – from the bubble dance party, gift bags, and diamond drop with confetti blasters – it was SO much fun! We stayed from open-close and we look forward to going back soon!

Until next time…

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