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Cartoon Network Hotel reanimated and back in business, with a few pandemic-inspired changes

Shelly Stallsmith
York Daily Record

Cartoon Network Hotel had its second official opening Monday, just over six months from the first one.

The hotel, located at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, officially opened on Jan. 10, but served its last guest on March 17 when the hotel closed because of COVID-19.

“We are starting to ramp up with reservations, especially starting this weekend,” Director of Marketing Jeff Eisenberg said Monday. “We have some guests on the property today, and they have said they really enjoy what we have to offer.”

The hotel, the first of its kind, is geared toward kids, who will recognize much of the artwork and design, which is based on the network's shows.

This is the sight that eager customers take in before entering the Cartoon Network Hotel, December 6, 2019.

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Eisenberg said the hotel has made some changes to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state guidelines as they navigate the pandemic.

  • Every guest will have their temperature taken upon arrival, and only those under 100.3F will be admitted.
  • Masks are required in all common areas, such as the lobby, store, café and game rooms. Masks do not have to be worn when guests are eating, drinking or taking advantage of the pool or splash pad.
  • Social distancing markers are being used throughout the property.
  • Plexiglass barriers are being used at all contact points between team members and guests.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the property.

The 159-room hotel will be run at 50% capacity and the restaurant at 25% capacity, following state guidelines.

“We are prepared to operate as we need to for the foreseeable future,” Eisenberg said. “Between the hotel and Dutch Wonderland, guests are thanking us for doing what we can just to be open so they have something they can do with their families.”

The second opening has included some outdoor amenities that weren’t available for the first. An outdoor pool and Powerpuff Girls Splash Pad are fully functioning when weather cooperates.

This is the "Gumball" themed room at the Cartoon Network Hotel.

The hotel also offers nightly lawn games and outdoor movie screenings.

Those outdoor activities are in addition to the indoor pool, game room and Toon Room.

You can learn more on the hotel website.

Shelly Stallsmith is a trends reporter for the York Daily Record. She can be reached at mstallsmith@ydr.com or followed on Twitter at @ShelStallsmith.