Yes, you read that correctly.
The kid-friendly network is teaming with Palace Entertainment to create a cartoon-inspired vacation spot in Central Pennsylvania, which strikes those of us from the Philly area as kind of random. But hey, never look a gift horse in the mouth, right? At the end of the day, it really does make sense, though, as Amish Country is a major tourist destination for the state.
Taking up a whopping nine acres of land along Route 30, the Cartoon Network Hotel will be an interactive experience that includes "surprises around every corner, a brand- new resort-style pool and water play zone, an outdoor amphitheater with an oversized movie screen, lawn games, fire pits, and more," according to an official announcement.
“With just the right mix of technology, design, and animation, we’re aiming to bring our characters to life in a way that we haven’t seen done before," said Christina Miller, president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang. “We can’t wait to be part of many family vacations with the ultimate Cartoon Network experience.”
All of the rooms will be themed based on different shows, like Adventure Time, The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, and We Bare Bears. Depending on a kid's preference, the suites can be interchanged and customized. An indoor pool, play area, and a Cartoon Network gift shop will complete the all-immersive experience. If you go swimming, the lifeguard is the Ice King's penguin pal, Gunter. If you're peckish, the kitchen can whip up a stack of Jake's bacon pancakes. Plus, the hotel will be close to the Dutch Wonderland amusement park.
“With sleek contemporary designs that parents will appreciate and Easter egg type surprises for kids throughout the resort, the entire family will love this place," said Rolf Paegert, chief operating officer of Palace Entertainment. "Cartoon Network’s stories and themes appeal to everyone in a fun whimsical way... We are thrilled to be part of bringing the Cartoon Network experience to Lancaster, evolving the family hospitality and accommodations industry within the region.”