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Idlewild and SoakZone

Ligonier, Pennsylvania, USA

Pennsylvania's oldest amusement park, featuring a Story Book Forest, a 1938 PTC wooden coaster, and other classic attractions aimed at children...

Opened1878
SeasonMid-May to October (weekends, daily Memorial Day to Labor Day)
OwnerParques Reunidos
OperatorPalace Entertainment
Websitewww.idlewild.com
NearbyKennywood (32 miles)
Conneaut Lake Park (109 miles)
Waldameer (136 miles)
Six Flags America (163 miles)
Kings Dominion (194 miles)
Idlewild

Idlewild

As the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania, Idlewild has been entertaining generations of families since it was founded as a camping ground in 1878.

It is predominantly a children's park aimed at the under-12s, and has won many awards including being named the world's best children's park by Amusement Today at the Golden Ticket Awards in 2010.

Idlewild features a number of classic rides alongside a large waterpark and a Story Book Forest that retells classic fairytales with lifesize models and several live actors.

The park's 1938 Rollo Coaster wooden rollercoaster from PTC is an ACE Coaster Classic and has recently been refurbished. This operates alongside Wild Mouse, a Vekoma Wild Mouse originally from Wiener Prater which spent several years at Alton Towers as Alton Mouse in the late 1980s end early 90s.

Other highlights amongst Idlewild's ride collection include an increasingly rare 1947 Caterpillar, a Whip built in 1939, and one of the last operating Tumble Bug rides in the world.

For much of its history, Idlewild was owned by the wealthy Mellon family from Pittsburgh. In 1983 it was sold to Kennywood Entertainment Company, owners of Kennywood. The Kennywood Entertainment Company was subsequently purchased in 2008 by the Spanish amusement park company Parques Reunidos who now operate Idlewild under their American subsidiary Palace Entertainment.

Set amongst shady trees, with plenty of attractions to explore and a calm friendly atmosphere, Idlewild is more than worth a few hours visit. With seven themed lands to explore and the Loyalhanna Creek flowing through the middle of the site, it is easy to lose yourself in the surroundings ... and miss things, so be sure to check the park map!

Attractions

Rollo Coaster

Rollo Coaster

1938 PTC wooden rollercoaster

Wild Mouse

Wild Mouse

Wild mouse rollercoaster

Story Book Forest

Story Book Forest

Walkthrough retelling famous fairytale stories

Paul Bunyan's Loggin' Toboggan

Paul Bunyan's Loggin' Toboggan

Log flume

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

Carnival style big wheel

Carousel

Carousel

Traditional carousel, built by PTC in 1930

Scrambler

Scrambler

Twist flat ride

Spider

Spider

Octopus

Flying Aces

Flying Aces

Spinning aeroplanes

Balloon Race

Balloon Race

Take to the skies in a hot air balloon

Howler

Howler

Tornado themed spinning ride

Skooters

Skooters

Bumper cars

Tilt-A-Whirl

Tilt-A-Whirl

Classic fairground ride

SoakZone

SoakZone

Water park with a wave pool, lazy river and water slides