Enter through the pages of a storybook into a land filled with fairytale characters...
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Idlewild's enchanting Story Book Forest allows children to wander through a land filled with characters from well-known fairytales and nursery rhymes, visiting houses and cottages depicting scenes from the stories.
The area was originally opened in 1956 as a separate attraction, before being incorporated into the rest of Idlewild after the park was purchased by the Kennywood Park Corporation in 1983.
Visitors enter the Story Book Forest through the open pages of a giant storybook which reads: "Here is the land of once upon a time. Step through the pages of this big story book and visit the people and places every child knows and loves. Here dreams are real ... and so are your story book friends."
Inside, amongst the cottages housing fairytale scenes, are a large castle and a swashbuckling pirate ship, together with several actors who help bring the stories to life. Stories represented include Mother Goose, Little Miss Muffet, Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks, Jack and the Beanstalk, the Three Little Pigs, and Red Riding Hood.
Although not as extensive as some other Fairy Tale Forests, Idlewild's version is nicely done and full of entertaining scenes which will keep children occupied for ages.
Giant storybook entrance
The little red school house
Inside the school house
The Crooked House
Inside the crooked house
Little Miss Muffet
Hot cross buns
The Little Engine That Could
A real life pirate
Billy Goat Gruff
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Old King Cole