Large scale theme parks, like Disneyland, Disneyworld and Universal Studios in SoCal and Florida, tempt family travelers with their state-of-the-art attractions featuring comic book, story book, and movie tie-ins. While these parks can be exciting for older children and adults, I know from experience they are not always appealing to younger children. Long lines test the tempers of young children and adults; bright lights and loud music can be frightening. In fact, some parents have reported their little ones liked the hotel pool just as much as the expensive park.
Fortunately, regional parks like Storybook Forest at Idlewild Park in the Laurel Highlands near Ligonier, Pennsylvania fit the bill for families with little ones. It features thirty-three scenes and landmarks from an array of children’s fairytales and fables, including The Little Engine That Could, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Aladdin, The Three Little Pigs, and Alice in Wonderland. There are also six costumed actors in character as Mother Goose, Captain Candy, Goldilocks; The Old Woman Who Lived in the Shoe, Little Red Riding Hood, and Snow White.
Tickets can be pricey, but discounts are available if you buy them online in advance. Admission tickets cost $39 per person at the gate, but can be purchased online in advance for a discount of up to $11. If you live nearby, various season passes with different privileges can be purchased and range from $57 to $82 per person.
Storybook Forest in Idlewild & SoakZone
Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-3666