Kids 12 and older probably wouldn’t be interested in Story Land, but younger children would revel in its beguiling charm. And adults would adore the almost palpable nostalgia. Dating back to the mid-1950s, the front section of the park retains many of its original storybook tableaus such as the Old Woman in the Shoe, Humpty Dumpty, and the Three Little Pigs (with real pigs!). The back of the park offers some modern-day attractions including a wonderful raft ride, a steel roller coaster, and a log flume ride, but the thrills are toned down to pint-size levels.
Nobody would ever mistake Story Land for Disneyland, although the seasonal park does have some impressive animated characters among its attractions. And like Walt Disney's original park, there is a playful sense of innocence, a wonderful melding of the old and the new, and small surprises around every corner. A subterranean gopher making an impromptu appearance or an encounter with Heidi's grandfather generate as much glee as a ride aboard an antique carousel or the Bamboo Chutes log flume.
Set amid the picture-perfect backdrop of New Hampshire's White Mountains, the park is impeccably maintained. Story Land offers incredible value. In addition to its reasonable admission fee, parking is free, and strollers, wheelchairs, and pet kennels are complimentary. Food prices are considerably lower than most parks. Even the gift shops are limited to a reasonable number.
The Morrell family had owned and operated Story Land until 2007 when it sold the park to Kennywood Entertainment, a small company whose park portfolio featured Kennywood amusement park, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In late 2007, a Spain-based chain of parks purchased Kennywood Entertainment. Here's hoping that the international operator will maintain the high quality standards, commitment to value, and captivating vibe that has characterized Story Land for decades.
Location and Phone:
Glen, New Hampshire
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Admission Info and Operating Season:
Admission to the park includes all rides, attractions, and shows. Children under 3 admitted free. Reduced rates are available for select dates in May and early June. Guests arriving after 3 p.m. receive a complimentary pass to visit an additional day. Season passes are available.
Story Land is open Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
I-93N to Exit 23, New Hampton, NH. Route 104E to Meredith and the junction of Routes 25 and 3. Take Route 25 northeast to West Ossipee and onto Route 16 N through North Conway to Story Land.
The park features a great assortment of rides, shows, and attractions geared to younger children, including:
- Los Bravos Silver Mine Tour- A walk-through attraction
- Dr. Geyser's Remarkable Raft Ride
- The Polar Coaster
- Slipshod Safari Tour
- Bamboo Chutes log flume
- Farm Follies animated show
More Story Land Info:
New at Story Land for 2014:
A family-friendly (but still thrilling) wooden coaster is coming to the park. Read about a similar junior coaster, Wooden Warrior, to get a sense of what is on the way.
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