Find The Magic at
StoryBook Forest at Idlewild Park


Teapot in Fantasy Forest at Idlewild Park Story Book in Fantasy Forest at Idlewild Park Crooked House in Fantasy Forest at Idlewild Park



Bring your children to StoryBook Forest at Idlewild Park and experience the land of storybook imagination. Here you will literally walk through one classic children's story after another.

Watch your children's face light up when you visit The Little Old Lady That Lives In A Shoe, you know, she had so many children, she didn't know what to do. You can usually find her sitting in her rocking chair knitting something for her children. Children love sitting at her feet as she tells them stories.

small boy standing in a keyhole at Storybook Forest Live characters will welcome and entertain your children with the magic of walking through a wonderland of classic storybook villages. Visit the home of Peter Peter Pumkin Eater, The Three Little Pigs, Humpty Dumpty and The Little Crooked Man. It's so much fun to travel through StoryBook Forest and become an interactive part of all these classic stories that have brought entertainment to many generations.

Idlewild Park, also known as the most beautiful theme park in the United States, is a family friendly Pennsylvania Amusement Park that will charm you with unique attractions that a family can afford to visit, eat and buy souvenirs without maxing your budget or credit card.






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StoryBook Forest Village

You'll find yourself reciting nursery rhymes and humming along to the many classic songs as you hold your child's hand and walk through the StoryBook Forest Village and browsing through houses, pumpkins, shoes and keyholes. When you visit a place like Storybook Forest you're only limited by your imagination.

The dreams of the creators of this magical storybook village, C.C. McDonald and Arthur Jennings became reality in 1956. McDonald was once the owner of Idlewild Park and Jennings was a performing clown. Together they built a beautiful StoryBook Forest for generations of children's classic book lovers to enjoy their favorite stories while interacting with their favorite characters.

Here is a list of what awaits the visitors to StoryBook Forest once inside:

  • Mother Goose (live character)

  • Little Red Schoolhouse

  • Raggedy Ann / Andy (live characters)

  • Little Miss Muffet

  • The Crooked Man's House

  • The Jolly Miller (Refreshments)

  • Three Men in a Tub

  • Huck Finn

  • The Good Ship Lollipop featuring Captain Candy (live character)

  • The Little Train That Could

  • Rock-A-Bye-Baby

  • Billy Goats Gruff

  • Mitzi Mouse

  • Ding Dong Bell

  • The Frog Prince

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears (live character)

  • Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Gepetto's Workshop - Pinnochio

  • Excalibur

  • Gwenevere

  • The Dragon

  • The Old Woman Who Lived In a Shoe (live character)

  • Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

  • Little Boy Blue

  • The Three Little Pigs

  • Jack and Jill

  • The Wishing Well

  • Hickety Pickety

  • Mistress Mary

  • Little Red Riding Hood (live character)

  • The Elf Pond

  • Mirror, Mirror

  • Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs (live character)

  • Jack Be Nimble

  • Peter Cottontail

  • Hickory Dickory Dock

  • Humpty Dumpty

  • Aladdin's magic Carpet

  • Old King Cole

  • The Talking Tree

  • Keyhole from Alice in Wonderland

  • A B C Blocks

  • Jack-In-The-Box

  • Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard (souvenir/giftshop)

StoryBook Forest at Idlewild Park is a beautiful start to your vacation. As you travel through the Allegheny Mountains you'll notice many roadside attractions. Take your time and visit our PA State Parks and other unique Pennsylvania Amusement Parks. You'll find small communities with Pennsylvania Festivals and Annual Events that will tempt you to lose track of time. Take your time and tour Central Pennsylvania you may be surprised at how the communities will make you feel welcome and right at home.



Directions To StoryBook Forest at Idlewild Park

  • From Pittsburgh: 50 miles - Route 376 Parkway East to the PA Turnpike to Exit #67 Irwin. East on Route 30 to Ligonier.

  • From Altoona: 60 miles - Route 220 South, Route 22 West, Route 219 South. West on Route 30 to Ligonier.

  • From Wheeling: 90 miles - East on Interstate 70, Route 119 North. East on Route 30 to Ligonier.

  • From Morgantown: 90 miles - North on Route 119. East on Route 30 to Ligonier.

  • From Cumberland: 70 miles - Route 220 North, West on PA Turnpike to Exit #91 Donegal. Route 711 North. West on Route 30 to Ligonier.




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