Haven’t I seen you somewhere before?

 

Although I grew up in Pennsylvania, the now legendary Fairyland of Gettysburg eludedFantasyland Brochure me.  The park opened in 1959 and operated through its closure in 1980. Being born in 1978 a 4 hour’s drive away, it just slipped right through my little toddler fingers. I only learned of its existence years later online. In all the pictures and promotional materials, I continued to see a towering figure; 23 feet tall and somewhat sinister. Mother Goose welcomed all guests with a big bowl of salad and a pained expression of discomfort. Her face looked more like a real mother’s than it did a fairy tale. She appears tired, irritated, and has somewhat masculine features. Her knobby cane emphasizes her agony further. Next to her, a curious goose, looking up at her (maybe interested in what is in the bowl) The more I dug, the more she started showing up. I found her scowl on brochures, souvenirs, and postcards.
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The statue’s face is strange and memorable. I recognized it immediately.

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I had seen this face before at Storybook Land in Egg Harbor.  I thought to myself “Huh-They actually made two of those!-Wonder what happened to the one that was in Gettysburg.”

The deeper I dug the more I found; and my initial assumption was wrong.

There were not two of these figures manufactured, there was just one, and she was made to be the focal point at the entrance of Fantasyland for Ken and Thelma Dick, who opened the park in 1959.

When it closed, most of the statues and figures were sold to other park owners. Many of them went to Indiana, but surely the largest, Mother Goose, presented a unique set of challenges. As it turns out, she made the  nearly 200 mile trip east from Gettysburg to the Jersey Shore, where she has continued to greet visitors at the entrance of a new park.

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Gettysburg lost a piece of its collective childhood when Fantasyland closed its castle doors, but thankfully, Mother Goose was not left to the bulldozers or the elements. She still greets the young visitors (and the young at heart). She is the first thing guests see when they walk through the gates of Story Book Land. She’s even got a spot for excited kids (like me) to pose with her…and her mysterious bowl of salad. The park has repainted her beautifully, even softening her face into a near Mona-Lisa smile. She’s blushing and has gotten her nails done. Her witchy-pointed hat has been shortened and flowers have been added. She seems happy to spend her old age here near the Atlantic Ocean.  Her goose friend is here too, still trying desperately to get her attention.

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Next time you are visiting Story Book Land take a  look at a piece of history from a park that didn’t make it. Fantasyland was less fortunate than Story Book Land which still operates today, but even through uncertain times, mothers always seem to find their way back to their children.

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And There He Kept Her Very Well

Since its almost fall on the east coast, and pumpkin EVERYTHING is about to start showing up at all restaurants and coffee shops, I thought we’d take a minute to look in on some of the pumpkin-dwelling residents of Kiddieland in today’s post.

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

Something about this nursery rhyme has always troubled me (and my Women’s Studies degree), but we don’t hide the truth here at Enchanted Kiddieland so we’re going to delve into this tale of the controlling husband and his poor pumpkin-imprisoned wife.  That said, I’m pretty sure this isn’t what Virginia Woolf had in mind when she wrote A Room of One’s Own.

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Enchanted Forest-A heavily medicated housewife peers out of her pumpkin prison

At the Enchanted forest, a listless housewife peers out of a tiny window in her locked up prison house. She was built in 1956 afterall, but at least she is entertained. Among the giant seeds, she keeps books in the kitchen of “207 Pumpkin Recipes”, but still has time to read her “Goose Housekeeping” magazine.  The numb smile on her face seems to indicate that she is heavily medicated, maybe to deal with the mundanity of her daily life, and  to cope with her imprisonment. Please don’t tell Betty Freidan about this.

 

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Holiday World (Call the Police)

At Holiday World, things aren’t looking much better. Here we have an inbred looking Peter with his adorable victim wife crammed in a way-too-small pumpkin house, (if you can even call it a house!) He has the look on his face that I imagine Lenny must have had when he was petting rabbits to death in Of Mice and Men. Meanwhile, she looks like a terrified horror movie victim whose motivation is “In this scene, you’re about to be baked into a pumpkin pie by a psychopathic kidnapper.” For the love of god,  can someone please help this woman?

 

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Magic Forest GUHHHHHHHH!

Alright, that wasn’t disturbing enough for you? Let’s just move on to some nightmare fodder courtesy of the Magic Forest. In this upsetting scene, our homely, green-haired, dead-eyed wife seems to have escaped her pumpkin prison, while her  husband, Peter stands half bent over in some sort of horrific gravity defying stance. Is he trying to run away from her? His ghastly mouth agape, with his disconcerting black wig barely covering a misshapen head, his hands covering his butt, all with a cross-eyed transfixed look of terror on his face. Meanwhile his wife stands by stoically balancing a pumpkin on the back of her poorly sculpted hand. Yeah, we don’t know either, but if I were you, I’d run…Something is about to go down.

 

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Storybook Forest HAAAAAY!

Now for a slightly calmer scene-Let’s swing by Storybook Forest. This wife appears to be on minimum security lockdown, as there are no padlocks, chains, or doors on her pumpkin. What a relief! Maybe that’s because she’s actually being held captive by a tiny pixie man. We photographed him twice, and he appears to have a flair for fashion, as he was spotted wearing a pastel yellow V-neck in the spring and a sassy little striped tank top in the summer. Despite the wide open doorways, there is however, a window covered with bars. Yeah, I don’t get it either, but I don’t think she’s very scared of him, she’s nowhere in sight and he seems less than concerned about it. We have reason to believe that his marriage might be a farce.

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Storybook Land- Pies for Days

What’s that? Another creep?-This crooked cane-carrying Peter stands guard outside his abode at Story Book Land prominently marked with the letter “P” on the door. He wants to make sure everyone knows who lives there. “You can’t miss it. Its the pumpkin shaped house, right next to the birthday cake shaped house. I’ll be standing outside in my pimp-hat and cane.” Sure, it looks cute from the outside, but inside a disheveled doll-wife is toiling away baking pies day and night. What kind of pies? Well, Pumpkin, naturally! At least it appears that in his infinite kindness, he has built her a little extra room to retire to, so when she’s done baking pies all day long and is sick to her stomach from the incessant smell of pumpkins, she can pop next door and relax insider her…other pumpkin house. Ugh. Nevermind.

 

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Storyland Everything is cuter in New Hampshire

That’s it, I can’t take anymore of this. Where is Gloria Steinem? Quick, someone please show me some pictures of a cute little small-world-esque  character peeking out of a round pumpkin window in her adorably decorated pumpkin house with wide open doors! OH, THANK YOU STORYLAND!

Ok, Finally, one that doesn’t make me want to call the police. This sweet little abode certainly has a woman’s touch; from the actual working ceiling fixtures (ooh, aaah!), to the sweet little place settings and the complimentary colors of her stove. The sweetest thing might be the working jack-o-lantern clock molded right into the wall. She’s also got a built in extension so she can really spread out here and as for location, her pumpkin house is perched atop a charming little rock bridge. This is finally one that will let me sleep soundly at night.

Feel better, everyone? Good. Now, I don’t know about you, but I could really go for a pumpkin spice latte, and maybe a piece of pie.

Pinocchio: The Wooden Puppet who Dreamt of Becoming a Real Boy

You know the story, The old woodcarver  named Gepetto makes a puppet, and the mischievous marionette wants nothing more than to become a real boy. He gets in a lot of trouble, tells a lot of lies, and learns some valuable life lessons . He gets a little help from a blue fairy and a talking cricket…who may or may not be killed by Pinocchio with a mallet (depending on the adaptation you’re most familiar with)  and eventually the boy becomes an upstanding citizen, and is allowed to fulfill his desire to be a real boy…or does he? In the original serialized version of text, Pinocchio is gruesomely hanged for his sins and lies and he dies at the end of the story.  Later when published as a children’s book, and at the request of the editors, a happier ending was substituted whereby Pinocchio gets his wish granted by the blue fairy and becomes a real boy. Really- I wouldn’t lie to you about this, my nose might grow!

Naturally a tale like this is perfect fodder for any story book park, and the Walt Disney 1940 film adaptation of this already canonized tale cemented the characters in American Children’s subconscious for all time. We’re going to take a look at  a few images of Pinocchio at parks from his Florentine roots to his familiar Disney appearance, and beyond, including those that are unofficially “inspired” by the look of the Disney version of this famous character.

Anyone that has traveled to Walt Disney World in Orlando with kids has probably felt that moment of panic at the Magic Kingdom when the kid’s pizza alarm goes off. There’s only one place in the park to get pizza, and if you use your Disney logic you’ll realize that since pizza is Italian, and Pinocchio is from Italy…OF COURSE-pizza can be found at Pinocchio’s Village Haus! The decor inside is themed like a small Italian cottage and is so charming featuring frescoes inspired by the film, and intricate wood cuts of the characters. (Bonus-if you sit near the windows you can see Small World boats pass by beneath you as you enjoy your meal!) I love the costumes worn by cast members and especially the little Pinocchio puppets held outdoors conveniently located at kid-height to lure you inside.

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Further North, Pinocchio can be found at Storybook Land in Egg Harbor, NJ-But you have to know where to look. Although impressive, this giant Pinocchio statue is only visible from the train, so all aboard for a sight at this giant puppet!

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Also in the Northeast, our friend Pinocchio can be found at the Enchanted Forest in Old Forge, but I want to you prepare you for the nightmare fuel that follows. This one is special as he takes his look from the literary world rather than the films. He is quite disturbing, not unlike some of the illustrations from the text. It doesn’t help that it was a gloomy rainy day when I visited him. Oh man, is he coming toward us? Don’t make eye contact.

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Ok, let’s try to get that image out of our heads for a moment, and go back to something a bit less unsettling. At Storybook Forest (Ligionier, PA) tucked in the forest of Pennsylvania, you may come upon a small house in the trees. If you’re lucky a peek inside the windows will show Gepetto’s workspace, along with his beloved Pinocchio, and a blue fairy doll hanging from the rafters with fishing line. Hey-I think its pretty awesome! The details inside are classic PA with real antique sewing machines and furniture, and a large bound copy of Pinocchio sitting on the desk.

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While we’re on the subject of wood carving, we can’t forget about the larger than life wooden Pinocchio at Storyland in NH that we covered in a past post about bootlegging Disney.

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Or the one we SHOULD have covered when talking about Whales, because-Pinocchio Sitting on Monstro in New Orleans-Duh.

Seems like everywhere we look, we see the little puppet boy. Here is is in a dark arcade in the middle of the day-probably skipping school, we also found him hocking his  70th Anniversary Blu Ray release, and climbing on top of a bakery roof in NJ (WE TOLD HIM NOT TO DO THAT!)

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One thing is for sure, we don’t expect to see him fading into the background any time soon. At Disney parks, you can still meet up with Pinocchio, Gepetto, or Jiminy Cricket for photos. They appear in giant shows like Fantasmic, and Jiminy even narrates the popular “Wishes” fireworks display at the Magic Kingdom. I caught up with the crew earlier in the summer at the brand new Festival of Fantasy parade which premiered at Walt Disney World in March 2014. Despite the parade spotlighting mostly new Disney princesses like the wildly popular Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Merida from Brave, and Repunzel from Tangled, our boy Pinocchio is holding his own. Here is is sitting proudly atop a Monstro float in this brand new parade, which leads us to believe he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!

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Pinocchio, seriously stop that. Stop kicking your feet like that. Do you even know how high that is? We told you not to do that! You’ll fall…man, this kid really never listens!

A Whale of a Tale to Tell!

WhalesForget Shamu, because whether it’s a retelling of Jonah and the Whale, Pinocchio’s Monstro or Moby Dick, many kiddie parks consider a big ol’ whale a centerpiece of their park’s landscape. We’re going to take a look at a few of these whales and try not to tell any fish tales in the process!

One of the best known (or at least most visited) whales is Disneyland’s Monstro from Pinocchio. Monstro is the finale to the  Storybook Land Canal Boats, and original 1955 attraction built based on Walt’s concepts. Riders board  a boat #2 and travel through miniaturized versions  of fairy tale settings made famous by Walt Disney Studios. This is still one of the most relaxing rides in the park, and its simplicity is its strongest point. There are  no special effects, no 3D glasses, and no loud noises. Just you, the calm water, and ultimately the whale! Monstro has had a few different paint jobs over the year as seen in image #1, 3, 5, and 8. It looks like once upon a time, Monstro actually bore the black and white markings of a Killer Whale #1. He’s since been softened and now has more of an appearance of a sperm whale #5.  In actuality the story tells of a killer dogfish, but I’d say the blue/grey color today is more accurate to the film version of our villain.

Whale #4 is Willie the Whale a sweet little friend from Children’s Fairyland in Oakland, California. This postcard from the 1950s shows what a draw it was for children. It seems like the entire group can’t wait to be swallowed whole! Willie still stands today, and he still blows water out of his blowhole and invites brave children to step into his mouth. In all honesty,  he doesn’t look very different than he did 60 years ago! Lookin’ good, Willie!   Willy the WhaleHowever, you can see what a difference a paint job can make, as #10 appears to be a very similar same mold, but with the addition of some terrifying eyebrows. Our #10 Whale hails from New Jersey’s Storybook Land, and he is somehow just not as friendly as his California Cousin Willie! I’m a big fan of this creepier paint job, but then again-I’m an adult who doesn’t have nightmares about being eaten alive by whales.

Whale #7 comes to us from Storyland in New Hampshire, and is probably our most adorable widdle whale. He is much smaller than most whales, and is actually in an itty bitty bath tub. Awww! Don’t you just want to take him home with you? ahem, moving on.

Photos #12 and #13 are two shots  the same whale at Conneaut Lake Park’s now defunct “Fairyland Forest” I don’t know about you, but I am sure that as a kid, I would have run up to that mouth and immediately yelled something stupid to hear my own echo inside. This guy is impressive and though its a little tough to see from these images, his tail pokes out on the other side of the lake, indicating his large body is submerged across the entire distance. A great use of perspective, making him seem simply massive!

Not to be forgotten is another “Willie the Whale”  at Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, PA.  This Willie (What’s with whales named Willie?) sailed from 1963-1967 and has since been out of commission. One  can still be seen at Dutch Wonderland near the Fun Slide.  Once a leisurely boat ride around the moat, Willie was later replaced by Swan boats in 1967. The swans sailed from 1967-1975, and the area is now home to “Dragon’s Lair” boat ride which uses log boats installed in 1975. Dragon’s Lair features an animatronic Duke the Dragon mascot poking his head out of a giant rock. WallytheWaleDutchWonderland

I saved my favorite whale for last, and that is simply because of the absurdity of the image where I initially saw him. Whale #6 is at Santa’s Village in Jefferson, NH. He once had some underwater friends like an octopus, a clam, and a few fish. He is enjoying a snack of one of Santa’s Helpers, while Santa and the kids stand by. Another helper can be seen surfing the whale’s tail! I loved this image so much, but when I went to see the whale, it just somehow wasn’t the same. See a bad side angle of our whale friend in #9. He seems to be recoiling in shame, now relegated to a spot behind a building, he has lost all of his friends, and now he just wants to be left alone! However, if you walk around the building a little bit, and you are patient with him, he will still give you a show.

And if you still can’t get enough whales, I dare you to get this tune out of your head, since its been swimming around my brain since I titled this post.

Happy Whale Watching until next time, and do try not to get swallowed up!

 

Tiny Kingdoms

When Walt built Disneyland, his imagineers used an optical illusion called “forced perspective” in order to make Sleeping Beauty’s castle appear much larger than it actually is. All this means is that the foundation is larger than the turrets, and as you walk down Main Street USA toward the castle, the buildings get smaller which in turn makes the castle appear larger from a distance. From the entrance gate it looks like a huge castle, but once you are standing next to it, it’s really not much taller than a large house. Disney liked  this optical illusion so much that it was used in every park that followed, including its other castles! Next time you are in Walt Disney World, note the windows on Cinderella Castle-they are actually incrementally smaller the higher up in the tower you go. This tricks our eyes and makes us think the building is much larger than it is. You can also see it put to good use in the recently erected Beast Castle in Fantasyland.

Some parks force this perspective a bit more than others, and the result is, at times, comical. I think it is fair to say that a good number of these quirky castles are more the result of limited space and resources than an attempt to create a dazzling special effect.

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Standing in a fountain (but we like to think of it as a moat) at the Great Escape in New England is the heart of what was formerly Storytown USA . This tiny castle is not much larger than a very elaborate doll house, but its charming pastel palette is very well maintained. This structure is a 2010 rebuild of the of the original Storytown castle, and we think its a very important gesture that the park re installed it after purchasing the land in 2006.

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Atop a stone hill sits a comparatively drab castle at the Magic Forest. This one does have an impressive amount of turrets and flags, so as tiny castles go, it’s not too shabby! There is something oddly majestic about this pint-sized kingdom!

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Storybook Land’s small castle is the epitome of 1960s kiddie park roadside kitsch. The exaggerated angles, the primary colors, and the overall strangeness of this castle makes it a favorite of mine. Goosey Gander’s Castle is put to good use as a home and pond for several geese to swim…and apparently poop.

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While we’re on the subject of 60s style, check out Sir Goony’s Castle at Sir Goony Golf in Lake George. A fair maiden looks out hoping you’ll make the shot as the drawbridge opens and closes on the green!

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She’s thinking “You’re totally not going to make this shot, and I’m going to die in this tower.”

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Wrapping up our architectural study of zany mid-century angles, we’ll make a visit to Cinderella’s Castle at Storyland. I’ve saved the best for last. Not only can you look upon this castle in all its 1960s glory, but you can also see a bit of forced perspective in action! You can see this castle from just about every point in the park, and it looks magnificent perched atop a winding hillside. You might be asking yourself, “How do I get to a castle high on a hillside?” Why, in your PUMPKIN COACH, silly! PumpkinCoach

That’s right-you can ride an electromechanical horse drawn carriage up the hill to the castle in a faraway land. Once you arrive, you might even be lucky enough to find a princess, and her famous glass slipper inside!

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Even if you don’t have a thing to wear to the ball,  We highly recommend hopping into this pumpkin coach, as it’s going to offer you a breathtaking view of the rest of the park! Some might even say it is a view fit for a king, a tiny king, but a king nonetheless!

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Oh My Achin’ Back! The Crooked Men of Kiddieland

If you spend as much time walking around parks as I do, eventually your feet will get sore and your back will start to hurt. Make sure you’re taking breaks or you could end up like today’s featured character-The Crooked Man! Before we knew about things like spinal curvature disorders or sciatica, we were entertained as children with tales of Crooked Men, living in crooked houses with crooked cats chasing crooked mouses.Today we’ll celebrate the simpler times when back pain was the stuff of kid’s stories, and not a reality of our lives! First up the silly crooked man from Storybook Land in New Jersey. Here he lives in his little green house.  almost makes you smile, even though his contorted body appears to be in extreme pain!  He must have some good pain killers. Are they causing him to hallucinate? It that kitten wearing a top hat and coat? Moving on. CrookedManStorybookl   Next we’ll check in on our Friend from Storybook Forest in Ligionier, PA. This park is always very well taken care of, and as you can see from the our Crooked Man’s home,  no detail was forgotten, from his pastel painted abode with a crooked lamp post leading up to his crooked entrance way, to the real wood interiors with uneven windows, pictures, and furniture. Everything here is pretty much perfectly imperfect. CrookedManStorybookF Something interesting that I realized when reviewing my photos is that the old man appears to have moved between my two visits. He used to lean against a fence in 2009, but by 2012, he was practically sitting on a some slate in an overgrown patch. Maybe he finally toppled over? Or maybe he just needed to rest his aching back. Looks like his (pregnant?) cat might have also run off. CrookedMan20092012 When we’re looking for creepy representations of Mother Goose, The Magic Forest never disappoints. Just about everything seems “off” about this scene. From the strange dancing animals, to the demonic dead yellow eyes of our Crooked Man. The best thing about this is that his house is a full size gravity house, where you can walk through and get that disorienting sense of confusion (as if you didn’t already have it after seeing these figures)

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You might think that Storyland doesn’t have a crooked man, but look again! At the entrance he is hard at work as a park employee, building the entranceway! He even has a mailbox and his cat is helping direct the crowds!

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Take note of the details here, because we think that the Crooked Man may have also helped out with building some of the signage in the park! StorylandSignCrooked

The Enchanted Forest in the Adirondack Mountains has a very old man, with a very sore back living in an extremely colorful house. Still, despite the bright colors, something about the man’s face is just very sad. I suppose I see why some of the other artists opted for a silly looking man in their interpretations of this story! CrookedManEnchForest

Recently, I learned is that many of these houses were frustrations to carpenters trained to build things at 90 degree angles. Some legends tell of contractors who walked off the job at kiddie parks when asked to build thing so structurally unstable. One such tale occurred in Maryland’s now defunct Enchanted Forest.  As Martha Anne Clark describes in her book “The Enchanted Forest, Memories of Maryland’s Storybook Park“One particular challenge was the Crooked Man’s house “A carpenter hired to complete the job walked off saying it was impossible to build. It was eventually completed in spite of the difficulty in finding carpenters who could build a house requiring them to go against all of their training”

 

Yet,thankfully-here they are, defying the laws of logic and the rules of building, Our crooked houses occupied by crooked men! EnchantedForestCrookedVintage We hope you enjoyed looking at our crooked houses!

 

Which one is your favorite?

I Wouldn’t Want to Walk a Mile in These Shoes!

Perhaps no one image epitomizes kiddie park architecture more than the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.  Here I’ll be looking at a few different shoe-homes in the themed lands I’ve visited!

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread;
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

At Storybook Land in NJ, You’ll find a familiar yellow shoe with a nice toe-front window, 2 ankle windows, and a protective roof.  As shoe houses go, this one is pretty luxurious! They’ve got a full kitchen and bedroom, and have even put up curtains! Step inside though, and you’ll find that the kids have run amok. If that isn’t bad enough, the stork is back again to bring mom yet more trouble!

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Storybook Forest in Pennsylvania seems to have used the similar layout for their shoe, same roof covered boot with laces hanging down, just enough to tempt little Timmy to climb up and harass his sister who is dangerously hanging out of the 2nd floor window. Ugh. Kids. The old woman here is played by a live actress, who frankly, wasn’t very old…but on the plus side, she did have a live baby goat in her lap! You can walk through this shoe, and as shoes over-run with kids go, this one is relatively tame.

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The shoe that has seen the most renovation is definitely in Storyland. The original shoe seen below in black and white, was a lot boxier, with doors and windows for children to climb inside, and to dangerously climb to its upper windows dangling appendages out! In the 1960s, the fiberglass shoe appears to have taken it’s place (maybe built around the original structure-does anyone out there in Kiddieland know?). The shoe that stands today has no laces, like most others but it does have sweet little overhangs, and window detailing. Unfortunately, some of its best architectural details (like a white picket fence around the toe, and a stork  flying overhead) are now gone. Colors have stayed relatively faithful to the vintage look, but it looks like some new shingles may have been added at some point over the years.

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Next up, Holiday World (Indiana) brings us a differently shaped shoe! A shorter apartment sized boot for a smaller family of 6. Still, the smiling mama seems like she has her hands full with 2 babies, one toddler (who can’t seem to stay dressed), and 2 older kids sliding down the side and throwing balls around. Mom lives in this very tiny home with no roof, and no windows. With these troublemakers in such a small space, it’s no wonder she has grey hair!

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Not to be out-done, the Magic Forest in NY has a giant red shoe in teh middle of the forest. Mom wisely sits in the top of the boot, keeping a close watch on her annoying little brats below. In an interesting choice, they have used real wigs on this figure. In 2009, she had a strange brown bob. By 2012, it looks like she let it grow out a bit, and something scared her so badly it turned her hair white. Maybe it is the LIVE SPIDERS LIVING IN HER WIG!!! Creepy as can be, and I love them for it.

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Storytown USA once stood nearby in Lake George. The park is now owned and operated by Six Flags, and most of the 1960s era kiddie attractions have been re moved. The vintage postcards on the left are from the fantastic site “The Imaginary World“. (used with permission). On the right is the shoe structure as it stands today. I would have loved to have seen it in it’s glory day, but I am happy it still exists and is relatively unchanged. Steps to the upper level have been removed, flower pots are gone, and there is no more bow peep to greet you. Still, I’m so happy it remains!

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Lastly, Our friends at Gooney Golf in Lake George  have added a simplified version of Old woman and her kids to their 19th hole.

I am pretty disappointed in myself because I know of another giant shoe at a golf course in Ocean City, NJ, but I have somehow never snapped a photo of it! Thank goodness for the internet! I’ll make that right for you and snap a photo on my next visit!

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Which one is your favorite?