Nursery Rhymes & Fairy Tales Come To Life

Do you recall fairy tales such as Hansel & Gretel and Alice In Wonderland?  How about nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty and Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe?  Imagine if your children could experience these stories in real life and full size.  You’re in luck!

Located about 10 miles south of Salem, Enchanted Forest is a theme park with attractions inspired by Mother Goose, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Alice In Wonderland.  The park was created by Roger Tofte and opened in 1971.  It is still owned and operated by the Tofte family today.

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As you enjoy a nice, shaded stroll through the forest, you will pass attractions featuring well-known stories of your youth.  See how many you can remember.

One of the first sights along the path is Humpty Dumpty.  If you recall the rhyme, this display is only reminiscent of the first line.  Probably better that way.  Ironically, the original display was damaged in 2014 and had to be rebuilt.  Apparently, Humpty Dumpty could be put back together again.

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Notice the reference to the rebuilding of the display added to the end of the rhyme.

Next, you will come to the gingerbread house from the story of Hansel & Gretel.  Feel free to go inside and take a look around.  Just be sure the Old Hag doesn’t get you!

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Who wouldn’t be tempted to go inside?

Continuing on, you will arrive at a moment of decision.  Do I go down the rabbit hole or not?  Alice did…and ended up in Wonderland.  These brave explorers decided to go for it, too.

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What lies within? Only one way to find out…

Upon reaching the other side, a surprise awaited them…

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BOO!!!

Further up the path, you will encounter this iconic display.  Everyone remembers their encounter with this witch!

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Ermahgerd! A wertch!

Your trip down Storybook Lane concludes at the Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe.  The kids loved this one for obvious reasons.

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WHEEEE!!!

While well-known for its nursery rhyme and fairy tale displays, Enchanted Forest has other areas to explore as well.  Named after the park owners, Tofteville takes visitors on a trip back in time to the Wild West.

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Enchanted Forest Salem Oregon

This part of the park also has rides to enjoy.  They range from small kiddie rides to a large, fun water log ride.

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Who can pass up the opportunity to bump, crash, and race with none of the responsibility?
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Water, boats, crashing…what more could you ask for?
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Cleverly avoiding the traffic jam.
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Mini ferris wheel.
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Waiting in line for the log ride.
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We all know what’s coming.
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His expression says it all!

Ice Mountain Bobsled is also popular.  This ride runs you through ups and downs, tight turns through the trees, and at varying speeds.  It is really fun…we rode it three times.

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Ice Mountain Bobsled.  Photo credit: destinationsouth.net

Once we all had our fill of rides and attractions, we strolled through the Bavarian Village and took a break for ice cream in the food court area.

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Yet another diva moment.  Not the last, to be certain.  Stay tuned!
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Mmmmmm ice cream. What better way to end a fun day?

We really enjoyed our day at Enchanted Forest and I highly recommend it.  It was also a full-circle return trip for me, as my last visit here was when I was a child.  As my kids explored the attractions, memories of my visit here over 30 years ago came flooding back.  What a fun experience!

For more information, please go to:

Enchanted Forest Website


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