Saturday, August 30, 2014
Welcome to Storyland, in lovely Glen, New Hampshire (surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest)! Storyland opened in 1954; this charming little park started out with a single ride - an old fire truck! But owners Bob and Ruth Morrell collected dolls based on German storybook characters, and these dolls inspired Bob and Ruth to add tableaus populated by characters from various fairytales, fables, and "Mother Goose" stories.
There's Humpty Dumpty. Did you know that the famous rhyme never actually describes Mr. Dumpty as an egg? But that's how he's always portrayed.
Say, that old woman doesn't live in a shoe, she lives in a shoe-shaped house. That's only 45% crazy! Notice Mr. Stork delivering another bundle of joy. "…She had so many children, she didn't know what to do". Somebody needs to give her a good talking to.
I like the way this fairytale castle has a wonky "Toon Town" vibe to it. I wonder who that beautiful, blue-gowned princess is supposed to be? I say it's Cinderella.
It's hard to tell, but that looks like some sort of pumpkin coach in front of the red and white-striped awning. Yes, that's what it is alright. Vehicles made of gourds are my favorites.
There's the crooked man with his crooked house (and presumably, the crooked cat and crooked mouse)! Storyland looks like it was full of charm and whimsey.
And, Storyland is still around today, though greatly changed from the days of today's photos. Now it has over 20 rides on some 35 acres. Some of the rides include the "Antique Cars", the "Turtle Twirl", the "Polar Coaster", "Alice's Tea Cups" (say what?), Swan Boats, a Carousel, and lots more.
I hope you have enjoyed your visit to Storyland!
Note: I am out of town for a few days; but don't let that stop you from leaving a comment!