An Interactive Fairy Tale




Seen through a camera lens.Generations of New Englanders haven't needed to trek to Florida to check out Cinderella's glass slippers. Predating Disney Land by a year (1954), Glen's Story Land still charms little princes and princesses with scenic rides in a horse-drawn pumpkin carriage.

North Conway's Bob and Ruth Morrell founded Story Land as a low-tech amusement park inviting children to interact with their favorite fairy tales. Kids could wave to Humpty Dumpty before his fall, sit on Little Miss Muffet's tuffet and scope out real animal versions of Peter Rabbit and the Three Little Pigs.

The secret to Story Land's longevity has been targeting young families with children under 10, a much easier demographic to impress than fickle technology-saturated teens. Even the thrill rides are grandma-friendly in terms of speed

Jim Miller is the park's former general manager and his insider connections deliver a treasure trove of classic photographs in the recently released "Images of America: Story Land" [Arcadia Publishing, $21.99]. He reveals that the original Old Woman in the Shoe home was laced with an old firehose and shares why the Little Black Sambo carousel was discontinued (Shocker: It was considered insensitive).

The park is now owned by a Spanish conglomerate that runs seven theme parks and 10 water parks in the U.S., including Water Country in Portsmouth.

- by Darren Garnick

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Popular Articles

  1. Best of NH 2015 Shops and Services
    From gorgeous flower arrangements to quality pet care you can trust, the 2015 Best of NH Shops...
  2. Best of NH 2015 Fun and Adventure
    The Best of NH 2015 is filled with things to do and see from cooking classes and our favorite...
  3. Vaping in New Hampshire
    SubStyle Vapors on Main Street in Concord and lounges in Penacook and Plymouth offer communal...
  4. Living with Asthma
    Some people say that it feels like a heavy weight is bearing down on their chest. Others compare...
  5. Guide to Finding Great Oysters in the Granite State
    Whether you're a buck-a-shuck regular or new to the world of oysters, here's what you need to...
  6. Best of NH 2015 Food Odds and Ends
    In this section of 2015's Best of NH you'll find this year's best new restaurant, where to eat...
  7. Best of NH 2015 American & Seafood Restaurants
    In this section of 2015's Best of New Hampshire you'll discover where to find the best burger,...
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags