Enchanted Forest Amusement Park

10010 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043 USA

Permanently Closed

This location is permanently closed.

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“An Abandoned Amusement Park”

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

The Enchanted Forest is a now-closed theme park in Ellicott City, Maryland, on U.S. Route 40 (Baltimore National Pike) near the intersection with Bethany Lane. Other theme parks with the same name have since opened elsewhere. The Enchanted Forest officially opened on August 15, 1955, following a preview party the afternoon before — one month after Disneyland Park's opening. Appealing mostly to families with small children, the park had a nursery rhyme theme.

The park featured fairy tale buildings and characters, but no mechanical rides originally. Track rides were added later, including the Alice in Wonderland ride with teacup-shaped cars, a Cinderella's castle ride with mice for the cars, the "Little Toot" boat that took children to Mount Vesuvius for giant slides, and the Jungleland Safari which was driven by open Land Rover-type vehicles. Children's birthday parties were often held in the picnic areas among the attractions; many local teenagers worked as ticket-takers at the park. Unlike many other attractions of the time, the Enchanted Forest was integrated from the day it opened.

Admission was one dollar for adults and fifty cents for children. At opening, the park was 20 acres (81,000 m2), but it later expanded to 52 acres (210,000 m2). At the height of its popularity, the Enchanted Forest welcomed 300,000 children per summer season. After its original owners, the Harrison family, sold the park for $4.5 million to JHP Development in 1988, the park closed for the first time in 1989. After turning more than half the land (primarily the parking lots) into the Safeway-anchored Enchanted Forest Shopping Center in 1992, JHP Development reopened the park for the 1994 summer season, predominantly for children's birthday parties.

From when the park was permanently shuttered in 1995, to 2005 when active preservation began, much of the theme park sat undisturbed yet neglected behind a chain-link fence. In 1999, the Friends of the Enchanted Forest was formed with the goal of reopening the park and then in 2003 the Enchanted Forest Preservation Society was formed with the long-term goal of reviving the Enchanted Forest.[2] Their work focused on preventing the artifacts from being lost forever. The owner of the land, Kimco Realty Group, agreed in 2004 to allow most of the fairy tale structures and figures to be moved to nearby Clark's Elioak Farm for display and preservation. Moving and restoration began in 2005. Contributions were still being welcomed in 2011, although many of the exhibits had been restored and returned to service at the farm.

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Reviewed by
gma214

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
September 21, 2015
Rated 1.0

It's all gone now! Nothing to see here folks

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Reviewed by
Adrian Wyatt

  • 7 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
January 28, 2014

Don't lose hope! They only tore the dilapidated parts down and are now restoring it to its former glory! Just be patient, folks! :)

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
crisystar

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 11, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfFF6BDb8PQ

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Enchanted Forest Amusement Park

10010 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, Maryland
21043 USA

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