Location: Glen, NH
Story Land is a small theme park geared towards younger children. It is located in town of Glen, New Hampshire. The park opened in 1954 when its original owners, Bob and Ruth Morrell, had purchased many handmade dolls created in Germany by Frau Edith Von Arps. The lovely dolls were based on storybook characters and are used as the basis for the park. When the park first opened, it had just one ride but quickly expanded to include over 20 rides by the year 2000.
The Morrells bought some land in Glen and with some help from the community, they constructed the colorful buildings around the park then opened for business. It was hard for the park in the ever changing economy but through hard work, dedication, resourcefulness, and continuous perseverance, Story Land has continued to grow.
Story Land always was a true family business. Ruth Morrell was in charge of the park’s gift shop, among other duties. Bob Morrell played host to guests making sure everyone in attendance in the park was having a good time. Even their children had a role in the park operations. For example, their daughter Nancy played a character called Mistress Mary, who could be found in her garden each day. The Morrell’s son Stoney took on the family business until 2006 when he passed away. At this time, parents who enjoyed the park as children are now bringing their children to enjoy the park.
Today, Story Land still amuses families and young children but with the addition of their new attractions, can appeal to older thrill seeker as well. The park has grown to include additional rides and action areas, shows, and characters of many types. The very first ride the park had was a fire truck ride. Currently, the park has the Huff, Puff and Whistle Railroad, a train ride that also serves as s shuttle through the park, Flying Fish, a flying scooter ride, classics such as Alice's Tea Cups, Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach, Pirate Ship Buccaneer, Antique German Carousel, Great Balloon Chase, Antique Cars along with classic flume and river rides such as Dr. Geysers Remarkable Raft Ride and Bamboo Chutes, among other rides to please the crowds.
There are also coasters. Right now there is Polar Coaster. This 1987 steel Morgan Hopkins terrain coaster is themed to penguins and walruses and is sure to please the crowd. New in 2014 is the park’s new wooden coaster. Gravity Group is working nn creating Roar-O-Saurus, which will step up the thrills for park goers with this 40 feet tall coaster.
Unlike many of the larger parks, Story Land can be enjoyed on a budget. It has an affordable admission fee, inexpensive food prices, while parking, strollers, wheelchairs, and pet kennels are all free. You can’t find that in many places. In 2007, the park was sold to Kennywood Entertainment then in 2009, it was fell under the control of Palace Entertainment, the American division of Parques Reunidos, a company that is committed to maintaining the high quality value, commitment to family, and entertaining young and old alike that has been the motto of Story Land for years. “Where Fantasy Lives”.
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