American History, Idlewild, Ligonier Valley History, Pennsylvania History, Westmoreland County history

Idlewild’s Opening Day

Today, Saturday, May 19, 2018, marks the official opening day for Idlewild and SoakZone’s 141st season!

Although the park has already hosted some events this year and the once-separate Story Book Forest used to open the first weekend in May, traditionally Memorial Day weekend marked the formal opening of the park each year, back to when it served as a simple picnic grounds. Today would be akin to one of the early “look in” days that decades ago the park would host, notably in the 1930s, when “picnickers will be given an opportunity of viewing the improvements made to the park since it closed last fall.” The park has limited operations this weekend and next but will be open seven days a week starting June 1st.  I’m looking forward to seeing the new children’s escape room, checking out the upgraded souvenir stand in Olde Idlewild (hopefully my book is there!), munching on Auntie Anne’s pretzels and welcoming Rollo Coaster back over Memorial Day weekend.

Please enjoy some newspaper advertisements from past season openings!

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