Idlewild, Ligonier Valley History, Pennsylvania History, Western Pennsylvania Amusement Parks, Westmoreland County history

Once Upon A Rumpus: Idlewild’s Lost Dark Ride

Did YOU ever have a Rumpus? Please check out my expanded history of Idlewild’s lost dark ride, the Rumpus, courtesy of Laff in the Dark.

Thank you to Bill Luca and George LaCross of Laff in the Dark for the opportunity to share the story of the Pretzel Amusement Ride Company attraction that was destroyed by a fire just after Idlewild Park opened for the 1947 season.  More than 70 years later, we’re still wondering about this intriguing dark ride that spooked park guests for just a decade. Images courtesy of Idlewild and SoakZone, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Inc., the Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association, Mike Mesich, Mike Funyak, John Smetanka and Mark Clemens. Thanks also to Ina Mae Smithley, the late Harry Frye and the late Connie Deemer for sharing their memories of the Rumpus.

If you have more information or images to the add to the history of Idlewild Park’s Rumpus dark ride, please contact me!


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