On top of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a contentious presidential election, Western Pennsylvania amusement park fans last recently received the disheartening news that Idlewild and SoakZone in Ligonier and Kennywood in West Mifflin would both be retiring several longtime attractions. I wrote about the impending loss of Idlewild's Ferris Wheel, kiddie Rainbow Wheel and… Continue reading Ferris Wheel among rides set for retirement at Idlewild and SoakZone
Tag: Western Pennsylvania Amusement Parks
War and Pandemic: A History of Idlewild Closures
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has certainly made the 2020 season an unprecedented one for Idlewild and SoakZone, with the park’s nearly two-month delay in opening and its new health and safety protocols for guests and employees. Originally scheduled to open on Saturday, May 16, Idlewild will now open to the general public on Saturday, July… Continue reading War and Pandemic: A History of Idlewild Closures
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… Continue reading Once Upon A Rumpus: Idlewild’s Lost Dark Ride
Seeking Stories & Photos for New Book on Western Pennsylvania’s Lost Amusement Parks!
I'm pleased to announce my next book project! I am seeking stories, documents and photographs for a forthcoming book from The History Press that will share the histories of the lost and forgotten amusement parks that once brought communities together across Western Pennsylvania. Tentatively titled Lost Amusement Parks of Western Pennsylvania and slated for publication… Continue reading Seeking Stories & Photos for New Book on Western Pennsylvania’s Lost Amusement Parks!
Ligonier Valley Library’s Pennsylvania Room 2019 Historic Photography Show to feature Idlewild Park
I'm pleased to announce that Idlewild Park is the subject of the 2019 Historic Photography Show at the Ligonier Valley Library's Pennsylvania Room! I'll be guest curator of this wonderful annual exhibit that will also feature documents, memorabilia and other items featuring Pennsylvania's oldest operating amusement park. Please contact me if you'd like loan anything… Continue reading Ligonier Valley Library’s Pennsylvania Room 2019 Historic Photography Show to feature Idlewild Park