We visited Storybook Forest, Racoon Lagoon, & Soak Zone on Sun. July 1st (holiday weekend) & were VERY disappointed. My husband & I have been going to Idlewild since we were children when the park was brand new, so we remember what a clean, quaint, well manicured & maintained park it was. It continued to be so until the last 5 years or so. We took our granddaughter along with our son & daughter in law & daughter. Our children also grew up with annual trips to Idlewild. Our daughter in law had never been there & we told her what a great park it was & were anxious to share it with her. We arrived in the afternoon & went to Storybook Forest first, since they close the earliest. We found the little buildings to be in need of cleaning/paint/maintenance, along with general messiness of the grounds. Some of the buildings were closed & the only characters were in the castle, not with their corresponding story. We then went to the Daniel Tiger attraction since that was what our granddaughter was most excited about. It was closed due to maintenance issues. So we went on to the Soak Zone & spent 1-2 hrs. there. Why is the large slide still standing if it is not in use? It is an eyesore. We returned back to Daniel Tiger & found it was still closed. We spent another hour in the area, checking back frequently to see if it was open & finally right before it was to close, they were letting people in to be in line. Within the next few minutes, they informed us the trolley was out of order again. Our granddaughter, along with many other little ones was really disappointed. There were 3-5 other rides that were not operating in Raccoon Lagoon also. There really seems to be a maintenance issue at the park. We left at 9PM & our parking lot was almost empty. Previously, when we visited the park, rides operated after dark & the majority of visitors left the park at closing, with a feeling of a day well spent, enjoying the atmosphere of a well run, beautiful, very special place instead of feeling disappointed & frustrated. We saw signs in the park stating that it is the Best Kid's Park in the World....maybe in the past.....not anymore. So sad.
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