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“Fun Park for kids 3-8...Disney Travelers Adjust expectations way down...”

Idlewild & SoakZone
Ranked #2 of 12 things to do in Ligonier
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Owner description: With something for everyone, Idlewild & SoakZone is rated the Best Kids Park in the World by Amusement Today magazine, and rated Best Park for Families by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. With two parks in one, this is what family fun is all about! The oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania, Idlewild & SoakZone offers a delightful day of fun for every member of your group. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, having a party, hosting a company picnic, or spending quality time with family and friends, Idlewild & SoakZone helps make everything easier and hassle free with party packs and catered event menus. Attractions that include the Rollo Coaster, SoakZone, Storybook Forest and so much more make Idlewild & SoakZone the place to be for everyone young and old!
Reviewed September 21, 2010

If you are a frequent Disney traveler then you definitely need to adjust your expectations before going to this park. We are a family of four with kids 5 and 7 and took them to Idlewild in August 2010. This park is one of those classic amusement parks of yesterday which boasts tons of historical value. The park featured older style rides, aging buildings (the restrooms need redone & kept clean as they were dirty), and lots of mature trees overhead. Our kids really enjoyed most of the rides & things to do in the park (especially the Wild Mouse) but were almost too big for the Raccoon Lagoon section. Storybook forest was neat & the Mr. Roger's neighborhood ride was fun. Overall, it's an fun little amusement park to take your young family to & is a decent value for the money. Dining inside the park is available but the food isn't that great except for the food served at the Mine Shaft Kitchen (which is good). You can also take your own food inside the park if you like.

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Reviewed September 8, 2010

We took out 3-year old to this park and it was the perfect place for him. He could ride almost everything (except a few of the larger rides) and loved the special little kid's area. The little kid's area had tons of "fair type" rides for little kids and some rides we had never seen before. He loved them all, even if he had to wait in line for a little bit. The park is very clean and very family friendly. It doesn't have the huge rides so you don't have the teenage crowd, which is great if you have a litle one and don't want to deal with bad language etc. from teenagers. Lots of bathrooms that were clean, lots of food choices, and plenty to do! There are so many rides and things to see that we didn't even make it to the water park located at the back of the park! We highly recommend this park if you have little ones under the age of 10, they will have the most fun! Parents can do everything with the kids, so that makes it even more fun for everyone!

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Reviewed June 29, 2010

My son and I had a wonderful time. Both Idelwild and Soak Zone are top notch. I love that you pay before you park, making the parking lot part of your experience - no need for hand stamping or other pass-out pass-in convolusions if you need to drop off stuff at your car or get your swim stuff when it is time for Soakzone. The staff, BTW, is excellent as well. I have no negatives to report.

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Reviewed June 28, 2010

A few weeks ago, our family (including a 2 year old child) had the pleasure of spending a Sunday afternoon at Idlewild Park and Soak Zone in Ligonier, PA. What an enjoyable day! The park was clean, the lines were short and the staff was super friendly. We arrived around 11am and I believe the park opened at 10. As you drive up, payment is due and all major credit cards accepted. We had $8 off coupons(from our Time Warner bill) and our 2 year old was free. Normal prices for adults are 29.99, but with the coupon 21.99 each. Parking is free. Once we had paid, we drove in and parked near the picnic pavilions. We loaded up the stroller with snacks, drinks, sunscreen, beach towels, and swimsuits.

You are permitted to bring in your own food and drinks which is so nice and saves a lot of money. There are many shady places in the park to enjoy your lunch/dinner. If you don't want to bring your own food; there are plenty of places to find a meal: pizza, roast beef hoagie, fries, kettle corn, funnel cakes, lemonade etc. They offer a big plastic cup for $6 that can be refilled for 99cents at almost every food station in the park.

The best part of Idlewild is the fact that even my 2 year old had fun and was able to go on tons of rides/attractions. Our favorite areas were the Soak Zone with the toddler pool and water pipes/hoses. We played there for over an hour. They have changing rooms, family bathrooms and free life jackets to wear while you are there. We also enjoyed Jumpin Jungle with the giant ball pit, slides and ropes to climb. The train ride and trolley rides are nice when the kids start getting tired. We strolled through StoryBook forest right before it closed.

Check your map as you enter the park. Many areas close at different times...some starting at 5 and others later at 6 or 7.

The park is a nice size, but you won't tire out walking around. Lots to see and do and a great day of fun that doesn't break the bank!

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Reviewed June 16, 2010

THis park would be a 5 - excellent if it weren't for the lousy food service. We ate at three different venues and every one we had a long wait and bad service! They (like most parks) use teenagers so you expect not great service - but, o for 3 is pretty bad.
The back porch - near Soakzone - there was maybe 10-15 people in front of us - looked like a semi short line compared to how long the corridor was... it barley moved a person in 5 mins!? They forgot two items on my tray and it took us well over 30 mins to get through the line... good chicken though! My chicken ceasar salad was LOADED with cheese - maybe too much. Nice size kids meal.
There just seems to be no management or adult supervision for these kids and they seemed undertrained; which leads to long waits and wrong or incomplete orders.
That being said - the food is pretty good for amusement park food.
Park is clean and well shaded. This is our 2nd year there. It was pretty busy both days (June 12/13); but, we managed to skip the real busy lines and hit them when they were less busy. Get there early if you can - park opens at 10:30 - only storybook forest and a very few rides are open (Merry go round) - get in line for "bigger" rides by 10:55 and you can get in a lot of rides by 11:45 when the park starts to get crowded.
Nice family changing rooms/bathrooms in Soakzone. Not all have chaning tables.......... bathroooms could use another mirror or two - and they are dark.
This is an old park - but, it has been well maintained.
The Racoon Lagoon's cottontail derby (bumper cars) is being refurbished - bummer, the only ride my son didn't get to ride last year - he was looking FW to this year. The one raft ride in soaksone closed both days - not sure why?
Lots of grassy areas in water park and plenty of chairs.
If going two days in a row - go to guest services on the first day to sign up for $16 next day tickets. I bought my tiks from AAA and saved about $9 a ticket (?). Giant Eagle has discount tiks and there was a promo for Sheetz for BOGO on weekdays.

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