|New Jersey Fairy Tale Parks (page 2)|
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Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Storybook Land opened in 1955. It features a 20 foot tall Mother Goose, various structures with interior dioramas depicting different fairy tales, "performing" goats, kiddie rides, and misting stations for hot days. The Mother Goose came from Fantasyland in Gettysburg, PA which opened in 1959 and closed in 1980. The restaurant has lots of old photos and brochures of the place. All of the buildings at Storybook Land are lit up with thousands of lights for the Christmas season. For more, see this website.
There was a very similar looking park called Storyland Village in Neptune, NJ (northeast of this place). I'm not sure which was built first or if there was any connection or copying. For more, see this website.
Gingerbread Castle opened in 1930. Costumed characters led tours of the fairy tale theme park. It closed in 1976. New owners operated it from 1986-1993 when the interior was damaged by fire. The buildings fell into great disrepair after that and was used during the Halloween Season as the Haunted Castle.
In 2002, local residents began restoring the place. In 2004, the Castle was selected by the Hampton Inn to be restored through their Save-a-Landmark program. However, the restoration was never completed and the property is available for sale again. It was put up for auction on eBay in 2006 and didn't receive any bids. It was finally auctioned off by the Sheriff's Department in 2007. Since then, the place has deteriorated further and been the target of vandalism. I believe Humpty Dumpty has fallen from his wall.
There was a reception area building across the street which was also abandoned when the Castle closed. It reopened as a restaurant known as "Frank's Castle Grill" during the Castle's renovation. However, it has been closed since around 2005. There are remains of a petting zoo and dinosaurs behind the former restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.
NJ Fairy Parks
Fairy Tale & Santa Parks
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