|New Jersey Fairy Tale Parks (page 1)|
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|Fairy Tale Forest|
Oak Ridge, NJ
Hot Diggity's Fairy Tale Forest opened in 1957. It had eight acres of shaded pathways leading to more than 20 cottages. Each cottage contained a fairy tale diorama, including some with taxidermied animals (e.g., "The Rabbit School" and "The Seven Kids"). Other fairy tales depicted included: Cinderella, The Three Pigs, Hansel & Gretel, Pinocchio, and Peter Pumpkin Eater.
Paul Woehle, Sr., a German immigrant, started building Fairy Tale Forest in 1955 at the age of 40. The cottages were all designed and made by Woehle and his two sons. There were also kiddie rides, magic shows, story-telling, and roaming costumed characters. In addition, there was a gift/candy shop and snack bar in the main building. These photos are from 2003. The place closed later that year and was unsuccessfully put up for sale. As of 2007, the place was still there but had been ravaged by vandals. In 2012, volunteers began restoring the park. There was still work going on in 2017 and 2018. It was hoped that the park would reopen in 2019 but that hasn't happened yet. The Fables Restaurant & Marketplace are expected to open at the former park soon. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]
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