Rock n Roller 18: Story Land

There is a little park in the middle of New Hampshire that has been around for a very long time. It is Story Land. When we spent the week at The Christmas Farm Inn just up the road we had no idea that there was a theme park in the area.

This was a paradise for a little kid. Heck big kids for that matter. As we waited in a long line for the park to open at ten, there was a constant buzz brewing with kids hyped up on sugar, plenty of moms wearing, well, Mom Jeans, and dads with fannypacks, sleeveless shirts, sandals with socks, and bluetooth headsets in their ears. It was the middle of summer in New Hampshire and it was pretty warm but that does not give you carte blanche to dress like a dork.

Hopefully Michele and I will get a pass on our outfits since we were wearing match-y same color blue shirts. We didn’t do this intentionally. If you have ever been to a theme park you know what I am talking about. You will often see a busload of snot-nosed pre-teens wearing blaze-orange t-shirts. What do they think, its hunting season?

As we worked our way up to the front of the line we came across a grandpa that was scalping tickets to the park. His story claimed that he bought extras. Isn’t that what they all say?

We made it inside and the kids around us went wild, running in every direction. Moms and dads were screaming for little Johnny and Julie but the kids didn’t mind and paid them no attention. I guess that is why they have a little booth that issues honest-to-goodness driver’s licenses for little kids, not only gives them access to the rides but also to use–and I am speculating here–if they are pulled over by the park patrol for running at breakneck speeds.

The park is laid out in different sections like all of the fairytales. You have Mother Goose, Cinderella’s castle where you can have tea, the Three Little Pigs with three little pigs in their little brick, straw and stick houses. We also had Little Miss Muffet where you could sit on her tuffet–oh behave!

Just a side note, did you know that Disney has a racket on their characters portrayed in other theme parks? Cinderella wasn’t allowed to have blonde hair here at Story Land so the kiddos had to settle for a dark haired vixen. We were a long way from Walt’s lair up here in the Green Mountains but the Mouse still rules with an iron-fisted white glove. It’s true look it up…

There were two coasters in the park. The first one was the Polar Coaster. It is really a kiddie coaster but it has a few thrills.

The second was much more fun! It was Roar-O-Saurus. It was designed and built by the coaster company The Gravity Group for Story Land’s unique natural setting, it is the only wooden roller coaster of its kind in northern New England. Roar is the major component of Story Land’s new dinosaur themed section. What kid doesn’t love dinosaurs right?

The wood coaster takes just 12 passengers led by Story Land’s newest member, ‘Rory” the little Dino with a big roar! It was built in 2014 with a track length of 1,242 feet and a lift height of 40 feet. It does have some amazing airtime for a kiddie woodie with 12 spots. Michele loved this one and it is in her Top five woodies right now.

After the coasters and walking around the park we headed over to the log flume. We always wait until last to ride the water rides. Who in the heck wants to walk around in wet clothes? Bamboo Chutes was very well themed with some impressive asian-insprired landscaping. It was your typical up and down flume but like always I got wet!

We were out of the park by two with a thunderstorm threatening above. I am glad we found this little park and added a couple coasters to our credits that we probably would have missed if we hadn’t stayed at the Inn. I encourage all of you to check out the woodie. It is a fun one that I am sure you will enjoy!

 

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