Story Book Land past and present!

Ana and Jaxon on the ponies

Ana and Jaxon on the ponies

I mentioned that I have a few more pictures from the trip to Story Book Land. One of the differences that we noticed was where the little ponies are located. They used to be along the path to the right very near Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater’s pumpkin. Now they are located just outside Old MacDonald’s barn. The barn was always a favorite because it always includes a few live animals usually sheep or goats and sometimes even some pigs. I think I saw sheep this year, and a calf, but there was nothing else that I noticed. Keeping animals is probably much harder for the park because it means the need for the caregivers always watching over the animals. I just can’t imagine how many people are employed just keeping up the grounds with the lawns and the flowers.

Paulina and Jess way back when likely about 1997 or 1998

Paulina and Jess way back when likely about 1997 or 1998

We have an old picture of Jessica and Paulina on the ponies, and Paulina wanted to do it again, but Jess was not in the area when we were ready for the camera, so Victoria filled in. Notice the difference from then to now. HA!! They have grown up, I guess.

Paulina and Vic in 2016

Paulina and Vic in 2016

We also have some before and after pictures of the houses of the Three Little Pigs. They have not moved, but they have been upgraded a bit, at least the straw house seems different, but I do not have any pictures to prove my memory. Well, actually I have lots of pictures someplace, but where is another story. Someone will have a great job down the road in putting all of them together. I don’t know that I will be the one to do it. In the meantime. We have some pictures of the past and present to share of this area too. The big change is this is the area where the whole Wizard of Oz site was added.

Jessica organizing Ana and Jaxon beside the pig as Nate watches.

Jessica organizing Ana and Jaxon beside the pig as Nate watches.

The train tracks were initially put in around the park area then the Wizard of Oz site was added to the north. There is a hill that was added behind the brick house, and it is also a tunnel for the train to go through. You can also cross the train tracks by walking and when you go from the little playground area near the Three Little Pigs site across the tracks, you end up beside the Merry-go-round and a concession stand. By the time you make that walk the concession stand the tables with the large umbrellas become your favorite part of the park.

Jess, Vic and Paulina at the twig house.

Jess, Vic and Paulina at the twig house.

The picture to the right is not high quality because I took a picture of a picture, but here you get the idea of what they looked like. Also note the trees and flat area behind the house.

Twig house seems to be on a different slab.

Twig house seems to be on a different slab.

The little thumbnail beside here shows what this house looks like in 2016. A bit of a difference in the background for sure. Behind it is the Kansas corn field of the Wizard of Oz part of the park. I can also see some difference in the slab it is on and the placing of the plaques. I actually sort of wonder if the entire house might be different. Now I wish I had paid better attention. Interesting, we used to visit once a year, now it has been since Jaxon was in a stroller that we were there, so I am not surprised it has changed. What fun the place is to visit, that is all I can say for sure. What has been your big summer fun? Sure would love to hear about it.

 

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  1. stitchinggrandma
    Aug 15, 2016 @ 22:52:22

    How fun to take the trip again with your grandchildren!

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