The beginning of Enchanted Forest Theme Park began as a dream for the owner, Roger Tofte. After several jobs and a stint in the Navy, he started working for the State of Oregon as a draftsman and artist. By this time Roger and his wife had four children and found that there wasn't much to do in Salem, Oregon for families. This is when he started designing his theme park. The family worked on it together and they used every last dime they had to build the park. It finally opened in August of 1971 after one bank loaned them the final two thousand dollars they needed. The theme park has grown over the years and continues to be a family owned business.
The theme park is open March through September at 10:00 am. The rides and Haunted House open at 10:30 am. General admission to the park is $9.95 for adults, $8.95 for seniors 62+, $8.95 for children ages 3-12 and children under two are free. Enchanted Forest accepts Visa and MasterCard for admission and at the gift shops. Cash can be attained at the ATM machine on the grounds.
There is a charge of eighty cents a ticket for the rides; Mondor's Challenge and Big Timber Log Ride take four tickets. Ice Mountain Bobsleds, Haunted House, and Bumper Cars need three tickets to ride. Two tickets are needed for Frog Hopper, Kiddy Ferris Wheel, Kiddy Bumper Boats, and the Kiddy Train. If you want to Pan for Treasure it is one ticket. Children under two will need tickets to ride on the rides.
Visitors can also get ride bracelets which are priced as follows: Adults and Teens are $22.95 plus the entrance fee, Children over 40'' are $22.95 plus the $8.95 admission, Children from 36'' to 40'' are $16.95 plus $8.95 admission. This bracelet doesn't include some of the rides, so check at the gate.
Children of all ages like to visit Storybook Lane which is the original part of the Enchanted Forest Theme Park. There is the Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe slide, Humpty Dumpty on a Wall, Alice in Wonderland's rabbit hole and the Crooked House. Guests enter through a beautiful castle.
Tofteville Western Town has a shooting gallery, a place to pan for gold, Fort Fearless, Indian caves, tunnels and passageways. There is also shopping at the Opera House and General Store. The Haunted House is a favorite of everyone; however, it is suggested that those who scare easily might want to avoid the ghostly manor.
In the Old World Village England comes alive. There are animatronics involved in this area, Pinocchio's Playhouse has hands on fun and a perpetual motion machine resides in Sir Newton's Gravity Factory. This area features the Blackbird Pie Show and Fantasy Fountains which is a light show. Mondor's Challenge, an interactive ride is located in this area of the park. The light show is repeated every fifteen minutes and has more than 350 water jets.
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