New Jersey’s Iconic Fairytale Forest Is Back And Better Than Ever

I grew up going to Fairytale Forest, a whimsical New Jersey theme park that delighted generations. First opened in 1957, family after family came to enjoy the postcard-perfect play area, inspired by the storybooks we all know and love. Visitors could find Hansel and Gretel’s house, Rapunzel’s tower, Humpty Dumpty’s wall, and other spectacular scenes, along with a variety of rides. Sadly, the park closed in 2005.

Over the years, the site served as a storage facility (which still takes up a portion of the park), BBQ restaurant (Hot Diggity Dog, now closed), and more. Many visited the abandoned attraction, some to take photos, others to vandalize. However, the property has always been cared for to some extent by its owners. In 2015, the decision was made to reopen. There’s a new vision for the park, one I look forward to exploring.

I’m excited to get photos of the all new Fairytale Forest but in the meantime, I’ll reminisce. The nostalgia is strong with this incredible video shot on-site by Antiquity Echoes in 2011.

You can find this attraction at 140 Oak Ridge Road, Oak Ridge. For updates on the renovation, visit their website here. Are you excited for the newest incarnation of Fairytale Forest? Do you have any memories you can share with us? For a look at another fairytale-inspired theme park in New Jersey, click here.