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Idlewild & SoakZone, Ligonier

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
Inspirock Rating:
3.3/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
Half theme park and half water park, Idlewild & SoakZone offers a mix of adventure areas, dry rides, and waterslides. Named “Best Children’s Park in the World” by Amusement Today, the park also stands as the oldest theme park in Pennsylvania. In Storybook Forest, young children can interact with characters from their favorite fairy tales. Take a ride on the classic Rollo Coaster for more of a thrill. Cool down in the wave pool, lazy river, or on one of the various waterslides. You can book strollers, wagons, and wheelchairs online in advance. Plan to see Idlewild & SoakZone and other attractions that appeal to you using our Ligonier itinerary planner.
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  • We took our two-year old son on a road trip to the Pittsburgh area to visit the many Daniel Tiger/Mister Rogers-related attractions. Idlewild's new Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood trolley ride was one of ...  read more »
  • This was my family's second year getting the season pass. We went two more times than last year ( one pending with a planned trip to Halloboo) but I felt like we had more fun last year. My 5 and 3 yea...  read more »
  • Idlewild & Soak Zone is a hidden gem, about an hour and a half from downtown PIttsburgh. It is well worth the ride to visit for a day or two of fun for the whole family. The Soak Zone is a wonderful w...  read more »
  • I really do love it, but I have had a few concerns the last few years. There are days when the staffing level are a bit low so some shops, games or rides aren't open. That said, the wave pool and slides at the soak zone are amazing. The Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is very sweet. Raccoon Lagoon is a great toddler amusement park.
  • We absolutely love this park and we have a 2 year old daughter who absolutely loves Daniel Tiger and we have been there 6 times this year ! This park is ideal for younger children and nice for older children as well! We were very upset to be waiting for the Daniel Tiger show and then find out it was only a meet in great now;( the red headed gentleman that does the shows is extraordinary my daughter absolutely loved the shows we sure hope whatever is going on with that is cleared up and the shows continue and that man needs a raise ! I would like to see some updates made in some of the areas that are not being used there is so much potential for the park to double there revenue with the lost areas of the park either way we will continue coming because it's a tradition way back from the hen my family used to visit 40 years ago my favorite childhood memories were from Idelwild!! The castle in story book first is nice I would have liked to see more updates in story book forest and see more interaction with the children and more encounters with the characters! My suggestion would be to improve the dead areas of the interactions such as add stuff to the train ride more stuff around story book forest and continue to improve but it's a great park we love it
  • Heartbreaking to write this review, because we have always loved Idlewild, but it has gone downhill very quickly. We came yearly with our kids, but after moving away, we weren't able to come in 2015. We made a special trip to the park this summer. It was dirty, so many rides are shut down, or were only allowed to board very few people, causing long waits on a day when we should have been walking right onto rides. Some teen ride operators were working multiple rides causing long waits. Shops were closed, other rides were completely dismantled. Pools were dirty. Sad to say we probably won't return. 😢
  • Really has gone down hill in the last 5 years. They have main rides like the tilt a whirl that never did open this summer. They close before dark at 8 or 830 so the kids never really get to ride with the lights on. And this summer the pirate ship kids water area was closed through July 4th...the park is only open for 3 months!!!! The food has gotten "cheaper" just as its sister park Kennywood has and the mine shaft kitchen with the famous potatoe patch French fries and bbq dinners closes at 630/7. So if you swim until the pool closes and expect to get dinner there you won't. There are weeds every where and the beautiful lake around the water park has all turned green with tons and tons of algae and smells....oh well...The kids still like it though...and i guess that's all that matters.
  • The park is fun for kids. The wait in the lines were minimal. Overall, it's comparable to Kenny wood, but even more kid friendly. The Storybook Forest and park in general has definitely seen better days and feels a little beat up, it could use a little TLC but as far as location, convenience and service goes in amusement parks we had no complaints. It was nice we could take our own food in because as everyone knows, park food is expensive. The parking situation was a little confusing, but it wasn't bad. It just would have been nice to see signs like "PARK HERE TO GO TO STORYBOOK FORREST" or "PARK HERE TO GO TO THE SOAK ZONE"...or whatever. We parked inconvenient to where we were heading, but we don't mind walking. We just had to backtrack steps a couple times. I'd recommend for families with little kiddos. They'll love it.
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