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Idlewild Named Best Park for Families!

April 29, 2011

I am proud to announce to all of you that now, not only have we been named Best Kids Park in the World by Amusement Today, but we have just been named Best Family Park in the World by NAPHA. Check out the Press Release Below.

Have a Sparkling Day!


Idlewild & SoakZone Named Best Park for Families

Awarded First Place Honors by the National Amusement Park Historical Association

LIGONIER, PA – April 29, 2011 – In a national poll of its members, made up of experienced and well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts, the National Amusement Park Historical Association (N.A.P.H.A.) gave first place honors to Pennsylvania’s Idlewild & SoakZone as the World’s Best Park for Families!

“We now have another reason to celebrate during what was already shaping up to be one of our most exciting summer seasons ever,” said Park spokesperson Jeff Croushore.  “It is a great honor to receive this recognition from the members of N.A.P.H.A. This is fantastic news for our loyal guests, our local community, and members of our team.”

Celebrating its silver anniversary, the NAPHA survey is the oldest of its type.  Idlewild & SoakZone has consistently placed in the top five rankings for family appeal over the past five years before claiming the top spot this year.  Other family-favorite parks include Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA, which placed second, followed by Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Idlewild & SoakZone will further strengthen its appeal to families when it opens May 26th for it’s 134th season.  Set to debut in the SoakZone is the Wowabunga Family Wave Pool and an entire new array of shows will be featured throughout the park, including Cirque Extreme Under the Big Top, which will open to guests beginning June 8.

ABOUT N.A.P.H.A. The National Amusement Park Historical Association, founded in 1978, is an international, educational and enthusiast’s organization dedicated to preserving and documenting the heritage of the amusement park industry, past, present and future.  In its 25th year, the N.A.P.H.A. survey rates parks in 7 categories, such as “traditional parks,” “theme parks,” “most beautiful park,” “best new attractions,” and more.  For more information about the survey, contact Marlowe McClasky Futrell at (412) 831-6315 or at

3 Comments leave one →
  1. tlp2 permalink
    April 29, 2011 3:41 pm

    Wonderful news!

  2. Robin permalink
    April 29, 2011 5:05 pm

    Congrats ! Your are #1 in my Family !So happy u all are honored for all the hard work u all do to make Idlewild such a wonderful place for family fun!

  3. Brittany permalink
    May 30, 2011 2:40 pm

    Had a great time at your park the last few days. My kids really enjoyed everything I completely understand why you guys are rated #1 you have a little bit for everyone and then some more!

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