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Princesses in the Park

December 21, 2011

Princessess in the Park

NEW in 2012, Enjoy the Royal Treatment while you meet your favorite Fairy Tale Princesses: Cinderella, Beauty, Snow White and Rapunzel. During the week of July 16-20 your little Royal Family will be thrilled to meet, collect autographs, and even get their photos taken with their favorite Princesses.

You can be a true Prince or Princess and help the members of the Kingdom in need by donating a Canned Food item to benefit the local Salvation Army Food Bank. With your donation, you will receive $6.00 off the regular FunDay Pass price of $33.99 + tax (July 16-20 only).

Bigger than the Royal Wedding? I think so!



Idlewild’s New Family Oktoberfest!

December 7, 2011

idlewild's Family Oktoberfest

I am pleased to announce that Idlewild will be open two additional weekends in September for our NEW Family Oktoberfest! I am very excited about this event and can’t wait for giant pretzels, German platters and authentic German song and dance. More details will be coming in the next few months, but I can tell you it is going to be very fun. Take a look at the official excerpt from our website below to hold you over until we announce some more details. The best part of this whole thing… Two more weekends to come and RIDE THE RIDES!

Willkommen all herren und frauen! Join Idlewild in celebrating all things Bavarian at our Family Oktoberfest – Weekends September 8 – 9 and 15 – 16. Enjoy this showcase of rich tradition with German-style music and delicious ethnic food – including plenty of pretzels and strudel. It’s a family event that’s fun for both kids and adults, featuring the rides and attractions that you love – plus a craft fair, “ompa” bands, and even the Chicken Dance! So don’t forget your lederhosen and join us this fall!

HallowBoo! on Pittsburgh Today Live

September 27, 2011












Latest Videos « CBS Pittsburgh.


Follow the link to catch Jeff Croushore on this mornings Pittsburgh Today like on KDKA talking about HallowBoo!



Back-to-Back Golden Tickets for Best Kids’ Park in the World

September 17, 2011

Just like the ’91 and ’92 Pittsburgh Penguins we have gone back to back! Being Named Best Kids’ Park in the world feels just as it good last year and we have to thank all of our fans, the enthusiast groups and our staff for helping make it a reality. You really help make this the best job in the world, we are all kid’s at heart. I am going to celebrate with some serious Ice Cream eating… just like a kid would.


Golden Ticket

LIGONIER, PA – September 17, 2011 – Today, at its Golden Ticket ceremony held in Santa Claus, Indiana, Amusement Today Magazine recognized Pennsylvania’s Idlewild & SoakZone  as the ‘Best Children’s Park in the World’ for the second consecutive year.

“The Golden Tickets are awarded based on a poll of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans worldwide,” explained Gary Slade, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Amusement Today.  “Since the inception of the best children’s park category in 2004, Idlewild & SoakZone placed in the top two, and placed first in 2010.  It’s a testament to Idlewild & SoakZone’s perseverance in providing a unique family- friendly entertainment value in such a beautiful park setting.”

“This honor means a lot to our dedicated team members, who work hard to provide a fun, family-friendly experience every season.  To be recognized as one of the best is fantastic news for our guests and the Laurel Highlands region, who have supported us for over 130 years,” said Park spokesperson Jeff Croushore.  “We’re overjoyed to once again be named Best Children’s Park and wish to share this award with all of our fans, both the young and the young at heart.”

For more information about the 2011 survey results, visit:

ABOUT AMUSEMENT TODAY’S GOLDEN TICKET AWARDS – Amusement Today is an amusement industry trade publication based in Arlington, Texas.  Introduced in 1998, the Golden Tickets are the most prized awards in the industry. Amusement park fans worldwide are asked to rate the top parks in 25 categories. The 2011 international poll was the eighth for children appeal in its 14-year history. For more information, call 817.460.7220 or visit

ABOUT IDLEWILD & SOAKZONE – Founded in 1878 as a picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Rail Road, Idlewild & SoakZone ( is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and third-oldest in America.  Featuring seven theme areas, operations run late-May through Labor Day with “Hallowboo,” a Halloween-themed event, taking place in October. Idlewild is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks that hosts over 14 million visitors annually at five theme parks, two animal parks, 10 waterparks, and 21 family entertainment centers. For more information, call 724.238.3666 or visit and

The Marvel Comics Super Heroes Are Here!!!

July 19, 2011

It is time to meet  Spider-man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man are all here! Check out some cool photos from the event an remember there is still time to come meet them. Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk will appear at the Hillside Theatre from Noon – 2:30 PM daily, Captain America and Iron Man will appear from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM through Friday July 22.

Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk posing for Photos

Captain America and Iron Man take the stage

Is that the real Captain America???? Tons of kids have show up sporting t-shirts of their favorite Super Heroes or even dressed like them!

Don’t forget you can also be a Super-Hero to local families in need by donating a Canned Food item to benefit the local Salvation Army Food bank. With your donation, you’ll receive $6.00 off the regular FunDay Pass price of $31.99 +tax. (July 18-22 only). There is no greater Hero than those that help people in need! Mark your calendar, because these great Super-Heroes are here for one week only – Monday, July 18 through Friday, July 22. Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk will appear at the Hillside Theatre from Noon – 2:30 PM daily, Captain America and Iron Man will appear from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM.

Have a super day!


Season Pass Deadline Extended and NEW PERKS

July 1, 2011

Season Pass Deadline Extended

Due to OVERWHELMING demand, we are extending the discount on Season Passes purchases through July 6th. Don’t miss out on your last chance to get your Season Pass at the extra low price of $61.99+tax when you buy 4 or more. This special low price goes up to $71.99+tax after July 6, so hurry!

A 2011 Idlewild & SoakZone Season Pass is just $61.99+tax when you buy 4 or more. ($66.99+tax when purchased separately) through July 6.

Don’t miss out on your ticket to summer fun, buy your 2011 Season Pass today before the price goes up!

SoakZone VIP Season Pass Upgrade

How would you like to have access to the SoakZone 30 minutes early to secure that perfect chair or enjoy Wowabunga Family Wavepool & Lil’ Squirts with no crowds? With a $5.00 upgrade to your Season Pass you can become a SoakZone VIP – giving you early entry to the SoakZone at 11:00am, ½ hour before it opens to the general public all summer long. Upgrades are available at Guest Services during your visit or at the entrance to the SoakZone prior to opening.

Dutch Wonderland Discount

Idlewild Season Pass Holders now receive $10.00 off of the regular admission at Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park in Lancaster, PA. Just show your Season Pass at the Guest Relations office to receive the discount and be sure to give Duke a “High -Five” from Ricky Raccoon!

Kennywood & Sandcastle Discounts

Idlewild Season Pass Holders no longer have to wait until 5:00 to get a discount at Kennywood. Beginning July 2, Idlewild & SoakZone Season Pass holders now receive $10.00 off of the regular admission at Kennywood.

Idlewild Pass Holders can also, cool off for $10.00 off, the regular admission at Kennywood’s waterpark, Sandcastle.

Now Open Daily!

June 8, 2011

Summer is officially here! We are now open daily!

I spent sometime this morning exploring the park to bring you photos of all that is new. Today was the first day for Cirque Extreme and I grabbed some shots of it along with the Human Cannon and Wowabunga Family Wavepool while I was at it.



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