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Park History

The Beginning!
Growth!
New Owners!
A Step Beyond!
Get Wet!
A Star is Born!
Expansion!
Play Time!
Adirondack Adventures!
Out with the Old!
Celebration!

The Beginning!

Enchanted Forest of the Adirondacks opens for business with 35 employees. Featured are Paul Bunyan, The Paul Bunyan Wood Center, where guests watch woodenware being produced from the log to the finished product, and Storybook Lane Little Houses. Admission is considered reasonable: $1.00 for adults and $.25 for children.

The Beginning!

Growth!

1956 — 1976

The park grows little by little, catering to families with young children.` The daily circus shows feature internationally known stars such as the Great Wallendas. Some of an NBC special documentary, as well as a CBS documentary on the Wallendas are filmed at Enchanted Forest. Other acts throughout the years included, John “Tarzan” Zerbini, The Zacchinis, and Emmett Kelly Jr., and storybook characters such as Robin Hood, and Cinderella roam the ‘Forest’. The 1/2 mile Skyride is installed. Captain Kidd’s Pirate Ship, The Alamo, Alice’s Wonder Island, and Whale Boats are popular attractions, as well as Storybook Lane’s Little Houses. Chief Maurice Dennis and his family recreate an Indian Village and explain Adirondack Indian life and lore to guests who ride the Train to this exhibit.

Growth!

New Owners!

1977

New owners purchase Enchanted Forest of the Adirondacks and begin long-term plans for improvements and added fun!

New Owners!

A Step Beyond!

1978

The amusement ride, back area is constructed and called “A Step Beyond”.

A Step Beyond!

Get Wet!

1984

Wild Waters, a two flume, 350 ft. water slide is constructed, the first water slide at Enchanted Forest.

Get Wet!

A Star is Born!

1988

The first rides of their kind in NYS are constructed – Water Safari is opened. The park is now known as Enchanted Forest Water Safari.

A Star is Born!

Expansion!

1991

The 1100 ft. Amazon family tube ride and the 1/4 acre Tidal Wave Pool are built next to the island.

Expansion!

Play Time!

1995

Calypso’s Cove is born. The family entertainment center features go-karts, batting cages, miniature golf, bumper boats, and an arcade.

Play Time!

Adirondack Adventures!

1999

The Adirondack Expedition is added to the EFWS. The new expansion is themed on the Adirondack’s and includes two double tube rides, “Rondaxe Run” and “The Black River”, a family tube ride, “Cascade Falls”, a great water activity structure “The Sawmill”, and an action river, “The Log Jammer.”

Adirondack Adventures!

Out with the Old!

2002

Enchanted Forest’s first and oldest water slide “Wild Waters” is taken down and the new body slide “The Shadow” is constructed.

Out with the Old!

Celebration!

2005

Enchanted Forest celebrates its 50th season! The Museum of Enchanted Memories, a museum dedicated to preserving the park’s history is added the added attraction. Tino Wallenda returns to the EFWS ring with his family as the Flying Wallendas to help celebrate the park’s 50th season!

Celebration!