Best Local Magic Kingdom

Children's Fairyland

Disneyland may be the most famous American theme park, but Children’s Fairyland is America’s original storybook theme park, and old Walt himself found inspiration for the Magic Kingdom in the brightly painted storybook sets, kiddie rides, pint-sized farm animals, puppetry, and plays he found contained within the ten-acre park when he visited after the gates opened in 1950. This quaint, low-tech wonderland, where Magic Keys from the early days still unlock nursery rhymes and stories, remains a glitz-free children’s paradise. That’s especially true for toddlers, who can’t help but love the scaled-down structures, livestock, and amusement rides that dot the landscape where the Three Little Pigs, Little Miss Muffet, Pinocchio, Peter Rabbit, Mary Quite Contrary, et al, are alleged to reside in neighborhoods sporting giant toadstools, pumpkins, pirates, ponies, and whales. Adults must come with a kid, and kids must be accompanied with an adult. The price, while not the quarter it was back in the 1950s, is right: $6 per person.

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