Enchanted rides

Humpty Dumpty sits atop a high wall and waves to motorists passing by on Interstate 5.
Humpty Dumpty sits atop a high wall and waves to motorists passing by on Interstate 5.

Remember back in July when Tara and friends went the The Enchanted Forest for a birthday celebration? On that post I introduced the place, but did not show you any of the rides. This post is to showcase the rides at this fun, small, relatively unknown (and let’s not forget: creepy) theme park in central Oregon.

Get a load of Tara and friends on the log ride:

A slide exits the toe of an old boot. Or rather, shoe, as in
A slide exits the toe of an old boot. Or rather, shoe, as in “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe…”
Not necessarily a ride, but a hands-on attraction. Here Tara descends into the rabbit hole with Alice. The tunnel emerges in a different part of the park.
Not a “ride,” but hands-on entertainment. Here Tara descends into the rabbit hole with Alice. The tunnel emerges in a different part of the park.
Bumper car racetrack is as much fun for adults as for the kids.
Bumper car racetrack is as much fun for adults as for the kids.
The train ride is far less entertaining to adults than kids, I suspect. But it is rather photogenic.
The tiny train ride is far less entertaining to adults than kids, I suspect. But it is rather photogenic.

The rides are not as mind-blowing as typical corporate theme park rides, but they are legitimately fun. There are several specifically designed for tots, and several that can entertain adults for multiple rides, like a lazer tag game for points inside a magical dragon lair called The Challenge of Mondor. I couldn’t get any photos because it’s very dark inside and your chair constantly spins.

Bobsleds heading up Ice Mountain
Bobsleds heading up Ice Mountain
My view from inside a bobsled
My view from inside a bobsled
The Haunted House is seriously scary!
The Haunted House is seriously scary!
This is the way to the exit, but do you really want to go?
This is the way to the emergency exit, but are you prepared to take it?
rats and cobwebs in the Haunted House
rats and cobwebs in the Haunted House
Found inside a coffin in the Haunted House
Found inside a coffin in the Haunted House

The Haunted House is surprisingly spooky, even if you go through more than once. Motions sensors trigger spooks of all sorts that appear from walls and drop from the ceiling. There are funny gags inside as well, continuing founder Roger Tofte’s unquenchable humor. Skeletons heckle you, ghosts sail through, rats gnaw on moldy cheese and you can hear the screams of other startled people ahead and behind you.

The curious musical water show.
The curious musical water show.

Rather than a water show, the original plan was to create a restaurant with a stage for Tofte’s daughter Susan to hold musical performances, but as the hillside was being excavated, it looked like the perfect place for waterfalls. Two years later, the dazzling water-light show opened with music composed by, and lights and water choreographed by, daughter Susan. It was so successful, that no live performances were ever held on the stage.

A new stage was built in a different location, and the plays include song and dance, and are packed with gags.
A new stage was built in a different location, and the plays include song and dance, and are packed with gags.
Test your wild-west rifle skills in this shooting game.
Test your wild-west rifle skills in this shooting game.
Most walls have something posted to make you laugh.
Again, not a ride, but certainly an attraction, that most walls in the park have something posted to make you laugh.

11 thoughts on “Enchanted rides

  1. I do like the fact that this park is a little ‘down homey’. The water show stage looks really beautiful – I’m sure people sit for hours mesmerised by the water and fountains and lights. I would! And I thoroughly applaud a teeny tiny railway for the teeny tiny children who need pretty, pictorial and non-scary entertainment. It is a great place!

    1. The water show is nice, and it fits in with the quirky park so well. It’s the pipe music that sets it apart from anything: so uniquely Susan’s style. And yes, since it’s co-located with a restaurant, it is the perfect place to get a bite to eat and sit at a table and watch the show. It is about 20 minutes long and plays over and over.

      There is so much non-scary entertainment there. Creepy is different than scary, I think. It’s fun to see a giant spider crawling toward Miss Muffett on her tuffett, and if it gets to be too much: just walk away. Also, the setting in the trees is very relaxing and shaded.

  2. Makes me wish I had small children so I’d have an excuse to go there. I love how they did this park and the simpler rides. I don’t do roller coasters. The musical water fountain sounds so wonderful I’d probably sit there for hours. It looks like so much fun. I’ll find an excuse to visit sometime.

    1. I’m glad I managed to show the park well. It is so different than a busy amusement park that people usually see, but better in some ways because of it. This park is perfect for people who prefer to take their time and enjoy the details. Like you! I’m sure you will find a reason to go there sometime. It’s not too far from you and Tech Support.

      1. I’m kind of thinking about my niecettes. When he finally gets back from CA he’ll be glad to do something relaxing. I’ll look up the cost of taking at least the 2 youngest. Not sure the oldest would go but maybe just to take photos. You did a great job of enticing me. 🙂

    1. He is the perfect age for this place, too. Part of the fun here is that it is so low-key, and not all about separating you from your money. It’s just filled with simple delights: like humor, and discovery, rather than trying to be like a modern theme park.

    1. I have a feeling you would love it!

      I am now off to visit your blog for the first time in ages. September got away from me too. Well, as least as far as blogs go. I’ve been staying very busy and that is what makes the time fly. I’m sure you are running around too, but I’m also sure you are noticing the crisp mornings and changing colours, even while you head to your next gig.

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