Since I’ve written about The Enchanted Forest both yesterday and back in January, I’d thought I’d share something that I’ve owned since I was a child. It’s one of the few things I’ve managed to hold on to from my childhood, which surprised me because my mother used to do these periodic rummaging through personal belongings while looking for items to either trash or give away to charity. I think the fact that it is very small had helped it to survive my mother’s insistence on getting rid of old things on a regular basis.
It is a souvenir postcard set that I got from The Enchanted Forest. Judging from the clothing styles of the people in the photos, I would guess that it was printed sometime between 1960-1970. It was originally folded like an accordion, as you can see in the next photo.
I decided to scan it into a digital format and upload it online. Here is what some of The Enchanted Forest attractions looked like back then and what they look like now.
Here is the front of the souvenir postcard set. As you can guess, you would write the address of the person you would mail this set to and place the stamp on the right side. As for the photo, it shows Old King Cole, who pointed the way to The Enchanted Forest right next to the highway. It also shows the Enchanted Castle, which served as both the entrance to the amusement park and a gift shop. Rapunzel graced the balcony at one of the turrets on the left side of the castle while a lute playing dragon looked at visitors from the rooftop.
Old King Cole is still around at the original site even though the amusement park has been closed down for decades. Today he points to the location of The Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, which is a typical shopping center that has a Safeway, a Petco, and a few other stores.
The Enchanted Castle is still there and it’s located right next to the shopping center. The front gate is now permanently locked and shuttered.
Rapunzel is long gone but the dragon is still on the castle rooftop playing his lute.
Clark’s Elioak Farm is located three miles away from The Enchanted Forest Shopping Center. Many of the former Enchanted Forest attractions have ended up on that farm and the family who owns it opens its farm to the public from April to November. When a person arrives at the farm, he or she will encounter a building that looks similar to the original Enchanted Castle.
Rapunzel is at this new location and she’s still trapped in one of the castle turrets.
Clark’s Elioak Farm has its own lute playing dragon who looks over at the visitors entering the farm.
The next scan shows the back of the vintage souvenir postcard set. The flap allows the sender to write his or her name so the receiver would know who sent that postcard set. The flap tucks neatly into the slot on the back. The back shows a photo of the Merry Miller’s House.
Today the Merry Miller’s House is located at Clark’s Elioak Farm.
Looking through the front door, one would see the Merry Miller himself looking as cheerful as ever along with his mouse friends.
The other side of the back of the postcard set shows another place on the flap where the sender can write his/her name so the receiver would know who sent that postcard set. There is also information about how The Enchanted Forest is a fairy tale-themed amusement park, directions on how to get to The Enchanted Forest, a map showing the park’s location, a schedule of when The Enchanted Forest is opened to the public, and how groups can use The Enchanted Forest for their own outings and birthday parties.
The next scan shows the Crooked Man outside the Crooked House in the foreground and Jack and the Beanstalk in the background.
Here is the Crooked Man and the Crooked House at Clark’s Elioak Farm.
Jack and the Beanstalk is also at Clark’s Elioak Farm although it is located further away from the Crooked Man and the Crooked House.
The next scan shows Little Toot sailing through the tunnel opening of Mt. Vesuvius in a large lake.
Little Toot is at Clark’s Elioak Farm but he’s currently docked in a pond that’s way smaller than the lake at The Enchanted Forest. Little Toot is no longer a ride but people can still board him and just sit on the benches.
The original Mt. Vesuvius had a giant slide on the side that kids could go on. Clark’s Elioak Farm has recreated a smaller version of Mt. Vesuvius. This new version is still a slide but it’s now on solid ground.
The next scan shows the Mother Goose Ride going past Robin Hood’s Snack Bar in the background.
Mother Goose and her children are at Clark’s Elioak Farm but they are no longer a ride. Mother Goose now serves as a slide.
Her two children now serve as stationery statues.
As for Robin Hood’s Snack Bar, that structure was originally burned down to the ground by teenaged arsonists in 1990 after they broke in to the shuttered property determined to make some mischief. (The teens were later arrested by the police.) But Robin Hood, who once graced the ceiling of the snack bar, is now on Clark’s Elioak Farm battling an enemy while one of the guards of the Queen of Hearts from Alice and Wonderland seem detached from the action going on behind him.
The next scan shows the home from the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears in its Enchanted Forest days.
The entire large home has been transferred to Clark’s Elioak Farm and completely restored. Here is what it looks like on both the outside and the inside.
The next scan shows the Gingerbread House from the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. In its day this building was one that parents could rent for their children’s birthday parties.
The Gingerbread House is still in its original location at the former Enchanted Forest amusement park as of this writing. The amusement park has been fenced off with those “NO TRESPASSING” signs. However, if one goes off to the side of The Enchanted Forest Shopping Center and looks close enough through the woods, one can still see the remnants of the original Gingerbread House.
The famous ice cream cone-shaped chimney with a portion of the Gingerbread House still peeks through the woods.
Clark’s Elioak Farm has constructed a smaller version of the Gingerbread House. Parents can no longer hold birthday parties at this Gingerbread House (although they can hold birthday parties elsewhere on the farm—there are gazebos and picnic tables that one can reserve for such occasions) but Hansel and Gretel are still there and the witch is still imprisoned behind candy cane bars.
The centerpiece of the original Gingerbread House was this giant birthday cake that was on a round table where kids celebrating a birthday party can sit around and eat their refreshments. This large birthday cake can now be found in a gazebo at Clark’s Elioak Farm near the present location of the Three Bears’ home.
The next scan shows the Antique Car Ride. I had fond memories of actually driving in those cars even though they didn’t go very fast and the high rails prevented any child from driving to the other side of the park.
The Antique Car Ride is one attraction that didn’t make the transfer to Clark’s Elioak Farm. While there are hay rides on the property, there’s nothing that the children can drive themselves.
The next scan shows the Safari Ride through Jungleland.
Jungleland is another attraction that didn’t transfer to Clark’s Elioak Farm. The closest the farm has to the old Jungleland is this dinosaur family (which were not part of the original Enchanted Forest).
The next scan shows the home from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The home didn’t make the transfer to Clark’s Elioak Farm but Snow White and the dwarfs’ beds are located in a building that she shares with scenes from Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood.
As for the dwarfs, they are elsewhere on the farm. They can be seen at this mining attraction, which is pretty fitting considering that in the Disney version, the dwarfs are gem miners.
The next scan shows Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandma’s house.
This structure didn’t make it to Clark’s Elioak Farm but a smaller version of Grandma’s house is there for children to see Little Red Riding Hood seeming suspicious that someone is impersonating Grandma.
The next scan shows the giant shoe from the nursery rhyme The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. This shoe was originally a slide where children can enter from the back heel then slide down through the sole of the shoe.
The entire structure was transferred to Clark’s Elioak Farm.
Children can now continue to enter the shoe through the back heel and slide through the front sole while some of the Old Woman’s many children look on.
Last but not least is this scan of the Teacup Ride that was based on Alice in Wonderland.
The Teacup Ride is now at Clark’s Elioak Farm but it is now permanently grounded and parts of the old ride is located throughout the farm. These days people can just sit on the benches in the former ride.
I hope you enjoyed the then and now comparisons between The Enchanted Forest vintage postcard set and the same Enchanted Forest attractions currently on display at Clark’s Elioak Farm. To see more photos of other Enchanted Forest attractions that weren’t featured in the original vintage postcard set, see the entries I wrote yesterday and back in January.