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Photo & Video TR: Kiddieland 9-26-09


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Kiddieland, for those who don't know, was a very nice family amusement park in Illinois. Due to family disputes and land lease issues, it is now closed for good. I was lucky enough to be able to go down and get to the park before they closed and I must say that I loved the place. There was so much family charm and it seemed like every family generation was there ranging from kids to grandparents. Now that Kiddieland is closed, the only major park in Illinois is Six Flags Great America. So here it is, pictures from the now closed Kiddieland. I do have quite a few videos as well including raw footage of Little Dipper, the train, the antique cars, log jammer, and a music video. I'll be uploading and posting them when I get the chance. Please excuse blurry pictures, my camera is not the best. All POV footage and pictures were taken with permission from the park. I also do have larger and higher quality copies of all the pictures if anyone would want one.

 

I was finally able to upload all of my Kiddieland videos!

-Kiddieland 9-26-09

-Auto Cars

-Little Dipper

-Log Jammer

-Train pt. 1

-Train pt. 2

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And I will end this report with one of my favorite pictures. Thanks for reading!

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Night shots

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Scooters

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Tilt-A-Whirl signage

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A couple more Little Dipper pics.

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It's time to ride the train!

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Um, no comment.

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NERD!!!!!

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Scrambler

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Artsy

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The ferris wheel

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I did not ride it.

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Pipeline

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Tornado

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Back to Log Jammer

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Cars

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I think the cow wanted to "pound" it

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Little Dipper

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Station

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Classic handbrakes.

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LOTS of skeeball!

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And they have skeeball!

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OMG GALAGA!!! I loved their arcade full of retro games.

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This reminds me of someone's avatar...

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Polyp!

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Park map

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Log Jammer signage

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H20 or water as it is more commonly known as.

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SKLOOSH!!!

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Almost there...

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Wait for it...

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The log flume was also very nice.

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This was one of the nicest car rides i've been on.

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Now time for the antique cars full of hilly terrain and trees!

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Galleon signage

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Galleon

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The ferris wheel

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Scrambler

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POV!

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Tilty and whirly

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"Scooters" or bumper cars as they're commonly known as.

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The train with buzz bars!

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Lift hill

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Little Dipper!

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CLOWN!!!

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Kiddieland

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The train.

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Kiddieland. It was cloudy when we got there but it cleared up later.

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Such a nice park, I just wish I could have gone there more than once. There are some good rides there, so I hope some other park picks them up, I really hope some park saves the log flume, and it wouldn't surprise me if Grizzly Jacks (a park looking to expand in Utica) or some park in the Dells buys some of the rides. I would just hate to see so many historic rides, mainly the carousels, be sold for scrap or parts.

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Great pictures and video, the song fits the park very nicely. Im a little sad that I never got to go to Kiddieland, but atleast I'll still be able to get the credit when it opens at Great America.

 

This park reminds me alot of Little Amerricka. Small but a place everyone enjoys. They have a few of the same rides and basically the same coaster just mirror images of each other. I hope L.A. doesnt have the same fate as Kiddieland.

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Great TR and videos. It looked like such a nice park, it's always a shame to see places like this have to close.

 

Does anyone have any idea what has become of, or is going to happen to, the log flume? Is it getting moved anywhere or is it yet another great flume that is gone forever?

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I was finally able to upload the rest of my Kiddieland videos! Here's RAW footage of Little Dipper and the train.

Here's a list of all of my Kiddieland videos.

-Kiddieland 9-26-09

-Auto Cars

-Little Dipper

-Log Jammer

-Train pt. 1

-Train pt. 2

 

Little Dipper

[coastertube]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=Little_Dipper_0nty[/coastertube]

Train pt. 1

[coastertube]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=TrainPt1_qkm6[/coastertube]

Train pt. 2

[coastertube]http://www.themeparkreview.com/coastertube/play.php?vid=TrainPt2_1bpp[/coastertube]

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That park sign in the first of your pictures...PLEASE tell me that has been preserved! It is such a classic- I LOVE it!

I believe someone bought it at the Kiddieland auction and tried to resell it on eBay for double what they bought it for. No one bought it from eBay so I don't know what's happened to it.

 

Thank you Robb for posting my trip report on the front page of TPR!

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So i need some TPR member help. I'm a senior studying television and right now im working on my final documentary project, focusing on small parks in the U.S. in particular telling the story of Kiddieland. Anyone who has any special memories from this wonderful little park and is willing to share them with me, please reply to this thread or pm message me! Thanks!

 

On a related note, I'm very happy to see progress being made to the little dipper over at great america. Its so wonderful this great ride will live on. Oh, and it seems that Lake Winnie will be opening two rides from Kiddieland, "Sea Warriors" and "Silly Saucers" this season!

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