Arabian Nights Flying Carpet Ride

The sky ride was added to Storytown in 1964. Now supposedly, the sky ride came from Palisades Park. However, the sky ride which originally operated at Palisades Park cannot be seen in any photos of Storytown USA. In fact, the only time I have seen the Palisades Park sky ride at Storytown USA is in the junk yard at The Great Escape.

The Skyride was purchased by Charlie Woods, former owner of The Great Escape (formerly Storytown, USA) in Lake George, NY. The ride was dismantled by O.D. Hopkins Associates, Inc., Contoocook, NH and shipped to Lake George where it was put in storage for over 25 years. I’m not sure where it is today.
(Source: Jerry Pendleton; former President & Owner of O.D. Hopkins Associates, Inc.)

original sky ride cabs in the Great Escape junk yard

original sky ride cabs in the Great Escape junk yard

So my question is, did the original sky ride from Palisades Park ever operate at Storytown USA or was it just kept in storage? Also, where did the sky ride that has been operating at Storytown/Great Escape all these years come from? If anyone has any answers to this mystery, please educate the rest of us.

From what I’ve been researching, the sky ride purchased from Palisades Park did not end up at Gaslight Village. Charley Wood often switched rides between Storytown and Gaslight Village. If anything turns up about this, I will update this page.


Chipper’s Magical Mystery Ride

Chipper’s Magical Mystery ride was an indoor scrambler, part of Storytown USA since (at least) the early seventies. It was one of the most popular rides up until it’s closure in the early 2000’s.

At some point, the bright cheerful yellow was painted a dark murky green. When the ride was closed down, the sign was removed and the inside gutted, but the dome remains to this day (as far as I know).

For whatever reason, Chipper’s scrambler was removed from it’s dome, repainted, re-themed, and given a new name. The Blizzard, the outdoor scrambler.

Someone on youtube posted a video combining both old and new footage from Storytown USA featuring the strobe lights and enchanting darkness of the indoor scrambler, Chipper’s Magical Mystery ride. Finally this popular ride can be revisited, if only in imagination.


Fantasy Land rides from 1996


You can also see photos of the park on his website:

Amazing video of riding Danny the Dragon. Although, I wish Mr. Ducharme had taken footage of the area surrounding the actual ride. Captured in what little footage he did take is some brief shots of the Thunder Bolt, the Carousel, and the Dumbo elephant ride.

Fantasy Land was one of the areas that kept The Great Escape grounded in it’s history. Once they removed everything to make room for the Boomerang, that was it. One of the worst mistakes ever made with the park.

Storytown USA mascot, Chipper’s..of Chipper’s Magical Mystery ride


the original Storytown mascot, Chipper’s..


Storytown featuring International Village sign


A rare photo of a sign not seen on the internet until now, as far as I know. This is a great photo showing how the sign was changed through the years as more theme sections were added to Storytown. Also, I’d like to say thank you to the flickr user for linking to this website.


Vintage Photos


Vintage Photos 1978

These photos are phenomenal. Posted by Bill Douglas in the Storytown USA Facebook group. I cropped and resized but included originals. I wish I could step into these photos for just one day and visit the park when it was still like this.

Arto Monaco Historical Society


Read more about the connections between Storytown and The Land of Make Believe here.




Whoever sent me these photos and mp3’s, please comment so you can be sourced. It took me years to finally upload them, I no longer have the original e-mail.

A: Happiness is children
B: Storytown U.S.A.


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