Dwarf Village, Busch Gardens, FL

Dwarf Village was a children’s attraction at Busch Gardens Tampa (formerly Busch Gardens Africa) a 335-acre animal theme park that opened on March 31, 1959 in Tampa, Florida.

Located in Bird Gardens (a quiet area with lagoons, exotic bird show, and aviary), Dwarf Village was designed for children 3 to 12. It featured a rustic, wood-shingled tree house, equipped with a tube slide, webbed rope for climbing, a miniature car ride, a canoe ride, a “cloud bounce” air mattress made for jumping, a ball crawl, and a tunnel maze, among other attractions.

The Dwarf Village also contained statues of dwarfs, mushroom houses, and a Leprechaun Lane where the little people are busy all day long. In addition, there were recreations of such story book characters as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.







Dwarf Village opened in 1983 and closed in 1995. It as replaced by the Land of Dragons attraction, which was re-themed in 2010 as Sesame Safari of Fun. All of the Land of Dragon rides remained but were re-purposed for the new Sesame Safari addition.

Busch Gardens Tampa
10165 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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