The Neighborhood of Make Believe is a magical realm on the PBS children’s program MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, produced 1968–2001 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and its predecessor MISTERROGERS, produced 1963–1966 for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
The NOMB is accessed via a toy trolley that enters a tunnel and exits into an alternate universe ruled by puppet King Friday XIII and his puppet Queen Sara Saturday, a former resident of the nearby city of Westwood.
The other inhabitants of the NOMB include:
- Prince Tuesday, King Friday’s son
- Edgar Cooke, the singing castle chef
- H. J. Elephant III, a friend of Prince Tuesday
- X the Owl, who lives in a old oak tree
- Henrietta Pussycat, who lives in a yellow and orange school house
- Lady Elaine Fairchilde, the outspoken manager of the Museum-Go-Round
- The Frogg Family, a family of frogs who were the original curators of the Museum-Go-Round
- Daniel Stripèd Tiger, a shy feline who lives in a grandfather clock with no hour and minute hands
- Cornflake “Corny” S. Pecially, a beaver-like proprietor of a rocking chair factory
- Hilda Dingleborder, who works at Cornflake S. Pecially’s Factory
- Grandpère Tiger, a Frenchman who lives in the Eiffel Tower near the castle
- Collette Tiger, Grandpère’s granddaughter who lives in France
- The Platypus Family, duck-billed residents who live in a platypus mound
- Henrietta Elizabeth Cow, a school teacher who lives in the nearby town of Somewhere Else
- Donkey Hodie, a resident of the town of Somewhere Else who operates a Washer Dryer Sorter Dumper
- Betty Okonak Templeton-Jones, a chatty southern-accented lady and friend of Lady Elaine who lives in nearby town of Southwood
- James Michael Jones, Betty’s second husband who has a British accent
- Carrie Dell Okonak Templeton-Jones, the Jones’ adopted daughter
- Old Goat and New Goat, residents of nearby Northwood
NOTE: Many of the puppets on the program were developed by Fred Rogers in the 1950s for Josie Carey’s program, THE CHILDREN’S CORNER.
From 1989-2013, Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA was home to a truly amazing attraction known as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make Believe. The trolley ride was designed by Fred Rogers and all the characters from the show were present.
The Make Believe ride was replaced by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, which is the updated, cartoon-based version of the original Neighborhood show. The new ride uses the same track as the original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood trolley.
The Neighborhood of Make Believe
C/o King Friday XIII