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Valley of the Moon – Tucson, AZ

Valley of the Moon is a unique children’s fantasy park located at 2544 E. Allen Road just north of Prince Road, between Tucson Blvd. and Country Club in north Tucson, Arizona (Pima County). “If you ever dreamed of fairies dancing

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Elf Village – Glenville, NC

Elf Village is a holiday attraction located on the grounds of the Tom Sawyer Tree Farm in Cashier Valley at 240 Chimney Pond Road in town of Glenville in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Located in a woodsy hollow

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Smurf’s Enchanted Voyage – Kings Island, OH

Smurf’s Enchanted Voyage was a theme park attraction at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio from 1982-1991. The Omnimover dark ride transported passengers through a series of displays featuring animatronic Smurf characters frolicking through the seasons of the year (Spring, Summer,

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Santa’s Village – Skyforest, CA

Santa’s Village was an interactive Christmas theme park with over-sized candy canes, colorfully painted mushrooms and decorative gingerbread house. It was located in the San Bernardino Mountains on Route 18 (Rim of the World Highway) in an area called Skyforest

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Orlando, FL

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family-friendly roller coaster located in the Fantasyland section at Walt Disney World at 1180 Seven Seas Drive in Lake Buena Vista, just 20 south of Orlando, Florida. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened to

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Land of the Dragons – Williamsburg, VA

Land of the Dragons is an interactive children’s attraction at Busch Gardens, a 383-acre theme park located in James City County, Virginia, about 3 miles southeast of Williamsburg. Opened in 1994, the Land of the Dragons is home to Dumphrey the

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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,

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Flying Unicorn – Orlando, FL

The Flying Unicorn was a kiddie roller coaster ride at Universal’s Islands of Adventure 110-acre theme park in Orlando, Florida. Set in an enchanted forest, the Flying Unicorn carried its passengers in trains designed to look like unicorns wearing a

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Elf University – Santa’s Village, NH

Elf University is an attraction at Santa’s Village, a Christmas-themed amusement park located along Presidential Highway in Jefferson, New Hampshire. Previously, in my post ShadowQuest, I wrote about a scavenger hunt style game where kids played a high-tech game with

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ShadowQuest – Wisconsin Dells, WI

ShadowQuest is a gaming attraction found at Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells in Wisconsin. Designed by Creative Kingdoms, LCC, ShadowQuest: Journey to Save the Light debuted at Great Wolf Lodge at the Wisconsin Dells location on August 23, 2013. The

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The Tooth Fairy – Knott’s Berry Farm, CA

The Tooth Fairy is a “teeth chattering” Halloween attraction at the Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in Buena Park, California. It runs for 24 days from September 25th through November 1st. “This mash-up of two rites of passage pairs the

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Peter Pan’s Flight – Walt Disney World, FL

Peter Pan’s Flight is a theme park attraction located at Magic Kingdom® Park in Fantasyland® at Walt Disney World in Florida which opened on October 1, 1971. It was designed after the original Peter Pan’s Flight located in the Fantasyland®

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Tinker Bell – Disneyland, CA

Tinker Bell is the symbol of “the magic of Disney” for Disneyland located in Anaheim, California as well as all of the Disney theme parks around the globe. She first appeared in the 1904 play and 1911 novel “Peter and

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Escape from Gringotts – Universal Studio, FL

Escape from Gringottts is a theme park attraction located at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. Opened in 2014, the ride is based on characters and places in the Harry Potter novels written by J. K. Rowlings. In the books, Gringotts

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Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden – EPCOT, Disney World, FL

Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden opened in 2009 at Disney World in Florida as part of the 16th Annual Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival. It was near the entrance of the Mouse Gear gift shop in Future World. On March

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Pixieland – Otis Junction, Oregon

Pixieland (now closed) was an amusement park located near Otis Junction, Oregon on Hwy 18. It was about three miles north of Lincoln City, the home of The Famous Pixie Kitchen, a popular tourist destination and restaurant. In 1967, Jerry

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Fairy Caves – Glenwood Springs, CO

The Historic Fairy Caves is an attraction at the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in Glenwood, Springs, Colorado. Nestled in the Rocky Mountains at the elevation of 7,100, the Adventure Park offers lots of fun, including digging for fossils, panning for

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