Idlewild Park Kicks-off 128th Season on May 26th With Cool New Ride

Paul Bunyan’s Loggin’ Toboggan makes a big splash in award-winning theme park

LIGONIER, Pa., May 24 /PRNewswire/ — Idlewild & SoakZone kicks-off its 128th season on May 26th with a new, fun and refreshing way to keep cool this summer — Paul Bunyan’s Loggin’ Toboggan. Named for the legendary lumberjack, Paul Bunyan’s Loggin’ Toboggan is a log flume ride located in the Hootin’ Holler area of the park.

“This new ride is the highlight of our summer season of fun. While guests are waiting to board the ride, they will be entertained by a humorous tale of Paul Bunyan and Babe his big blue ox,” said Brandon Leonatti, general manager. “Our guests will have a lot of fun discovering that there is no taller tale in Pennsylvania than that of Paul Bunyan’s Loggin’ Toboggan and how he created the Laurel Highlands landscape.”

Idlewild’s new family-fun ride features a 534-foot trough through which log shaped boats seating 3-5 people will float on swift flowing water. Riders will weave through the rustic surroundings until they begin their 125-foot ascent to the top of the three-story tower. The thrill to riders will be the attraction’s final splashdown. At the Loggin’ Toboggan’s exit, guests have the opportunity to view photos of themselves enjoying the final splashdown. A new concession stand, merchandise kiosk and Mining for Gemstones attraction will adjoin the new ride.

Additionally, two new games, “Whack a Mole” and “The Big Crane,” will grace the park’s midways. “Season passes return for a second year and with a few more perks,” said Leonatti. “Passholders will receive discounts on Kennywood ‘NightRider’ admissions as well as on selected park food, games, and merchandise. Popular ‘Bring-a-buddy’ free Mondays will return. Season passes can be purchased at the park or at participating Giant Eagle locations for $49.95.”

Idlewild’s FunDay Pass is $22.95 for guests ages three to 54; free for children two and under; and $14.95 for guests ages 55 or more. Many promotional discounts will be offered throughout the season, including “Food for Fun” days May 29 and 30. Each guest bringing a canned food item will receive $6.00 off the $22.95 admission price. All canned goods will be donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

In an effort to boost tourism to the Laurel Highlands region, Idlewild and its sister park Kennywood has joined with Seven Springs Mountain Resort in a new overnight package program. For details visit . Many other tourism packages have been established with additional local lodging facilities and can be found at .

About Idlewild & SoakZone

Founded in 1878 as a simple picnic ground along the Ligonier Valley Railroad, Idlewild & SoakZone is the oldest amusement park in Pennsylvania and third oldest in the United States. Named by Amusement Today as the second best kid’s park in the world, Idlewild features seven theme areas of fun, including the Soak Zone Waterpark, Story Book Forest, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Seasonal operations run from May 26 through Labor Day.

Idlewild & SoakZone is family owned and operated by Kennywood Entertainment, western Pennsylvania’s largest provider of summer fun. In addition, Kennywood Entertainment owns and operates the National Historic Landmark, Kennywood, highly regarded as America’s finest traditional amusement park; Sandcastle Waterpark and Riverplex (an old-fashioned picnic park) both located on former steel mill property along the Monongahela River; and America’s oldest theme park, Lake Compounce, in Bristol, CT. For more information visit .

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