Idlewild is the third-longest operating amusement park in the United States.
Idlewild and SoakZone is your ticket to family fun! Founded in 1878, Idlewild is the third-longest operating amusement park in the United States, and has been recognized as “Best Kids’ Park in the World” by Amusement Today, and “Best Park for Families” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association. The park features classic amusement rides, a water park, live entertainment, costume characters, and unique attractions such as Story Book Forest and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, all within the beautiful Pennsylvania Laurel Highlands. Idlewild operates seasonally from late-May through October. Visit Idlewild & SoakZone – because you love to see them smile!
Roller Coaster Highlights
Idlewild’s Rollo Coaster was built in 1938. Legend has it as being build using logs from park property that were cut by a sawmill set up on the grounds specifically for the job. Designed and built by the world famous Philadelphia Toboggan Company (now, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters), whose craftsmen were famous for building carousels. Interestingly, Idlewild’s beautiful wooden horse carousel was also built by PTC. Rollo Coaster is approximately 1400 feet, with the highest point of only 40 feet off the ground. The out-and-back coaster utilizes the park typography cleverly as it is built on the side of a hill. The ride takes about one minute and 10 seconds to travel across the rolling hills and little dips. New PTC train was added for the 2018 season. One of the oldest rides at Idlewild, Rollo Coaster is not only fun, but an important part of Idlewild’s long history.
Idlewild is famous for its beautiful setting and wonderful family orientation. But, Idlewild also takes pride in knowing that each family finds “something for everyone.” Thrill seekers delight in the wild turns and quick dips experienced on the steel coaster, Wild Mouse! The thrill of the Wild Mouse is its feel of almost leaving the track. When the four-person car reaches the highest corners of the ride, they make such a sudden turn that it gives the illusion of nearly flying off into space. Secreted away among the tall hemlocks of Olde Idlewild, the Wild Mouse may bring back memories for some. Similar rides were amusement park sensations in the 1950’s – though the vast majority were two-seater cars. Idlewild’s four-seater mice first delighted riders in Wiener Prater in Vienna Austria, then Alton Towers in England, before traveling across the pond to settle at Idlewild in 1993.
Get ready, get set, get…. WET! SoakZone waterpark offers something for everyone visiting Idlewild and SoakZone. The Wowabunga Family Wave Pool offers over a quarter million gallons of splash-tacular fun. Float Away Bay lazy river allows guests to sit back, relax and float along while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. 4 head-first racing slides make up Hydro Racers, and the Pipeling Plunge are two enclosed pipelines twisting and turning while dropping 50 feet finally emerging through a water curtain. Lil’ Squirts is a special, interactive water play area, while Captain Kidd’s Adventure Galley is a multi-level pirate-themed aqua play structure featuring 6 water slides and over 80 interactive water features. 2 Classic Serpentine Slides and a 300 gallon tipping bucket complete the list of wonderful family water attractions.