Like the princess in Sleeping Beauty, Storybook Gardens has been put to sleep.  A Wisconsin Dells institution, Storybook Gardens has closed for good.  According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the fairy tale themed attraction, which opened in 1956, will no longer operate.

Just as Fort Dells was gobbled up by Walgreens, McDonald’s and Starbucks years ago, Storybook Gardens is now just a memory.  This news is sad to me, as I have fond memories of visiting Storybook Gardens.  My first visits were with my brothers and parents when I was a child.  After outgrowing Storybook Gardens long ago, I returned there a few summers back for the first time with my own family.

True, Storybook Gardens was old, tired, and outdated.  Many of the displays from my childhood 30 years ago were still there.  Despite the drawbacks, there was something special about visiting.  The train ride and carousel were simple, but still fun.  Visiting Storybook Gardens was like taking a step back to my own youth.

In recent years, the operators of Storybook Gardens added a wildlife element and included exotic animals throughout the grounds.  Timbavati Wildlife Park breathed much needed new life into this artifact.  Unfortunately the animals weren’t enough to keep Storybook Gardens afloat.

In the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, the kiss from a prince breaks the spell to bring the princess out of her slumber.  What is next for the property?  What will be Storybook Gardens’ prince?  Only time will tell…

R.I.P Storybook Gardens :(

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3 Responses to “The Fairy Tale Has Ended For Storybook Gardens”

  1. I’m so sad to hear this. We just discovered this place last year & we were just talking earlier today how much fun we had there and now I came home & discovered this posting. So glad we got to at least go last year.

  2. I am glad that your family got to enjoy Storybook Gardens at least once before it closed :)

  3. we stayed at Days Inn Sat June 26 2011. I’ve been on the road and stayed in zillions of motels and I have never seen such a poor motel in recent years. One check in clerk at the bussest
    Check in time. Her English was good but foreign understanding of American idiioms makes communication difficult. we switched rooms because ofpool noise. Then our keys didn’t work, if we hadn’t tested before we left for dinner we would need to crawl through the window. several attempts to fix by a very nice mechanic were to no avail. HAis comment was he worked there two weeks and fixed 30 locks. Not ours. e had to go to a smLler but quiet room. I don’t care about the view unless I am in someplace where there is a view and the Dells isn’t it. But a stained mattress out the window leaves much to the imagination. I’m glad we went IHOP fkor breakfast, highly recommended, cause the reported very moldy bread might have tempted me to be more aggressive than this blog. I think a half a star would be twice as much.

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