I've recently did a bi coastal move to the burbs of Portland Oregon. Great city, clean air, but REALLY lacking on amusement options.
Being that I had a broken my tibia at the beginning of the summer...I'm somewhat healed, but more importantly am cleared to go on rides! It was a toss up between Oaks Park and Enchanted Forest, after watching a video on the history of this park, I was all in for exploring this park.
It's worth the watch. Basically, the park was completely handcrafted by the owner, Roger Toft. It took him over 7 years, but he sculpted all of the awesomely scary fairy tale scenes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYFSELCVT30
Don't we all wish to build our own creepy fairy tale forest?
The park itself is VERY unique. Back in Jersey, there were two similar parks: Storybookland and Gingerbread Castle. There were no rides at either parks.....Gingerbread Castle had guided tours. Sad that neither are around (although the remains of Gingerbread Castle are mixed in with a manufacturing company....very strange). Enchanted Forest have loads of little hiding spots and places to explore. Cool dioramas and animatronics. YOU WILL NEED TO GET ON YOUR KNEES TO GET AROUND. No seriously, to get to one of the slides...you have to crawl through a 'bridge'.
The Haunted Mansion is probably one of my new favorite walk through exhibits. It was much scarier than one would think to find at a childrens park. Toft used the Peppers Ghost illusion and the effect that is used on Madame Leota's crystal ball. All in all, so much better than any walk through/haunted ride on the Jersey Shore.
There is a really cool little coaster with those infamous bubble cover jammies. The video shows how it was actually another ride before. It looks and feels homemade and downright scary, like you are either going to "fall off the tracks" or smack your head on the side and get a concussion.
Also, the log flume is pretty neat (they even lend you ponchos if you wish to not get wet)....it's part coaster/part flume. I couldn't get many photos b/c I ended up with some stranger's kid. Literally, the ride op said that the mom would have to get tickets to accompany her child. So she looked at me and my man friend and said "you're adults, she can ride with you". So I was busy minding the child and making sure I wasn't liable for her jumping out of the log.
Oh....and there is a really cool trackless shooting ride. Only bummer is that there werent enough targets. Taft designed/built the theming, ride vehicles are by ETF Group.
Lastly, there are some shows that we didnt do. We were there for about 4 hours and my leg was swelling up....so we figured to save it for another time. My man friend grew up in this area and went to Enchanted Forest as a kid. He said he would watch the shows a few times upon each visit...needless to say, he was thoroughly entertained. Which doesnt surprise me. It may have been since it was the last day of the season, the staff was super friendly. I'd imagine they would also put on a good show.
A few more snoozy details. Enchanted Forest is south of Portland. About 45 min drive....depending on traffic. It's a pretty drive with the view of Mt. Hood. It's right off the highway, but if you are coming from the north...don't wait to see it to grab your exit. There isnt anything to eat in the immediate area, so unless you want sub-par themepark food (which isnt expensive, but it is really bad), I'd plan to eat before hand or pack a lunch. It's on a somewhat steep hill. So plan ahead if you have mobility issues (like I didnt).