Photo & Video TR: Kiddieland 9-26-09

The day before they closed forever... Lots of RAW footage!
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Photo & Video TR: Kiddieland 9-26-09

Postby traincrossin » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:13 pm

Kiddieland, for those who don't know, was a very nice family amusement park in Illinois. Due to family disputes and land lease issues, it is now closed for good. I was lucky enough to be able to go down and get to the park before they closed and I must say that I loved the place. There was so much family charm and it seemed like every family generation was there ranging from kids to grandparents. Now that Kiddieland is closed, the only major park in Illinois is Six Flags Great America. So here it is, pictures from the now closed Kiddieland. I do have quite a few videos as well including raw footage of Little Dipper, the train, the antique cars, log jammer, and a music video. I'll be uploading and posting them when I get the chance. Please excuse blurry pictures, my camera is not the best. All POV footage and pictures were taken with permission from the park. I also do have larger and higher quality copies of all the pictures if anyone would want one.

I was finally able to upload all of my Kiddieland videos!
-Kiddieland 9-26-09
-Auto Cars
-Little Dipper
-Log Jammer
-Train pt. 1
-Train pt. 2
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Kiddieland. It was cloudy when we got there but it cleared up later.
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The train.
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Kiddieland
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CLOWN!!!
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Little Dipper!
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Lift hill
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The train with buzz bars!
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"Scooters" or bumper cars as they're commonly known as.
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Tilty and whirly
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POV!
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Scrambler
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The ferris wheel
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Galleon
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Galleon signage
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Now time for the antique cars full of hilly terrain and trees!
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This was one of the nicest car rides i've been on.
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The log flume was also very nice.
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Wait for it...
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Almost there...
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SKLOOSH!!!
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H20 or water as it is more commonly known as.
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Log Jammer signage
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Park map
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Polyp!
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This reminds me of someone's avatar...
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OMG GALAGA!!! I loved their arcade full of retro games.
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And they have skeeball!
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LOTS of skeeball!
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Classic handbrakes.
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Station
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Little Dipper
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I think the cow wanted to "pound" it
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Cars
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Back to Log Jammer
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Tornado
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Pipeline
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I did not ride it.
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The ferris wheel
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Artsy
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Scrambler
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NERD!!!!!
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Um, no comment.
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It's time to ride the train!
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A couple more Little Dipper pics.
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Tilt-A-Whirl signage
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Scooters
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Night shots
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And I will end this report with one of my favorite pictures. Thanks for reading!
Last edited by traincrossin on Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:48 pm.
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Postby Airtime&Gravity » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:28 pm

Such a nice park, I just wish I could have gone there more than once. There are some good rides there, so I hope some other park picks them up, I really hope some park saves the log flume, and it wouldn't surprise me if Grizzly Jacks (a park looking to expand in Utica) or some park in the Dells buys some of the rides. I would just hate to see so many historic rides, mainly the carousels, be sold for scrap or parts.

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Postby QueerRudie » Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:03 pm

Terribly terribly sad- but a great TR. It reminds me of a small park that used to be in everybody's neighbourhood back decades ago- and so very sad to see another gem go the way of the Dodo.

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Postby traincrossin » Sat Jan 02, 2010 10:34 pm

Alright, it's been awhile but I was finally able to upload my Kiddieland music video to CoasterTube. Still to come (eventually) is raw footage of Little Dipper and the train. Enjoy the video!


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Postby deathbydinn » Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:52 pm

Great pictures and video, the song fits the park very nicely. Im a little sad that I never got to go to Kiddieland, but atleast I'll still be able to get the credit when it opens at Great America.

This park reminds me alot of Little Amerricka. Small but a place everyone enjoys. They have a few of the same rides and basically the same coaster just mirror images of each other. I hope L.A. doesnt have the same fate as Kiddieland.
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Postby tedten » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:37 pm

Fantastic coverage! It's such a shame this place is gone. I never got to visit kiddieland. I'm glad SFGAm is rebuilding the little dipper but that doesn't make up for loosing kiddieland.
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Postby bobbinbop20 » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:20 pm

This place was so fantastic, It's a shame it couldn't last. I love Dipper

Great Photo TR by the way, you got lots of nice pictures! Good Job!

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Postby Pufferfish » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:45 pm

Great TR and videos. It looked like such a nice park, it's always a shame to see places like this have to close.

Does anyone have any idea what has become of, or is going to happen to, the log flume? Is it getting moved anywhere or is it yet another great flume that is gone forever?
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Postby traincrossin » Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:48 pm

^I believe that Little Amerricka near the Dells bought the log flume at the Kiddieland auction.
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