Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!

by samantha on July 14, 2010


So, here I am on yet another vacation. With each trip comes a great escape and resolutions for a better, more efficient life at home. This little jaunt has brought us to Lake George, NY. I’ve rented a little cottage with my mom and the kids for the week. The cottage is nestled in a cute, family style ‘resort’. There are playgrounds, pools, picnic tables, bbq’s, a game room they call the ‘canteen’ and plenty of pine trees and little critters. Every cottage is occupied and there are kids running amok and parents drinking beer out of those foam beer cooler thingies. It’s all very Friday the 13th. I love it…so long as I don’t get murdered. If you’ve never been to Lake George it’s filled with 1950′s style motels and resorts, and exudes retro american family fun.

But this post isn’t about the trip itself, but a trip within a trip. On Monday we visited the Magic Forest. I’d been to Lake George prior to having kids and knew that beyond that gingerbread entrance was something spectacular. Years ago I had BD take my photo outside knowing that one day, I too would visit the Magic Forest, but it was not my time yet. Well the day finally arrived; the Magic Forest and all it’s whimsy awaited us.

The Magic Forest has been around since the 1940′s and looks like it’s hardly had an upgrade since its mid-century heyday. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to find Americana like this and let me tell you, it did not disappoint. It was beyond my wildest dreams. I geeked out like a high schooler on acid. I wished that I could have kicked out every last person and taken up residence like it was my Neverland Ranch. If I were an editor at a high fashion magazine I would make gorgeous models slank through the vintage forest village in trashy beautiful ensembles. I tortured Fritz with a million photos, made him wear a peter pan hat from the gift shop and was running around like a total spazz. If someone was to say to me “Samantha, now that you’ve won your tenth Super Bowl Championship, what are you going to do?”. I’d say “I’m going to the Magic Forest!”

The proof is in the pudding. Just look at this place….


This is who beckons you to escape reality for an afternoon and enter the Magic Forest zone. Isn’t he dreamy?


Beyond a sea of mini vans all your wishes can come true….if they involve fist-fulls of cotton candy, hokey magicians and humongos paper mache story folk.


Another friendly face.


I ran.


Thank gawd we had an adult there to supervise us. Thanks mom!


There is a reoccurring Christmas thing happening throughout the Magic Forest. I’m pretty sure they’re trying to convince us that this is where Santa hangs out for the summer. Makes sense. You’ll seeeeee…..


As soon as this thing started to boogie Fritz ceased up and slumped down into ‘this isn’t happening’ mode. The ride was stopped and he exited stage left.



Now here was a ride Fritz could get down with. Oh and the hat. Let me explain….


This most incredible dusty-dead-stock-relic was bought in the gift shop where there were absolutely still a gift assortment from 1957. The ancient old lady behind the counter asks the child what color feather they want in their hat and then gingerly hands it over to the lucky lass. Fritz was the only kid in the park wearing one and I happily usurped it mid-way through the visit.





A creepy Cinderella exhibit and Fritz frolicking.


Jeepers Creepers! This thing was freaky.





This guy was a hack deluxe! At one point he’s doing a trick where he stuffs a bunch of hankies into a ‘empty’ velvet sack. In mid stuff he accidentally drops the bag and it makes a thud on the floor. He say’s ‘oops’ continues his trick to reveal a live dove. The audience was in awe. The trick sucked but the guy just dropped a bird on stage. Riveting stuff.






Ta-Da!  At the end of the magic show they tell you they’re going to take the audience to see the nations only diving horse. I’ve seen this shit in Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons but I never saw it in real life. The poor horse didn’t want anything to do with it but had obviously been tortured to perform this hideous stunt. It was kinda sad.


The magic pan.


Christmas in July!




Poor Santa. He wasnt even in swim trunks by a pool. He’s forced to spend summers in a hot little hut with nothing but a fan and a sleigh bed in the corner. Also he didn’t speak…um, yea, that’s what made it weird. Fritz is terrified, I’m elated.


The magical food court. I asked for juice and they gave me blue drank. Every child’s dream.

That concludes our trip to the Magic Forest. Memories we’re made and I hope you stay in business for ever more. See you next year!!!

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alissawins July 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm

holy crap that place IS magical! i want to live there. but i’d get rid of that poor diving horse. so sad. ps your kids are look like twins.

Cuhsandra July 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I loved this entire post, you should tag it, “epic”.

But yeah, the horse part broke my heart. You can tell he’s thinking, “I fuckin hate this”. Diving horses are literally supposed to dive, not jump as they get as close to the water as possible before said leap. I’ll pray he somehow escapes into the surrounding tree area…

kri July 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm

WOW. that place looks straight outta my crazy imagination! i think i’m going to have to go there someday …
on a sidenote: my BFF who lives near you (Brooklyn) and is also a Virgo … she is an amazing photographer and does a ton of independent projects with models. you guys should team up and do that fashion-shoot project. it would be epic! truly, truly. we can talk more about this when i get to brooklyn (end of next week) … hehehe

Samantha July 14, 2010 at 6:58 pm

@kri You better hit me up!

Suki Bang July 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I’d love that place if I wasn’t so terrified of clowns.

vv July 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

i told you about this last year but – before the summer is over you HAVE TO HAVE TO go to Knoebles Grove in Pa. It is seriously my favorite place in the world. AND they have a water park! In the middle of a forest! Its amazing.

heama603 July 16, 2010 at 7:20 am

Sam what was the name of the place you rented? We have a house upstate and visit Lake George a bit, I’d love to actually STAY there though!

Looks like MASSIVE fun!

cynthia July 16, 2010 at 6:27 pm

I really want to check out the Amish Wonderland in PA. I can only hope it’s this awesome. This summer I am headed to Santa Claus, Indiana before I move back to the east coast.

samantha July 17, 2010 at 5:11 pm

@heama603 Just returned. Home sweet fucking home. We stayed at a place called Twin Birches….It wasn’t on the lake, it was across the road, but it was great for kids. I’d give it an 8 for family comfort and fun. Kids everywhere! I’m gonna do a post about the whole sha-bang and I’ll include photos.

Erin July 19, 2010 at 11:22 am

I was terrified for Lightening the Diving Horse. It’s kind of ironic that you posted that video because there is an old movie that the Disney channel used to play called Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. It’s a true story and there is a diving horse named Lightening. You should check it out. My sister and I loved watching it.

heama603 July 20, 2010 at 7:09 am

Sweet, thanks for the heads up!

Kelly B. July 21, 2010 at 5:32 am

OMG! I went here last year with my Mom and Kimani!!! My Mom and I were hungover which made it extra interesting! I was totally planning a fashion shoot the whole time I was in there too :) It was a kinda chilly day when we went. Alot of the rides were closed and sometimes they’d have an operator run one ride, then move the kids to the next ride. To this day I am STILL disturbed about the “diving horse.” It was so disgusting looking around at all the people watching like “woooo! YEAH”, when I just felt like it was so abusive and mean. Other than that, definitely and adventure!

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