this place looks so much better than it did 7 years ago, now there are beautiful gardens everywhere , the animal show is worth the price of admission , there are lots of animals to see as well as the petting zoo and feeding the giraffes .The buildings have all been repainted
I would recomend it to any body. yes they concentrate more on the animals thats why it is called Timbervati at storybook gardens.
So go ahead spend a couple of hours there with the animals
We were also very disappointed with the upkeep of the gardens and animals on our visit. The ponds were disgusting, the animals were in "cages", the train ride was only available once every hour and it lasted a grand total of 3 minutes, and so on. This was our first visit so we can't compare it now to how it used to be but I know it can't get much worse. They do have a nice playground and the animal show was interesting but not worth admission. Also, this was the only attraction that we visited in the Dells that we had to pay admission for a 2 year old. We would not recommend this attraction.
I took my son here thinking it would be like it was when I was younger and was very disappointed. It shouldn't even be advertised as Storybook Gardens anymore. The majority of the storybook displays were broken, and all of them the paint was chipping off. The Jack and the Beanstalk display was tipped over and laying on the ground broken! They should just take out the storybook displays if the only thing they are going to keep up is the animals so that people are not expecting to see both things. The animals were neat and my son had fun feeding the giraffes. It should not be advertised as both attractions for one price, because realistically no one would pay to see a bunch of run-down old storybook displays. It would be nice if they could put a little effort into maintaining the Storybook Gardens part. I would not pay to go back here, or recommend it to anyone.
My family and I went to Storybook Gardens. All the kids (ranged from 1-4) really enjoyed themselves. The adults did too. Some of the displays look like they still need some work, but it is apparent that the owner is slowly working on restoring the Gardens to what they once might have been. The cost was very reasonable (around $10.00 per person) and the downtime with the kids was a nice change. I would definitely go back.
I went as a child and was excited to see it was still there and took my own child. It was unbelievable how run down the place was. It was like it shouldn't even have been open and my husband couldn't believe it was over $30 for the three of us to get in! The animals in the cages made us sad. They were simply cages, not environments like at a zoo. The storybook characters that are left were peeling paint, rotting, broken and we only saw one that still moved like it once had. It was like being in an amuzement ghost park or the bizarro world. My son didn't seem to mind but we thought it was creepy. I would love to see this place fixed up as most of the "stories" are classics and I believe many children would still enjoy the park today.
I went to storybook gardens as a child about 15 years ago and still remember the experience. It was a huge place with lots of characters walking around and tons of storybook settings. I went back (august 2007) and was totally dissapointed. It was more of a wildlife park than storybook gardens. The few storybook settings that were left were not kept up. If you are taking your kids here because you remember it when you were a kid, don't go. It isn't what it used to be.
I took my Grandkids ages 3 and 1, in May of 2007. It was not at all what I expected. For a 3 yr old it was ok. We did have a good time for the couple hours it took us to go tour the whole place. We never saw any Live storybook characters and things seemed unkept, almost dirty. The grandkids did like being able to feed the giraffes and the ducks/swans, and the even the 1 yr old enjoyed the Carousel. Overall I would say spend your time elsewhere. It was cheap enough and for the kids being as young as they were it was nice but I would not go back.
I went here as a child and was sad to see how many displays needed work. My children, a 10 year old and twins that are 4 1/2 all enjoyed the experience. We went last year and and kids really enjoyed the animals, carosels and seeing the characters running around. I wish they would take better care of the appearance of the displays though.
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