Sunday, January 29, 2017

Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom (Amusement Park) on Routes 83 and 38, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. (1975-1984)

Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom & Castle of Toys was a combination toy store and kiddie amusement park in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, Illinois. It was located at the intersection of Routes 83 and 38 (Roosevelt Road) which is in the suburb of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.
The Dispensa family operated a portable carnival business in the Chicago western suburbs before settling down to open a toy store, "Dispensa's Castle of Toys" in 1967. The kiddie amusement park, "Kiddie Kingdom," followed in 1975 when the Dispensa family opened a small amusement area next to the toy store when they decided to retire from the mobile carnival business.
They set up many of the carnival rides and offered family fun at a low cost. In the beginning the tickets cost 6-rides for a dollar.
The Kiddie Kingdom featured scaled-down rides designed for children under 12 years old. "Kiddie Parks" were a new innovation during the baby-boom years of the 1950s and 1960s, and remained popular into the 1970s. Kiddie Kingdom had, among other rides, an antique German carousel and a miniature train that circled the five-acre grounds.
The park was in operation until 1984 when along with Dispensa's Castle of Toys, they sold the land. There were no family members interested in taking over the businesses and the offer was quite good. At that time, the property was sold and the rides and attractions were auctioned off by Norton Auctioneers of Michigan Inc.
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The property was developed by the firm of Miglin-Beitler, and is now the home of the Oakbrook Terrace Tower. The only thing remaining from the Dispensa empire is a street leading to the Oakbrook Terrace Tower, which the developers kindly named "Castle Drive."

Visit our Souvenir Shop on your way out.

Read the Complete History of the Dispensa Carnivals, Castle of Toys and Kiddie Kingdom.

Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.


Dispensa's Castle of Toys TV Commercial circa 1970s

Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom TV Commercial 1981.

Despensa's Kiddie Kingdom Queen.

Souvenir and Snack Shop

Ice Cream Parlor





  1. No comments?!?! I was born in 1973 and this was/is my favorite place in the WORLD!!! God bless the entire bloodline. :) Forever a child of Kiddie Kingdom. Storybook Land will always remain burned into my memory. ;}~

    1. man - I just scrolled all the Pics just to find Storybook land ..You have the same memories I do.

  2. I too was disappointed there are no comments! I Googled Kiddie Kingdom, as I was scanning some old family photos from 1979 - me in pigtails eating cotton candy, merry go rounds, everyone smiling, my parents so young! What nostalgia: I don't recall the experience because I was a toddler, but this article has given brillance to the memories of youth. Thank you.

  3. This place is etched into my memory as is Kiddie Land and at least I got to take my daughter to Kiddie Land before it closed and ironically I moved 2 minutes from where Kiddie land was a year after they closed. As another commenter mentions Storybook land is something I will never forget and the Yacht club where I witnessed a squirrel skiing behind a RC boat. Oh the good old days. Also remember the waterslide directly across 83 which I believe is still there in the hill but has not been in operation since the 80s. If were up to me I would open all these places again.


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