Hoffman's closing: A moment in bad parenting remembered
My wife and I would take our oldest, now heading to college, to Disney World when she was younger. In fact, we would go three or four times a season.
"How was your weekend?" she would be asked in first grade.
"Great. I went to Disney World."
She figured it out, eventually.
Sad news about Hoffman's Playland closing. Told @zoemcguiree when she was 6 that it was Disney. That place saved us so much money.— Donna Liquori (@donna_liquori) July 8, 2014
This week, they made it official: The park’s last weekend will be Sept. 13-14. After that, they will sell all the rides and equipment at auction and redevelop the eight acres of land on Route 9 for retail and residential purposes.
... But nostalgia has been stirring all year long, with people submitting old photos of grinning children and sharing their favorite memories, like the time one woman, as a child, got stuck at the top of the Ferris wheel in the rain with her grandfather. Or the day they were tall enough to drive the bumper cars. Or ringing the bell on the boat ride. Or spotting cute kids with toothless smiles on the Jolly Caterpillar. Or howling like a ghost in the train tunnel.