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Zackery Demur said:   November 6, 2013 8:22 am PST
Thank you so much for the memories. I grew up in Lombard and my parents would take my sisters and I on Friday nights after my dad got home from work. I remember the scambler the best and the fun house ride where you would sit in this high backed car and ride through it. I was so sad as a kid when it closed and the tower was built in its place. I hated that building.

Pete Smith said:   October 14, 2013 6:36 pm PST
I went there as a kid in the 70's. It was fun, inexpensive and nearby. Thanks for the website!

Jamie O'Neal said:   September 24, 2013 8:41 pm PST
I remember waiting in line with my mom for my first cabbage patch.....Dale Isadoa....I was only 5 but I remember waiting and the line was all the way out in the parking lot. Thank you for making this page! As a manager of Toys R Us its amazing to see how far we have come.

Colette Montalbano said:   September 19, 2013 6:04 pm PST
I just found a picture of my parents and children getting on the merry go round, circa 1979

Chris said:   September 9, 2013 10:30 am PST
I remember my parents taking me there in the early 80's and was sad to see it go. Any idea if there are Kiddie Kingdom t-shirts or something that someone could purchase with the name on it? It is nice to have something like that from my childhood.

Olympia Ruppe said:   September 7, 2013 12:26 pm PST
I was born n 1972 and we used to go with my family quite a bit. That was the big hit spot for kids. Alot of wonderful memories.......then unfortunately it had to end......Thanks, for all the memories and reminding us of our childhood.

tomk said:   September 6, 2013 12:22 pm PST
Many fond memories of buying model car kits and Aurora AFX cars there - still have most of them.. another great memory of seeing Russ Howell do a 360 demo for GT skateboards there..

J. Garrett said:   September 1, 2013 8:31 pm PST
My best friend Alan Sevy worked in the ice cream parlor and knew Linda well. He passed away in 2009. RIP my old friend, I miss you!!!

Elizabeth Huslig said:   August 12, 2013 7:12 pm PST
Thanks so much for this wonderful trip down Memory Lane. I remember the Children's Theater...in the fall it seemed more like a haunted house with the dim rooms. The Scrambler was my very first ride. In the Castle of Toys I remember the baby dolls in the bottles. I just had to have one with red hair :) The jingle is so good to hear. Thanks again.

Mary (Hruby) Gillen said:   July 4, 2013 11:49 am PST
Remember this so well as a child-also working with Rose at a carnival once running the cane toss. Mom and Rose were good friends-sure wish this place still existed-my grandkids would LOVE it! Never could have imagined this being found on the internet-such wonderful memories!! Love you, Rose!

Ronni said:   May 27, 2013 4:30 pm PST
OMG... It looks exactly like I remember it... ( even in black and white lol )

Kathleen Murphy-Denz said:   April 25, 2013 8:46 am PST
Miss this place. Not only did i live right next to it in the old Ernie Pyle subdivision a few houses down from the dispensas but, my aunt Barbara worked there. Brings memories.

Angela Wiegold said:   April 11, 2013 11:17 am PST
Thanks for a trip down memory lane.. When I was a kid this was the place that we went to.. Sad that it closed down.

Cathy Rose said:   November 8, 2012 7:19 am PST
I remember you mentioning the carnival. It was fascinating to read the detailed history.

Grateful mom said:   October 21, 2012 10:54 am PST
In the early 80's I was a single mom of 2. It was a great place affordable and fun. Many happy memories. Thank you.

Colleen Sluga Bos said:   October 20, 2012 8:43 am PST
My kids, their friends and I spent Many many many hours at Kiddie Kingdom and Castle of Toys. You were a blessing to us and we wish you the very best. 6 rides for a dollar and 1 dollar for a hot dog that the kids could split because they were little children. The place was clean and even then I wondered how you could make much of a profit. You will always be remembered as good people and in the end, that is what you were. You have been a blessing.

Victoria Sluga said:   October 20, 2012 7:56 am PST
Thank you for posting this. I have so many wonderful memories of visiting Kiddie Kingdom with my brother and Mom. THANK YOU for the memories.

Kid of the 70's said:   October 5, 2012 4:47 pm PST
THANK YOU so very much for this site. The photos brought back such a flood of great childhood memories that wouldn't have resurfaced without this site! :) Keep up the fantastic work and thanks again!

Rob M said:   August 24, 2012 12:36 am PST
Thank you so much for your hard work to build this page, as a kid I only lived 3 miles away! Incredible memories! wish I could see more footage and pics inside the castle. I can still feel the excitment of pulling up to the castle, walking up to the huge soldiers!! Its a real shame its gone!! THANK YOU for a bit of time travel!!

jim said:   August 8, 2012 4:42 pm PST
i was watching an episode of american pickers not long ago and they were someplace in central illinois i believe it was. they came across someone who had carnival stuff in his collection. some of the rides kind of struck a bell when i saw them, but i also thought there had to be many of that type made. but when they panned around the property, they came across what i think may have been Dispensas old merchandice trailer that got hauled around to the different sites. brought back fond memories of not only the carnival coming to hinsdale, but working for the Dispensas as well.

Tom K. said:   August 8, 2012 12:13 pm PST
I always had this memory of a castle and fun park, but it was so faint I couldn't tell if I dreamed it or really had it. Then on a segment of the WGN morning show they were talking about places you loved as a kid that closed and someone mentioned this place. I looked up the website and it all came back to me. We lived about an hour away, but I remember coming here as a treat when I was a kid. I wish that there were still places like this around so I could take my kids. Thanks for the website. It's so nostalgic for me. Brings back great memories.

SueB said:   July 31, 2012 11:57 am PST
Great website! Thanks for the memories!

Patti H. said:   July 26, 2012 12:35 pm PST
Thank You for the memories! This makes me smile. My daughter 14 can't believe what a cool place it was & how lucky wewere to grow with this as part of our childhood!

Rebecca said:   June 16, 2012 9:37 am PST
Dispensa's was the Disney of the Midwest. We lived on the South Side of the city and often went as kids. Our visits remain some of the best moments of my childhood. How I wish it was still around for my niece and nephews to enjoy....but it's great looking back through all the pictures. Thanks for the memories.

Frank Swiatek said:   May 29, 2012 4:13 pm PST
Wow! Thanks for the website! It brought back memories of just how great the castle was to me as a child! Magical!

Phil said:   April 26, 2012 6:33 pm PST
Six rides for a dollar.... imagine that in today's world! We lived in Downers Grove and dad's office was right there in Oak Brook. It's all changed so much since those days. The Dispensa family helped make Dupage County in the 60s and 70s a magical place.

steve csaszar said:   April 7, 2012 8:03 am PST
early 70s me an friend larry every fri we would go there each of us would buy 1 ho slot car an 2 pieces of track , what memories we had going there buying slot cars easy to fine toys were everywhere better then toys r us there was nothing like dc of toys thanks for the memeries also still collecting slot cars so any one selling any email me thanks

Laura said:   February 15, 2012 1:43 pm PST
Wow!!! Great site. I was just reading everyones posts. And the girl that was there on the ferris wheel when the flame burnt down, my Mom and brother were on that ferris wheel too watching it. My brother and I used to beg my Dad to take us every time we drove by it. The storybook ride scared me though. It was the witch. I'll never forget it. My brother and I used to fight a lot and we never got along except for when we went to Kiddie Kingdom. I have great memories of my brother there. Who past away a few years ago. Thank you for helping me remember them.

Jack said:   January 27, 2012 3:02 pm PST
I enjoyed all of your website with the many photographs. I did take some pictures with my children - perhaps you may want to take a look. Let me know.

Frank Dispensa said:   January 17, 2012 11:55 am PST
I remember going here as a kid and it was always a lot of fun. To this day, I still get asked about it, even though, to the best of my knowledge, we aren't related.

steve said:   January 16, 2012 4:46 pm PST
i loved this place every friday in the early 70s me an a friend go there buy 2 ho slot cars an 2 pcs of track oh how i miss that place bought many slot cars from there

Glenn Pinta said:   January 9, 2012 10:48 am PST
Yes I rember my Dad buying Lionel Trains in 1963. The back wall had a huge artwork on Lionel Trains. Several years ago my daughter played Gems softball with one of the granddaughters in Westomt.

Tom Haverly said:   December 27, 2011 7:55 pm PST
My grandmother was a Dispensa. Not sure how she was related to the Dispensas of the Castle of Toys. I remember visiting the castle in my childhood, and knowing there was some family connection. No discounts though. :)

Pam said:   December 6, 2011 6:13 am PST
I remembered Kiddie Kingdom while watching a commercial of people purchasing Christmas Tree's.....my Dad would take me here and I would just awe at all the things.....its wonderful all the work put into this site....and thank you for all the wonderful memories!

mark t said:   November 15, 2011 9:25 am PST
I remember Mom taking me there when I was a kid growing up on the south side of Chicago....Mom's gone but the memories are still alive!!! Thanks for your hard work...

Andy Olson said:   November 4, 2011 8:25 pm PST
I remember my dad buying model train hobby stuff from the building in front where the future castle of toys was to be built.

Erik said:   November 2, 2011 1:01 pm PST
thanks for the site. Do you have any pictures of inside the castle and the toys store? I would also love to see pictures of the inside, of the little fun house that was in the back corner.

Alicia Z. said:   October 13, 2011 6:44 pm PST
I have great childhood memories of Kiddie Kingdom!!

Daryl S said:   September 25, 2011 6:23 pm PST
I have never been to your store . But I remember your commercials on TV. When I was a kid it made me feel so good inside and made me so anxious about xmas. I to this day sing that commercial jingle in my head. Crazy huh. Dont care . Makes me still smile.and remember my child hood. Thanks

Robo said:   August 31, 2011 8:21 pm PST
Wow, I never realized the castle was around that long (opened one year before I was born). We used to go there for my friend's parties all the time. Thanks for the great site and the memories.

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