Thanks for the memories! My parents used to take myself and sisters to Kiddie Kingdom when we lived in Oak Forest, IL. Thanks!
Polly (Petersen) Smith Hunt said:May 13, 2011 6:35 am PST
Wow! What a GREAT trip down memory lane...when the commercial jingle came on I immediately remembered all the words and sang along, as I did as a child growing up in Elmhurst. I always pleaded with my parents to take me to Dispensa's Kiddie Kingdom and Castle of Toys; unfortunately it was never enough and I was so sorry to see it gone. I'm so happy to have found this treasure-of-a-website to return to for sharing happy memories. Thank you!
Jeff Crowe Sr. said:May 13, 2011 6:34 am PST
I was born and raised in Elmhurst. I remember Kiddie Kingdom well. Although I didn't get many chances to go there, I really do remember the times that I did. What a great website this is. Thank you so much for these memories.
Bill T. said:May 11, 2011 12:44 pm PST
This web site rocks. My family had so many wonderful times here. The toy Castle was so much better than Toys R Us. You really felt like you were wlking into a real castle once you went over the draw bridge and the mote. My Dad would take me here to buy H/O trains and all kinds of other stuff for our rail road track. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for this web site!!!!!!
Pam Turlow said:April 28, 2011 6:51 am PST
What a great site! I'm writing a book about vintage parks (that still exist) across the U.S. and it's such a treat to be able to take a trip down Memory Lane with your site, to see this small, delightful park again in its heyday. Great job!
JoAnnA Foris said:March 27, 2011 4:50 pm PST
I went there in my Childhood, I lived in: Elmhurst, IL. Growing up, my folks & I didn't have much money, this was:
'Poor Mans WDW/WDL'/ Heaven On Earth. Thank-You for a Tribute To My Youth !!
Laquita M. said:March 13, 2011 7:23 pm PST
WOW! What an awesome trip down memory lane! I loved Kiddie Kingdom so much as a child! Fantastic memories! Thank you for this site!
Sarah M. said:March 10, 2011 11:45 am PST
Just found this after a classmate posted the youtube commercial on FB! I grew up in Elmhurst, and had many birthday parties here, loved it! And thought the toy store was the most amazing place! I was there the day the restaurant "the Flame" burnt down in OBT-I watched the whole thing from the top of the ferris wheel! Thanks for the memory trip!
Jennifer said:March 9, 2011 2:44 pm PST
Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful pictures. I grew up in Hillside and my mom and dad used to take my brothers and I here. So many good memories!!!!!
chris hager said:February 14, 2011 9:21 am PST
Wow!! Don't even know why I was thinking about the old Kiddie Kingdom or the Castle of Toys, but low and behold when I googled Dispensa's this website appeared. Thanks for putting up this website. Seeing the pictures brought back a lot of memories of my childhood. With so many things from our youth disappearing, its nice to see someone take the time to put something like this together! Unbelievable flash-back going to the castle with my grandfather when I was little in the early 70's...I also remember all of the train stuff you sold in the back corner. Kiddie Kingdom was always an in-expensive way to spend a saturday afternoon..Thanks again and keep the memories alive!
Scott Dyczkowski said:February 11, 2011 4:41 pm PST
I loved this place. I only went there a few times but it was a GREAT part of my childhood. This sie evoked many happy memories. Thank you for putting this site up.
John De said:February 8, 2011 6:02 pm PST
I too was a ride operator, worked on setting up rides with john sr. John and I setup the scrambler together. Helped with the setup of the kiddie park. Worked the Grand Opening of the Kiddie Park. Best memory doing a complete tear down of Dupage Fair and completely setting up Kane County Fair in one day.
Great times and enjoyed the company.
Cathy Brown said:February 7, 2011 12:02 pm PST
I remember going to Kiddie Kingdom when we were little! We lived in Streamwood, but my grandma lived in Villa Park. My mom went to grandmas house every Friday. I remember begging to go to Kiddie Kingdom every time we drove by it! Every once in a while they would suprise us and actually take us there!!! I so remember riding the train (I loved that train)! And the boats in the water- another fav! And those swings and mini scrambler!! Also loved the storybook ride. I loved this place! Nothing like pulling up to those huge toy soldiers on the front of the building!!! I will never forget Kiddie Kingdom!!!
Jeff W said:February 7, 2011 10:50 am PST
I worked as a Ride Operator the summer of 1980. Seeing the pictures brings back a lot of great memories! Thanks!
john sheehan said:January 2, 2011 10:03 am PST
i rember all the storys the family whould tell me about the place and the family. my grandma is a dispensa her name is rose and she is a relative of the dispensa she worked in the shoe store with her father. it i nice to see something like this so i can learn more about my family thank you
Nancy Z said:December 27, 2010 6:40 pm PST
This is a great web page!! My kids always enjoyed going there....actually I loved playing the games and the ice cream shop!
Thanks for all the memories!!!
Kathy said:December 27, 2010 1:02 pm PST
I remember all the fun I had at Kiddie Kingdom. It was a decent price and when there are a lot of kids, price is important. I also have the Shirley Temple doll and Lacey doll from the castle. They are very old and precious to me.So thank you for all the great memories Kiddie Kingdom.
Kim K. said:December 27, 2010 11:57 am PST
I remember coming here with my parents, what is treat it was! Also driving past everytime we went shopping at Sears in the mall!
Joe said:December 17, 2010 11:35 pm PST
Thank You for the best childhood memories!
Kim Schulz said:December 17, 2010 11:01 am PST
Great to read the history about Kiddie Kingdom. I think I am related to your family - My Grandmother is Rose Dispensa her sister is Antoinette Dispensa and they worked in the shoe store??
Vicky said:December 15, 2010 8:02 pm PST
Thanks for putting up these wonderful pictures! Do you have any photos from inside of the store? I still remember the big doll sitting on the sign at the doll aisle! What ever happened to those big signs?
Ann McAllister said:December 14, 2010 12:56 pm PST
I really enjoyed looking at the old photos and reading about the family history. It would have been nice to include photos of the family, so we could put names and faces together. Thanks for sharing though. Brings back lots of wonderful memories!!!
Michelle W. said:December 11, 2010 10:35 pm PST
It's hard for me to put this into words, but I can only say is...I feel like a kid again!!! My favorite toy store, Dispensa's- Castle of Toys was better than Toys R Us.
What memories..... The Good Old Days...an unforgotten time and place. I wish we didn't live in such a disposable society and stop tearing down what the past has brought us and preserved the memories. Instead, we built these oversized and out of placed buildings like the Oak Brook Terrace Tower (it has leaned from time to time and had to suspend wire to prevent this). One thing that is for certain... you have preserved these memories for future generations to come by the pictures and sounds(commercials) of the past. Thank you so much...is the best words I can say.
Pete said:November 11, 2010 9:40 pm PST
Thanks for putting this together. I grew up in Wheaton and begged my dad every weekend to go to DKK. I think he gave in a couple times a summer.....such fond memories. It's too bad kids don't have places like this anymore. We were lucky....Thanks again!
Amy said:October 27, 2010 10:06 am PST
Thank you so much for putting this website together. We used to live in Addison, and would go to DKK. Infact, I remember meeting "Cookie" the clown and "Wizzo" from the Bozo show in the Castle of Toys. We still talk about Kiddie Kingdom. Thanks again!!!
Ken M. said:October 25, 2010 10:30 am PST
Thanks for putting up the commercial!! I'm the kid (now 37) in the gray mickey mouse sweatshirt at the end - on the left. I remember the actor being mad at me because I kept trying to take the whole cotton candy. Really neat to see that!
Sherri Lynn said:October 23, 2010 7:49 pm PST
I'm happy to see a website dedicated to this wonderful amusement park of my childhood. Grew up in Lombard & had a couple birthday parties there at DKK. Very fond memories of an age of innocent. Loved the ferris wheel & octopus. Great memories! Then every Sat. night it was me & my girlfirends skating at Elm Skating Rink across Rt 38 from DKK. Both places may be gone but will never be forgotten.
Andy Sarallo said:October 13, 2010 10:23 am PST
Dispensas was by far the best! I wish
It was gone by the time my son was born.
My Dad bought the train that was in the store, I still have it to this day.
My Dad spoke highly of the whole Dispensa family. Thank you for all the memories,and your friendship. All the best and, god bless.
John-John said:September 22, 2010 8:33 pm PST
i can't tell you how long I've waited for this site. Thanks so much for sharing. I had a blast at that awesome place. It was a great part of my childhood!
CLW said:August 28, 2010 7:33 pm PST
Thanks for bringing back great memories. I visited Dispensa's a lot as a young child. I still have a large horse stuffed animal that my Mom & Grandma bought for me in the Castle of Toys in about 1978!
Robert Mirocha said:August 10, 2010 12:48 pm PST
Glad you did this
Wish is was still there!
Kim Garringer said:August 8, 2010 6:10 am PST
My pappy Roy Menk was a conductor for the train, my cousins boys rode the same train at a farm in the suburbs. Talk about family history!! I remember meeting Cookie the clown, and ringmaster Ned, as well as the Cabbage Patch Kid craze at the castle of toys. Amazing times, those.
Bobby said:August 6, 2010 4:09 pm PST
I really enjoyed the pics. brings back memories and remembered all the rides when I was a kid. Thanks so much!
That Kid said:August 5, 2010 1:57 pm PST
My parents never took me there. Though i remember driving by it and would have really like to have gone. I had to settle on coloring stones from my driveway instead:(
Kevin said:August 3, 2010 5:43 pm PST
Although I was only 5 when they closed, some of my earliest happy memories were my times here. I grew up in Hillside, and remember stopping here frequently after long days of shopping at the malls with my folks. I still dream of the Storybook Land ride from time to time, and have always carried a strong resentment to the eyesore of a building that went up in its place. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Parick Dispensa said:August 3, 2010 9:52 am PST
My great Grandfather Santo Dispensa's brother settled in Chicago sometime after the turn of the century. I know he visited Chicago in the 30's I believe. They came from a small town just outside of Palermo. I feel we must be kin. Wish I had been able to visit the store and park. Small number of Dispensa's live in the Galveston Texas area.
Kim Paprocki said:July 23, 2010 4:58 pm PST
I always felt like a princess going in to the store. It didn't bother me one bit once I got inside and it was "just a store"! I miss this place!!!
Anna Dispensa said:July 9, 2010 9:19 pm PST
I believe I may be a distant relative of the owners, but when I was little I was convinced that I MUST be a princess because there was a whole castle of toys with my name on it!! I still haven't gotten over the disappointment of discovering that it truly wasn't my castle. I was too young to remember many details, but I was really sad when I heard they closed. Thank you for sharing, and I would also love to see more photos!
Steve said:July 8, 2010 9:19 pm PST
I used to love going to the toy store when I was kid. This is an awesome site. very nice. Brought back some memories
James Hitchcock said:July 3, 2010 8:03 pm PST
I LOVED DISPENSA'S KIDDIE KINGDOM.
This site has really brought back great memories of my family and friends.
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