Rod Whitenack

Published: November 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Fascinating article and video! Thank you for presenting me with something I would have otherwise never had known about. This is the kind of story that fires my own dreams. I can't even imagine the memories this individual has given to the children living in small towns near the forest. Bravo.
James Rao
Writer

Published: November 9, 2013 at 2:56 PM

What TPI Regular would NOT want to build something like Ai Pioppi?

Great stuff, James. I never even knew a place like this amusement park existed. So, were you actually there or did you just find out about it and want to share your discovery with the rest of TPI?

Being as I am 3rd generation Italian born in America, it would behoove me to get back to the Motherland at some point, and if so, why not stop by a one of a kind place like Ai Pioppi? By the time I can afford to go, these "smaller, shorter, slower" personal rides may be all I can handle! ;)

Good stuff, Mr. K.!

James Koehl
Writer

Published: November 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

I wish I could claim the discovery of this remarkable park or the documentary revealing it to the world. I believe that Fabrica sent the link to Robert, and he offered me the chance to write an article about it. I am so glad he did- I found the documentary fascinating to watch on several levels. I thought it was a visually beautiful film, and as a Theme Park Apprentice veteran I was intrigued at the concept of someone actually building his own park with his own two hands.

Thank you for the kind words about the article. My article is only as good as the material I have to work with, and Ai Pioppi and the film that brought it to our attention is a true masterpiece. I am just the messenger.

Jonah Sirota

Published: November 9, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Thank you, James. This is profoundly cool. I see in this a little bit of that spirit of homegrown joy-making that I've found at Knoebel's, which, although different from Ai Pioppo, is equally unique, I believe. Also, the hand-welded rides at Ai Pioppi reminded me of images I've seen of the City Museum in St. Louis, which I've never visited, but which is supposed to be a similarly open-ended, semi-chaotic, and joyous experience to visit.