Wiregrass Newsroom: Big Move a Big Success at Festival

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- Kiddieland is busting at the seams.  And it's all because of one simple change.

"We thought if we could move the kiddie rides out of the main ride area and have a separate kiddie land, we'd give it a try and see how it worked," says Danny Huston, the general manager of North American Midway Entertainment.

This is the first year the festival has separated the kiddie rides from the Midway, or the main rides.  According to parents and kids, the move is a success.

"It's easier because it's just the little kids out here and the lines are shorter.  It seems better.  It's a smaller area, so it's easier to maneuver," says Amy Bonds.

Huston says with younger and older kids grouped together in the past, previous festivals were sometimes tough on families.

"A lot of times the little ones struggled a little bit to be with the teenagers, and the parents looked like they would struggle a little bit."

Not only has the move been beneficial for parents, but it's also been a win-win situation for the entire festival. They've been able to add new rides to both the Kiddieland area and the Midway.

"We added the little mini bumper cars, the Mini Indy that hasn't been here in dothan before. We added the little antique car ride," says Huston.

And as a big kid, Nicole Morales loves the separation.

"It's just amazing because everybody that was over there.  It was tons of lines and more people there."

As an added bonus for children and parents, Kiddieland is now designated a smoke-free zone.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney