Amusement Park Ride Information

Celebration in the Oaks

Looking for information you need to know about amusement rides in Carousel Gardens during Celebration in the Oaks? You're in the right place!

To enter Celebration in the Oaks, an admission ticket must be purchased. You may do that at the ticket booth on Victory Avenue but we suggest buying the tickets online at so you can avoid a ticket line. 

Please remember there are three parts of the event. 1) Storyalnd and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park has 18 rides and some lights. 2)The train ride through 2 miles of the front of City Park displays additional light exhibits. 3) The New Orleans Botanical Garden: the majority of the lights and entertainment. 

Your Celebration in the Oaks 'admission only' ticket does not include any rides.

Your best bet is to purchase a Straight to the Gate ticket - which includes admission, an unlimited ride band, AND a dedicated entrance at Storyland (look for Humpty Dumpty). 


-Straight to the Gate Tickets: $28/person (admission and unlimited rides)

-Celebration in the Oaks Admission Tickets: $10/person

-Children under 3 and Friends of City Park Members: Free (Are you a member? - click here)

-Train Ride: $5/person

-Parker's Station Reservation: $5/person upgrade to train ticket

-Amusement Park Rides: $4/single ride ticket (excludes train)

-$18/unlimited ride band (includes train)

-Admission tickets do not have dates on them. Tickets are good for any night the event is open in the current season.

- Last entry to event is 20 minutes prior to closing. Train tickets sales on-site will stop one hour before closing. At one hour before closing, visitors will not be able to get in the train line. This will also happen with other Amusement Park rides. Individual train tickets may be used in place of any single ride ticket for any other ride in the Amusement Park (but not the other way around). 

The new SWING RIDE in City Park

The new SWING RIDE in City Park

-Parker’s Station Reservation: a reservation system for the holiday train. Guests may upgrade their train ticket to purchase a reservation time to board the train. Guest using the Parker’s Station Reservation will not have to wait in the general admission line and can instead get a time to return and spend the time they would normally wait enjoying other parts of the event and return to the Parker’s Station Reservation line to board. This ticket isn't included in the Straight to the Gate package ticket. This is a $5 upcharge to the Train Ticket price. 

Train: This ride is great for the whole family! Like with any ride, any child over 36" must have a ticket.  On certain rides (listed below) any child under 36" does not need a ticket, but must be accompanied by a paid adult.  Due to the increased responsibility when riding the rides with  a small child, we consider "adults" to be someone at least 18 years old.

There is 'stroller parking' for the Train ride only.

Children under 36" inches are only allowed to ride 4 rides (with a paid adult).
Slime Buckets
Construction Zone

All other rides, children must be at least 36".  Some rides have higher height restrictions.

For the safety of our guests, height requirements are strictly enforced.

An attendant will measure all guests before boarding an attraction. Please have your child measured at the ticket window before purchasing a ticket or wristband.

Minimum 36" (unless accompanied by a paid adult)
Construction Zone
Slime Buckets

Minimum 36", Maximum 52"
Monkey Jump
Red Baron
Umbrella Cars

Minimum 42" (or 36" with a paid adult)
Wacky Shack
Fun Slide
Rockin' Tug

Minimum 42"
Coney Tower
Carousel (under 42" must ride with a paid adult)

Minimum 48" (or 42" with a paid adult)
Bumper Cars

Minimum 46"
Tilt-A-Whirl (or 36" with a paid adult)

Minimum 48"
Ferris Wheel (or 36" with a paid adult)
Scrambler (or 36" with a paid adult)
Train (under 48" must ride with a paid adult)

Minimum 52" (or 40" with a paid adult)
Ladybug Roller Coaster

Minimum 52" (or 48" with a paid adult)
Musik Express

Parents note: Children under 36” are allowed to ride on the Carousel, Train, Construction Zone, and Slime Buckets, with a paid adult. Children are not allowed to sit on laps on any amusement park ride other than the Train. Infants are only allowed on the Train or the Carousel with a paid adult.



If you pass through City Park at night or early in the morning, you'll notice LED lights illuminating the Monteleone Columns at the Lelong entrance to the park. The colored lights are changed for holidays and special events.