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Eighties family film about fountain of eternal life in the woods

I think this was a family film made in the eighties, possibly late seventies. It may have even been a Disney film (live action, not animated).

There is a family, or group of people, living in the woods. Between the roots of a big old tree is a spring which turns out to be the fountain of eternal life. All the family members have drunk from it. The water "freezes" the person who drinks it at their current age (in other words, if a child drinks from it, he'll be a child forever). At one point a kid falls from the top of a ferris wheel. Everyone is shocked when he gets up and walks away.

There is also a scene where a guest is offered dinner at the house in the woods, and two old women offer up fancy, mouth-watering meals to the guest while a third old woman offers up beef stew or something similarly bland and mundane.

I saw this movie as a kid but can't figure out what it was! Help much appreciated.
asked Nov 26, 2016 in Name That Movie by HaplessHeather (6 points)
Maybe   Tall Tales & Legends - Ponce de Leon (1986)

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Tuck Everlasting

In turn-of-the-20th-century upstate New York, Winnie Foster, a 12-year-old girl, discovers a family living in the woods near her family's home who never ages thanks to a magical spring they drink from and she is entrusted to keep their secret and becomes involved in their lives.

answered Nov 27, 2016 by mimiko33 (861 points)
selected Dec 5, 2016 by HaplessHeather
That's it! Thank you - glad to see it's available in full on YouTube. That'll make for some fun nostalgic viewing.