http://suburbanfood.blogspot.com/2008/07/santas-village-amusement-park-abandoned.html *** Edited 7/29/2008 6:06:31 PM UTC by stevesteve8383***
I jest out of sadness. My daughter's daycare is near there and I pass the park every day. :'(
Seems like they would at least auction off what looks like some fairly nice rides.
at least 1 possibly 2 coasters
a parachute drop
a bunch of flat rides
a bunch o kiddy rides
What happened to this place?
It just burns my butt to see this happen to a park no matter the size!
What happened to this park? It was more expensive than Kiddieland. The newer roller coaster that probably cost a fortune to them stunk big time. It didn't stay open that late. Maybe, it closed like 6 pm, 7 pm because they didn't have lights. A couple rides looked rundown.
Once you were a certain age, you didn't feel like you should go to this park because of the name Santa's Village. They got slapped with a lawsuit about people on a cart pulled by horses being injured. For the fire truck, the water didn't even reach the burning house anymore which was horrible.
I don't think advertising was that strong even though they had coupons from Baskin Robbins and Dunkin Donuts. The parking lot wasn't paved in awhile. *** Edited 7/29/2008 7:44:23 PM UTC by Spinout***
Everything (other than buildings and structures) is gone from the park other than the Blue waterslide (lot 564) shown (0:41 and 1:02). I guess the person who bought it changed their mind and took the loss (purchasers had to pay the day of the auction and had until mid-November 2006 to move the items). Both slides were sold as the slides ONLY - the pump mechanisms were NOT for sale.
The park died due to poor attendance, which led to poor upkeep, which led to worse attendance, which led to employee shortages, which led to horrible attendance.
When I went there with my 2.5 year old daughter on a perfect weather Sunday in July 2005 to get her Dragon credit I swear I could have fired a shotgun in any direction and not hit anyone...
All the declines there caused the owner to not be able to pay his taxes and local utility bills which led to the town to cut their utilities in the dispute. There were two attempted sales that might have opened the park for the 2006 season...but both fell through to lack of financing. *** Edited 7/29/2008 8:57:58 PM UTC by redman822***
That slideshow is of the park during the auction which was held in Oct . 2006.
Here is a link to pics of what the park looks like after the ride removals.
My favorite MJ tune: "Billie Jean" which I have been listening to alot now. RIP MJ.
Makes you realize how much upkeep there is in an amusement park.
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