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Santa was not home during our visit to Santa's Village but we did
get to roam around his house.
My family lives near Santa's Village so Bond and I took it upon us to bring
my niece Allison, my brother Kevin, his wife Ingrid and their children Zoey,
Logan and Amber who is sitting here next to Santa.
One thing that I had to relive from my childhood visits to Santa's Village
was to touch the "North Pole".
I was a little bit let down though as the North Pole used to be all ice.
There was "authentic North Pole ice" that you could touch back in the day.
I was all "let's touch the ice" but there was no ice, just a metal pole.
Getting into a little history for you all. The original Three Worlds
of Santa's Village changed hands a few times but stayed a nice family theme
park. In the late 1990's attendance had been declining and with a
huge investment in the Typhoon looping coaster that opened late and turned
out to be a disaster due to roughness and unreliability took its toll on
the park. In 2006 Santa's Village closed for what many; myself included,
thought for the last time.
The story of Santa's Village had not reached its conclusion. An ex-Santa's
Village employee Jason Sierpen after his experiences at the park started
a traveling petting zoo. After Chicago's
closed he purchased
several rides from that park and the wheels to bring Santa's Village back
were set in motion.
After a few years the Polar Dome Ice Arena and Coney Island portion of the
park were leased to a paintball company for use as paintball fields and
in 2009 Sierpen leased what remained of the park, mostly buildings and started
bringing Santa's Village back to life.
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