Since 2006, Santa’s Village amusement park has been closed, with an unknown future. But on Thursday, the park opened under a new management and theme. The park will now be known as a kiddie park, and will have several petting zoos and animals ranging from your standard farm animals to African porcupines. African porcupines in a petting zoo? No; in fact, they will have an aviary and multiple exotic animal sections.
While many will miss the Christmas town that existed for a little less than half a century, others are quite grateful for the change. The new owner has said that there have been nonstop emails coming in from people that are grateful for the opportunity to show their kids what they saw as kids. The park will now operate under the name “Azoosment Park”, complimentary to the new animal theme. The new owner has stated in interviews that he is going to make the park much more family oriented, including very low prices and becoming more of a zoo than an amusement park. Admission prices have been said to be $13.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and $9.50 for adults, with children 2 and younger being admitted free.
While the park has changed its general theme, it will still have Santa when Christmas rolls around.