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  1. So I'm not a huge poster over here (mostly a lurker) but the one trip report I ever posted on here was from Santa's Land last October. You guys should know, this park is literally run by only a husband and wife and three or four of their closest friends. You enter and exit through the gift shop, and the woman in there is one of the most friendly people you'll ever meet. The wife runs the bakery and the husband drives the train- then they have friends running the snack bar and the book shop, and their mechanic friend running all four kiddie rides. Being that the park's only employees are elderly Vermonters, it's surprised they even knew what Facebook is. At least they kind of tried. They definitely could do a lot for themselves if they were to get someone to help them with that. The current owners did just buy the park eight years ago, but the park was apparently in disgustingly bad shape before that. There's a trip report from Roadside America from this time. When we rode the train, the owner told us about how the previous owner (I believe the fourth in it's time) was terrible and let the park go to ruin, and abused the animals. The park improved a lot under the new owners. Oh wait, I just remembered: I don't know about the "recession" and "theme parks not being popular anymore" but Vermont is in a really bad place right now. I'm there every weekend (including a few hours ago,) about forty minutes south of Putney. A lot of the southern part of the state was ravaged by Hurricane Irene, and now they haven't had any real snow yet to get the ski season started. All that on top of an already bad market can't be good for this park. I wonder how much damage they got from the storm in August. All in all, the owners are getting old and don't really know what they're doing running a theme park, (if you even want to call it that.) Being that the park has been open since 1957 and there have been four owners before them, I'd like to think there's still a future for this park. Hopefully the State of Vermont might give them some help, and someone will come in and take over. It would be nice.
  2. Okay, I gotta say, I love seeing pictures of Tokyo Disney, but it seems like they're always the same pictures of the same things. But this update is FANTASTIC. So many things I haven't seen before. Different views of the park. Thanks a lot.
  3. I was down in Key West for a week last April and I thought it was great. We saw a lot of the same stuff on the island as you did, so I liked reliving some memories! For signage, there's some nice stuff if you look around. For example, the end of US Route 1 has a few big signs. We went to the beach one day (nowhere near the Old Town area,) and it was pretty bad. Maybe it was just the weather that day. The Customs House that has the Art/History museum in it has/had a ton of lifelike statues around it... All in everyday scenes. In our first few days I found myself thinking they were real people. The Key West Toy Factory IS AWESOME! Beautiful store! And I noticed that one of the pictures, with the blue dog, is outside A Key Encounter. Tell me you went in there? It's crazy... A little tourist attraction about "God's creation" and "the beauty of Key West." But they have this big theater and a crazy "jungle walk." It only takes like 10 minutes, but I thought it was interesting. It's on the other side of the second floor of the mall from the Toy store. Key West Aquarium was cool, I thought, but small. I love the classic style of the building, though. The Key West Shell Warehouse smelled TERRIBLE when we went in... Ugh. Nothing special. The Turtle Museum is really small and not too exciting... But the man who worked it was really interesting when we were there. He even broke out his banjo for us. Worth doing if you buy the ticket combo with the Mel Fisher's Treasure museum. Key West made me wonder exactly how many copies of the same trashy t-shirt store there could be on one two mile by four mile island.
  4. Love the report! This is my home park. I actually visited the Halloween event and it was fantastic. Just one house, no rides, but it was great and definitely worth 12 bucks. The skeleton fountain thing was the only real decoration but it all looked cool on the foggy night we went there. Those aren't car ports or vendor spots, that's the midway!
  5. Great pictures! I love TS Island and Splash Mountain at WDW. I especially love the loading area of Splash Mountain. That unknown construction you pictured is a refurb for a stroller area in near the Jungle Cruise.
  6. Nice pictures. Looks like a perfect location for a fun holiday event. My family went during the summer back in '03 or '04 and it was cute. I can't believe I missed that Wonder House, though!
  7. ^Unfortunately, no. Sounds funny, though. There were a few more animal pens that I didn't include pictures of, mostly birds and livestock. Though it is kind of funny that there's this park here and then there's a Santa's Village about three hours away in New Hampshire. And then there's NC and one in Illinois? A popular theme.
  8. Happy to share it. The place deserves some attention, they're putting a lot of love into it.
  9. Well, OBVIOUSLY, we have some AWESOME PICTURES from LINCOLN PARK. (Antoine Dodson, anyone?)
  10. Well, this was just oodles of fun, but I'd be okay without another, personally.
  11. THEN IT'S THE CLUB TPR BANNER? In the signatures? It looks different? Edited logo? New wording?
  12. I just want to know where you think you see me in that pic! Up in the front seats of the coaster, no?
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