Title: Santa's Village 2010
gardener14 - January 18, 2010 07:00 PM (GMT)
Santa's Village has announced their plans for 2010. New is Ho Ho H20, an interactive water playground themed to winter, the return of the Jingle Jamboree, an audio-animatronic show that is new but built in the style of the show that was at the park from the 1970's to early 2000's, and the introduction of a New Year's Eve event for families. Here are the details:http://www.santasvillage.com/public/plan/newfor2010.cfm
I think it's a great direction for the park. An attraction that will draw people in the summer, a show that can operate duing the full season including Christmastime, and an extension of the season with a New Year's Eve event. The water fortress is smaller than most, but I think it will fit the scale of the park well, especially with it's unique theming.
Also, the 2010 calendar has been posted. I notice that the Halloween event has been extended to three days, and Sundays have returned to the schedule during spring and fall weekends. That is several more days than in 2009, plus the week following Christmas is "to be announced" potentially creating more additional days of operation over 2009. The calendar: http://www.santasvillage.com/public/plan/hours.cfm
mrceagle - January 18, 2010 11:27 PM (GMT)
Good to see it finally announced. The ride is a 1050 model which is the same model found at Lake Compounce. Might be the model water wizz uses also. the attraction is goign in the back corner of the property so it should look a little bigger then it is.
Glad to hear they have a long schedule. I hope to get a season pass again.
gardener14 - January 19, 2010 01:09 AM (GMT)
Thanks for identifying the model. Now that I've looked at the White Water West site, I realize that it's not as small as I thought. It might also be the model that Funtown/Splashtown has (or is there's slightly larger like Canobie's...I can't remember). Anyway, I think the theming will make it look cool.
James - January 19, 2010 03:32 PM (GMT)
I also think it looks really nice. I wonder how Six Gun is gonna take it. This ride would certainly take away people from SGC who go there for its 2 water slides, as now they'll get a lot more to do.. Plus the rest of the park as well.
mrceagle - January 19, 2010 10:32 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (gardener14 @ Jan 18 2010, 08:09 PM)|
| Thanks for identifying the model. Now that I've looked at the White Water West site, I realize that it's not as small as I thought. It might also be the model that Funtown/Splashtown has (or is there's slightly larger like Canobie's...I can't remember). Anyway, I think the theming will make it look cool. |
Funtown's is larger. it's a custom 1750 model. Canobie's is a Standard Rainforest largest model at the time. It should be a solid addition for them.
As for it's affect on Six gun. it will have a big affect. The one play structure will give Santa;s More slides then Six Gun and a a greatly increased value.
To add insult to injury. Whales Tail will add a new attraction in 2010 also. also a White Water west Aquaplay. from what I was told it will be much much larger then Santa's aquaplay. so I'm guessing a Rainforest or Giant Rainforest.
mrceagle - January 28, 2010 05:50 PM (GMT)
The additions for 2010 hit the news. total investment for the year is 1.3 million with the Water play structure, Jingle jamboree and a few capital improvements.
gardener14 - January 29, 2010 03:02 AM (GMT)
You didn't mention a specific news article, so I searched and found this great article. It's probably what you saw.http://www.record-enterprise.com/Articles-...theme_park.html
mrceagle - January 29, 2010 02:22 PM (GMT)
It's what I saw. just didn't have it open. Planed to post the link but forgot after I skipped it up front.
Solid Capital Improvements planed. I'm a little surprised in the amount. the Arcade removal with First aid.Customer service Chang over and the Polar Expresso could have possibly been moved off a year. but good to see the changes.
But from what I have seen so far Santa's have the largest addition in New England park wise.
gardener14 - January 29, 2010 07:18 PM (GMT)
The article mentions many expenditures, but nothing I have read talks about adding a changing room for the water play structure. Have they forgotten this aspect? The existing restrooms in Dasher's Delights is adjacent, but they are not adequate to act as a changing room. I hope they have considered this.
mrceagle - January 31, 2010 01:24 AM (GMT)
Last I talked to them they planed on using the restrooms at Dashers. I did stress the need for independent changing areas and how hard it is the change in a stall.
I'm not sure if they have changed their mind and opted to add a small changing area. I will ask the next time I send a message. If they don't I expect that the guests will stress teh need for one and we will see one in 2011.
funtown68 - February 6, 2010 09:19 AM (GMT)
I'm VERY excited for the Jingle Jamboree re-boot. The live show was HORRIBLE last season......the only thing that I really disliked in the entire park.
mrceagle - February 6, 2010 02:55 PM (GMT)
are you talking about the one in the theater or one of the smaller skit shows that are done around the park? I never saw the live shows this year. my trips fell before an dafter their run.
gardener14 - February 8, 2010 04:00 AM (GMT)
While I'm happy to see the return of The Jingle Jamboree, the North Pole Live show that took place in that theater the past two seasons was a fantastic show. It was lively, unique, and extremely funny, especially the variation on Feliz Navidad and the parody of Justin Timberlake and Britany Spears. I saw the show several times, and the quality can really depend on the delivery by the performers, but each time I saw it, it was great. I also would credit the performers with doing a fantastic job with both live singing and comedy in such a small and intimate setting with only two people on stage. That's hard to pull off...and then try doing it three times a day every day and keep it looking fresh. It's ironic that anyone would say the show was horrible, when I thought it was one of the most entertaining and engaging shows they've ever had there.
mrceagle - February 9, 2010 01:11 AM (GMT)
they do have that little outdoor stage by the Pixi Mix. Might see the live show return.
gardener14 - March 30, 2010 12:57 AM (GMT)
I drove by the park this weekend. There has been quite a lot of progress on the new water structure. It appears that much of the ground work is complete. The foundation is currently level with gravel with lots of pipes sticking out of it. I assume the plumbing and underground work is done. The foundation is surrounded by forms and looks ready for cement to be poured. I imagine that after this step is finished, vertical assembly can begin. I think it's a lot of progress considering the time of year. The park's Facebook page says that they plan to have it ready for opening day if all goes well.
I was a little surprised by how much area the addition consumes. The footprint is larger than I expected (or the area is smaller than I realized, not sure which). It is located between the new swing ride and Route 2, and I believe part of that little parking lot located there has been removed.
It was funny to see the main sign still advertising that the park is "Open Dec. 27, 28, and 29." I thought they would have changed this to say "Opening May 29" or something like that.
HubbDave - March 30, 2010 03:35 PM (GMT)
At one point, wasn't that area a flat spash and play area? The kind where water jets spray out of the ground?
Did they ever actually get that thing open, or is my memory bad...
I would have thought the new structure would be in the back somewhere, but I guess it is good to see it from the road.
gardener14 - March 30, 2010 04:10 PM (GMT)
The splash pad was completed and open for the past couple seasons. The park claims that the popularity of the Splashpad is what prompted them to add the water structure. The Splashpad is located next to Dasher's Delights food stand. I expected the new water structure to be immediately next to the Splashpad (to the left of it when viewed fromt he road). The new water structure is actually closer to the road than that, while still set back a bit. Part of that small employee parking lot still exists. I think the water structure will obscure the view of the swing ride from the road if that helps you imagine its placement.
Mrceagle reported that the park does not plan to build a proper building for changing rooms and expects people to use the restrooms at Dasher's Delights. Not only do I think those restrooms alone are inadequate, now that I saw the placement off the water structure, I'm even more convinced that need to build changing rooms adjacent to or between the Splashpad and the new structure.
mrceagle - March 30, 2010 07:09 PM (GMT)
Ya the structure is using a parking lot once used for a restaurant that was next door. I had expected the attraction to go back into the field maybe replacing the Pavilion that isn't really used.
The Structure is reasonably large and a lot of the foot print you see is also the pool layout and seating area. Depending on angle you might still see the swings behind the ride. but I don't think the park gets many off the road guests.
HubbDave - March 30, 2010 10:44 PM (GMT)
His could signal the end of Six Gun City, unless they add something of value.
mrceagle - March 31, 2010 03:19 PM (GMT)
Thing is Six Gun City has almost no over hear. They own all the Museum items. They own all the rides, most have little to no overhead. They also own the Pop up dealership and campground next door. I would guess the park Could ride off what little money it gets along with the revenue from the campground.
HubbDave - April 19, 2010 12:05 AM (GMT)
Could they erect temporary tentlike changing cabanas for this year while they gauge the need.
My wife was asking how we could change our 2 kids in a bathroom.
They need lockers, too I would think
Can't wait until we go!!!
mrceagle - April 19, 2010 01:40 AM (GMT)
Funny you made that comment. just talked to the park and they are going to have changing rooms. The old picnic pavilion that isn't used any more. In fact you can see it walled off in teh latest video posted on their facebook page.
HubbDave - April 19, 2010 02:10 AM (GMT)
They should hire you as an advisor.
Seriously. You know your s**t
mrceagle - April 19, 2010 02:37 AM (GMT)
I think they are happier getting it for free. Though I would welcome the work and the challenge.
gardener14 - May 3, 2010 11:50 PM (GMT)
Santa's Village added to their Facebook page some photos of the new water play structure arriving by flatbead trucks.http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=176775&id=95490940819
mrceagle - May 4, 2010 03:31 PM (GMT)
They also posted a photo of the Jingle bell Theater rehab.
funtown68 - May 22, 2010 05:01 AM (GMT)
Can't wait to get back to Santa's Village this summer! Santa's Village and Storyland are a great little theme parks.......an awesome selection of family rides, shows and attractions in highly themed settings. I think of both of them as mini-Disneylands.
HubbDave - June 27, 2010 01:21 PM (GMT)
Ho Ho H2O is open and it looks cool. Much smaller than the Canobie Cast-a-Way but that is fine.
We are headed there this week but the weather looks too cold/wet for this...
Here is the facebook galley:http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5744...&id=95490940819
mrceagle - June 27, 2010 03:05 PM (GMT)
The attraction came out great. love the look Like those show covered rock sprayers scattered around the attraction.
gardener14 - June 27, 2010 09:41 PM (GMT)
Does anyone know if this is the same model found at Lake Compounce with different theming or is it a smaller model?
HubbDave - June 27, 2010 09:51 PM (GMT)
MRC thinks it's the same as LC:
"Good to see it finally announced. The ride is a 1050 model which is the same model found at Lake Compounce. Might be the model water wizz uses also. the attraction is goign in the back corner of the property so it should look a little bigger then it is. "
mrceagle - June 28, 2010 02:49 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (gardener14 @ Jun 27 2010, 04:41 PM)|
| Does anyone know if this is the same model found at Lake Compounce with different theming or is it a smaller model? |
It is the same model as LC. both 1050 setups. The one at Santa's has a few external additions to the pool.
HubbDave - July 3, 2010 01:36 AM (GMT)
Just got back from our trip and the Ho Ho H2O is quite a nice addition
Well done and well staffed.
I love SV!
mrceagle - July 3, 2010 02:49 AM (GMT)
Glad you liked it. I look forward to getting up there to see it.
Foogs - July 4, 2010 07:33 PM (GMT)
Glad to see the Jingle Jamboree is returning in time for taking my 6 year old step sister there for the first time. Looking forward to it, The talent show thing that has been in that building didn't quite have that feeling of "wow this is pretty cool" that the old show had, so I'm glad it's returning. I grew up with Santa's Village continuously getting better, and these two things seem like great additions.
mrceagle - July 5, 2010 01:19 PM (GMT)
Ya I'm very excited about the show. partially because ti will be able to run during their extended seasons.
HubbDave - July 6, 2010 10:47 PM (GMT)
When we went last week, the Jingle Jamboree was not yet running.
Sice new facade/entrance to the theater.
They had also removed the old Jellystone ads/etc. from the side of the building.
With the prices staying the same (ride photos now $10), and the addition of HoHoH2O, SV is a much better value than SL.
Much more "family" atmosphere.
Nicer staff. Better themeing (of course). Less money making gimmicks (games, exprensive facepainting, etc)
One weird thing about when we went was the train only stopped at the Junction station. You had to ride around the whole park (not that there is anything wrong with it).
Good espressos, too!
Funnel cake is in the house now.
Mini donuts were gross this time, though
mrceagle - July 7, 2010 01:25 AM (GMT)
Sorry the doenuts weren't good.
so the photos went to $10, still better then SL think theirs are like 12 now.
gardener14 - July 7, 2010 01:28 AM (GMT)
I was there on Saturday, and I had the donuts (as usual). They were awesome, so I'm sorry to hear that you had a bad batch. I brought some home, stuck them in the fridge, and I'm still enjoying them a couple at a time. They great after a few seconds in the microwave.
Tomorrow night I'll have time to post my photos and comments about Ho Ho H20, the new water play area.
mrceagle - July 7, 2010 08:38 PM (GMT)
Glad to hear the Doenut problem was isolated( i figured it was, maybe under cooked). I look forward to your report and photos.