1946 – World’s First Themed Amusement Park
Louis J. Koch visited the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, United States. Upset that children came to a town named Santa Claus only to be dismayed when Santa Claus wasn’t there. So on August 3, 1946 the world’s first themed amusement park was opened in Santa Claus, Indiana, United States by Koch. Santa Claus Land opened, there was no entry cost and the park offered a Santa, a toy shop, toy displays, a restaurant and themed children’s rides, one of which was The Freedom Train.
Extra Note: Santa Clause World was renamed Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in 1993.
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