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Inside Brazil's Abandoned Santa Theme Park

Francesca Street, CNN - Updated 4th December 2018


(CNN) — Driving through Brazil to Rio de Janeiro, you might spot an eerie sight on the side of the road: a derelict gang of Santas, lying abandoned surrounded by palm trees and greenery.
Look closely and you'll see these Father Christmas clones aren't alone.
There's a sad looking sleigh and dilapidated reindeer nearby. Soon you'll spot the faded candy canes, battered slides and an eerie house.
Welcome to Park Albanoel, in Itaguaí, Brazil -- an abandoned Christmas theme park.
The park was the brainchild of politician Antonio Albano Reis, colloquially known as the "Santa Claus of Quintino" because he dressed as Santa each Christmas.
It was going to be a series of fun, themed-lands over an expansive area -- over 30 million square meters -- but only the Santa area was completed.
Following Reis' death in a road accident in 2004, Park Albanoel closed and fell into disrepair.

Source:  https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/brazil-abandoned-santa-theme-park/index.html?fbclid=IwAR15SsonDYnooP0kYWP7vFS1CHrgKI71rYjoiCFfw6C7vpTdSFqpix9wR2o

More pictures on TripAdvisor Here:      https://travisors.com/inside-brazils-abandoned-santa-theme-park/

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That is amazing and terrifying and eerily beautiful. 

This photo... my god. Made my heart do something.

Its just gripping. http_2F2Fcdn.cnn_.com2Fcnnnext2Fdam2Fassets2F181129162258-cidade-albanoel-13.jpg

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a couple other links on abandoned Santa lands . . . 

Cidade Albanoel

Itaguaí, Brazil

An abandoned Santa park is as far as this proposed theme park kingdom got towards completion. 


Source:      https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/cidade-albanoel


Santa Claus, Arizona

A Saint Nicholas-themed ghost town in the Mojave desert. 

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THE MOJAVE DESERT, WITH ITS blisteringly hot summer sun, Joshua trees and bizarre rock formations, would not generally be the place one would choose to honor a man whose traditional home is the North Pole. Yet standing in the desert is the ghost remnants of Santa Claus, Arizona.

Source:     https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/santa-claus-arizona


SkyPark at Santa's Village

Near Lake Arrowhead, California

The first franchised theme park in the world became a ghost town and is now a beautifully restored village and adventure park. 

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A ONCE-GRAND AND AMBITIOUS NORTH-POLE-THEMED amusement park, Santa’s Village in California, sat abandoned on the aptly named Rim of the World Highway. Several years later, the park has re-opened as a scenic outdoor amusement park with activities and attractions for all ages.

Source:      https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/santas-village-2






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Santa Bruce Geron

Very timely.

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Santa Johnny Boy

Great research - thank you!

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