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Location DB > United States > New York > Upper Jay > Land of Makebelieve
Land of Makebelieve
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created by Samurai on 2/2/2004 7:26 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 5:21 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
like i said, imagine being godzilla strolling through tokyo... everything is built to the scale of a child. Very cool.
 Basic Information
Type: Building- Closed Amusement Park
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Moderate
Recommendation: check it out if you're nearby
 Physical Information
New York Route 9N
Upper Jay, New York
United States
Owner: Arto Monaco
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    The entire park was built for children, so everything is built to a childs' size. There were little cars, houses, a small castle, even a river boat. Walking down the little streets make someone my size feel like Godzilla in Tokyo.
     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1954
    Closed: 1979
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    The remnants of the park were completely destroyed in 2011 by the remnants of tropical storm Irene.

    The Land of Make Believe was a place built just for kids. A place where they could explore without being told "do not touch." A place where they could expend their energy without their parents worrying about them damaging anything. A place where they could enthusiastically enjoy the objects and rides in the park without having to worry about spending too much time at one place or not moving on to the next thing too quickly, or too slowly. A place where they could let their imaginations run free.

    The Land Of Makebelieve was built by Arto Monaco in 1954 as another attraction in the Adirondacks. Monaco also designed Santa's Workshop in North Pole, NY (which is still in operation). Land Of Makebelieve operated until 1979 when extensive flood damage forced its closure. The owner, Mr. Monaco, passed away in November of 2003. At this point, the future of the park is in question. For now, it sits hidden behind trees on the side of Route 9N.

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     Future Plans

    50th Anniversary of the opening of the Land of Makebelieve:
    The summer of 2004 will mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Land of Makebelieve. Already, there are people talking about commemorating the anniversary with some special events. Some of these include restoring the castle, fixing up a portion of Land of Makebelieve so it might give our current generation a small taste of what Land of Makebelieve once was, and possibly a 50th anniversary event sometime during the summer of 2004.


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    Mon, Feb 2nd, 2004
    posted by Samurai
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    Dukes makes a drive by discovery.
    Sun, Oct 24th, 2004
    posted by 'Dukes
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    Photography 4 / 10
    Coolness 3 / 10
    Content Quality 5 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 5:21 PM.

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  • on Dec 20 16 at 17:21, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 20 16 at 17:21, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name, Notes for Mods
  • on Jan 19 13 at 18:12, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Dec 2 12 at 14:18, Alleta changed the following: History, Status, Future Plans, Web Links
  • on Oct 24 04 at 0:43, 'Dukes updated a gallery picture
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  • on Oct 24 04 at 0:36, 'Dukes created a new gallery
  • on Feb 2 04 at 7:44, Samurai made this location public
  • on Feb 2 04 at 7:41, Samurai created a new gallery
  • on Feb 2 04 at 7:40, Samurai changed the main information
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Land Of MakebelieveSamurai410844/26/2005 4:57 AM by ngamer007
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