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Guests at Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, N.Y. are given the title of Santa's Visitor. Santa’s Workshop is a theme park in the Adirondack Park that first opened in 1949. It is one of the first 3 theme parks to open in the U.S. and is the oldest still in operation. The idea for the park started with a Lake Placid businessman after he told his daughter a story of a bear who found Santa Claus and the North Pole. His daughter wanted to visit the North Pole as well. The site chosen was near Whiteface Mountain, just North East of Lake Placid in Wilmington, NY. Santa’s Workshop allows kids to live out their dreams to meet Santa and visit the North Pole. When it first opened, there were live goats, deer, and sheep that wandered freely, making it the first petting zoo as well. The free-range animals are gone however there are still live reindeer that pull Santa’s sled. There are also still costumed characters such as Frosty the Snowman, Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, Rowdy the Reindeer, and Chris Moose. There are some rides and attractions as well as an arcade and musical shows and a parade. There is a post office on site, and the U.S Post Office gave the North Pole its own zip code—12946. The main attraction is meeting Santa, feeding his reindeer, and even touch the frozen North Pole. Santa’s Workshop is open in the summer for tourists to visit and Santa gives daily decrees and a magical flight through the woods on his sleigh at his summer home in the Adirondacks.