When you think of amusement parks; you probably think Wet N' Wild Or Magic Landing (if you want that nostalgia).

But for 60 years Western Playland in Sunland Park has been the "go-to" amusement park for El Pasoans.

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I mean we've practically grown up with that commercial asking us "what would you do to go to Western Playland?". That commercial has become engrained in our minds.

I'm sure we all have fond memories of The Drop Zone,

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the Tilt-A-Whirl,

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The Tsunami,

or my favorite, The Himalaya

The point is, many people have gone & shared their experiences at Western Playland for years.

However the pandemic years were bad for business, they've struggled in 2020 & 2021. It was announced earlier this year that Western Playland has been sold to a new owner...

So who's the new owner? The Texas market called Traders Village. Anyone who's been to Grand Prairie, Houston or San Antonio is aware of the giant flea market/amusement park company. It's been regarded as "America's Largest Flea Market"

This is the recent addition to new businesses opening up in El Paso in 2022.
Living on the west side, it was always the closest amusement park to my house. I remember going there taking family members who visited for YEARS &... now it will not be there anymore.

Now I'm very happy that El Paso IS expanding & growing (and there WILL still be an amusement park in its place). It'll be a weird change to get used to, but... it's a change for the better for everyone in El Paso.

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