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Posted on: August 9, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Funland Grand Opening is Saturday

Octopus Ride

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration for the newly restored rides at Funland at the zoo will happen on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Experience tasty food, music, and activities. Wristbands will be sold for $5 (cash only) for an all-you-can-ride evening.

 As part of the ribbon-cutting celebration, a time capsule will be placed at the park to be opened after the next 75 years of operation. 

Opening in Tautphaus Park in 1947, rides like the Eli Wheel, Octopus, kiddie train, kiddie airplanes and carousel have been professionally restored to like-new condition over the last three years.

In addition to Funland’s opening, the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Department will also cut the ribbon to Leo Larsen Drive, which runs adjacent to the rides. The road has been named after Larsen, who operated Funland for 50 years. One of Larsen’s favorite projects was helping with and contributing financially to the zoo's success. 

Funland will be open on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. for regular operations before the grand opening. Starting Sunday, Aug. 13, Funland will be open from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend. 

To learn more about the celebration and additional information about Funland (including ticket costs), visit

Funland Website
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