Published On: Tue, Jul 2nd, 2013

Theme Park in Mexican has Fake Border Crossing

Officials at the park said their goal for creating such an attraction was to generate additional income for the community

Officials at the park said their goal for creating such an attraction was to generate additional income for the community

July 02, 2013 - When amusement parks want to scare visitors they traditionally try to outdo their competition with extreme forms of roller coasters or a haunted house that is scarier than the next.

However, in Mexico’s central state of Hidalgo, an amusement park has been able to successfully frighten visitors with a “Night Walk” of three to four hours in length that simulates a Mexico-U.S. illegal bordering crossing. The attraction charges $20 per person.

In the attraction, at the Parque EcoAlberto, which is located over 800 miles for the U.S. Mexico border, visitors are led by fake “coyotes” or smugglers on a hike of seven miles that includes staying away from barking dogs, climbing fences, hiding from flashlight beams among other encounters. All this is done, to try to elude the park’s fake border agents.

One industry magazine said the attraction has a wide variety of interesting, bizarre and unique experiences putting people into the mindset of an immigrant trying to cross the border and goes far beyond a typical park attraction.

Officials at the park said their goal for creating such an attraction was to generate additional income for the community and to discourage the younger people from leaving by showing how dangerous and hard the illegal crossing process really is.

One anti-immigration group in the U.S. said the attraction was worth it, as it discourages Mexicans from crossing over illegally into the U.S. to try to find work.

However, if the new immigration legislation going through the U.S. Congress is approved, the park will have to make adjustments to its attraction. The number of agent on the border would double and the fence dividing the two countries would increase from 350 miles to over 700.

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