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  • [Question] Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

    Just wondered if there is any city or location left in the US for a a major or medium size theme park?

    Location should have sufficient local population and large tourism to support the attraction probably the size of Legoland, but not so kid-oriented.

    Could San Diego host another ride park? Dallas? Virginia?

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    Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

    The Pikes Peak area is already a tourist attraction. We play host to many conventions with people coming many miles to see the mountains, shop our quaint shops and to ride the cog railway. We have the Air Force Academy. Olympic Training Center. We have craploads of hotels.

    All we need is an amusement park.

    And trust me, five minutes from where I'm sitting...there's enough open space to begin a multiphase expansion for an amusement park. Six Flags? Disney? Anyone? We're here and we're open!

    The drawback? Summers are massively mild, to be sure, but the winters are weird. There is no consistentcy in the weather at all, which could limit the amount of days open.

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    • #3
      Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

      Where is Pike's Peak area located? How far from Denver and Colorado Springs? Is there a theme park in Denver? What is the population of Denver and the Pike's Peak area?

      As far as the winter climate, I visited Callaway Park in Calgary in Feburary once. (It was closed) Somewhat frozen over, but still operating in the summer So.......

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      • #4
        Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

        Denver is a large metropolis around a million people. It's the "Gateway to the Rockies" and the "Mile High City." It's the only city in the world to receive the Winter Olympics and then refuse it.

        They have an amusement park in Denver called Elitch's or Elitch Gardens. It has a decent woodie coaster, but that's about it. It was previously located in an older part of town where it occupied only one square block. It moved to it's current location and was sold to Six Flags for several years with the goal of expansion to a nearby pad of land--a pad of land that was purchased by Pepsi which opened the Pepsi center: home of the Colorado Avalanche. Now landlocked, Six Flags sold the park again--I'm not sure to whom--and the place still operates. But it is painted into a corner.

        Surveys have illustrated that a majority of the park attendees are from the Denver city proper..however, a goodly number are from all over the state, with another large chunk coming from Colorado Springs.

        Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state and due south by one hour. However, it's worlds apart. Due to the presence of the five military bases, the entire county is very "red," or conservative. They don't take change very well and the largest travel destination outside of Pikes Peak for the area is Focus on the Family (!). Pikes Peak can be seen from downtown Colorado Springs.

        That hour long drive between Denver and CoSprings is where I would like to see a park, Elitch's or otherwise. I couldn't help thinking that you could find employees from both cities and since it has been discussed by both cities...a monorail that runs between them.

        Yeah, I've thought this out a bit. A nice, decent sized park between the two cities would capture the audiences from both. Do somethign with a western theme even. I could see it happening.

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          Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

          Originally posted by Meyers View Post
          Just wondered if there is any city or location left in the US for a a major or medium size theme park?

          Location should have sufficient local population and large tourism to support the attraction probably the size of Legoland, but not so kid-oriented.

          Could San Diego host another ride park? Dallas? Virginia?
          It really needs to have pretty good weather for most of th year too. Otherwise, there would be a zillion locations. By the way are to talking about a Disney park?
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          • #6
            Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

            Phoenix - Used to have Legend City eons ago (which some Disney Imagineers worked on)
            http://www.legend-city.com/old_site/
            http://www.legend-city.com/memorabilia/maps.php

            Now all we have is Castles and Coasters, a mini golf course (4 of them) and a couple of small coasters, and a couple other carney attractions. There is also the newly relocated Rawhide an old west town theme more closely resembeling DL's original Frontierland , An 1880's Western Town, Steakhouse, Saloon and Shops right in the heart of Wild Horse Pass. - Sundown Cookouts, Western Cookout, Western Cookouts, Western Town, American Western Town, Arizona Western Town, Authentic Western Town, Western Frontier Tow but those are small.

            6 Flags had been scouting Phoenix for years, A couple years ago.

            There was a proposed Rock and Roll Theme Park for an area half way between Phoenix and Tucson.

            So we are still waiting for something.
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            • #7
              Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

              ^was going to note that. Phoenix is one of the largestest metro areas to not have a themepark or amusmentpark. (castles and coasters is just no cutting it). In Tucson we have nothing to even bring up (some small stuff but its nothing even close). There is a location halfway inbetween that was going to be a themepark but budget was cut. Always thought something cool could go there.
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              • #8
                Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

                I think Portland or Seattle could still use a "major" amusement park. Phoenix of course. They tried one in Vegas, didn't work out so well (of course, it was so hard to find even when you were at the MGM Grand).

                Houston doesn't have one anymore since Astroworld closed down and of course New Orleans has been without one since Katrina. There are several cities in FL without one (Miami, Jacksonville). Most other major cities have some kind of major park within a 2-4 hour drive I would say.

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                • #9
                  Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

                  Originally posted by Meyers View Post
                  As far as the winter climate, I visited Callaway Park in Calgary in Feburary once. (It was closed) Somewhat frozen over, but still operating in the summer So.......
                  Callaway Park is only open for about four months during the summer.

                  There's Playland in Vancouver, but that's not a theme park. It's just an amusement park with carnival style rides. We could really use a good all-year-round park in Western Canada. We got West Edmonton Mall, but an outdoor park is needed. The closest stateside parks are Silverwood and Enchanted Forest.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

                    I'm with Gregg on this one. Seattle or Portland is due for some serious Disney action. Heck, you could locate the park halfway between the two cities, where there is plenty of land. Seattle sports over 2 million (with surrounding areas) in population, another 1+ million for Portland. You are within driving distance from either Portland International airport or SeaTac and the major rail line. The only thing that would hold it up of course is that you would need to make it more of an indoor park - like Tokyo DL. We are famous for our rain and it's no lie, but we only have Enchanted Village in Salem, OR and Wild Waves here in the Seattle area. Mr. Iger, please consider the NW as a 'Disney destination'!
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                    • #11
                      Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

                      Originally posted by InspiredByWalt View Post
                      I'm with Gregg on this one. Seattle or Portland is due for some serious Disney action. Heck, you could locate the park halfway between the two cities, where there is plenty of land,
                      There's reason they built parks in Socal and Florida. The sun. If Disney build a park where it rain's just as much as it's sunny, it would get no business. Have you been to DL or WDW on a rainy day? It's like a ghost town.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

                        I don't think the Northwest necessarily needs a "Disney" park but a seasonal amusement park bigger than the ones they have now. There are huge parks in area's of the country that have MUCH harsher weather than rain.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

                          And as I said, you'd have to build it towards a more indoor experience, but I think there is HUGE demand up here for Disney. Plus, we have a demographic with means (Microsofties and Boeing)

                          Just look around next time you're in DL when it rains. The people who are still out walking around are from Oregon and Washington (and are glad you sun worshipers haven't figured out that humans are inherently waterproof!). We like it when it rains in California because the rain is much warmer than what we get here. You can also tell the Oregonians and Washintonians by the moss you see growing on the north side of the strollers we're pushing.


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                          • #14
                            Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

                            Originally posted by InspiredByWalt View Post
                            And as I said, you'd have to build it towards a more indoor experience, but I think there is HUGE demand up here for Disney. Plus, we have a demographic with means (Microsofties and Boeing)

                            Just look around next time you're in DL when it rains. The people who are still out walking around are from Oregon and Washington (and are glad you sun worshipers haven't figured out that humans are inherently waterproof!). We like it when it rains in California because the rain is much warmer than what we get here. You can also tell the Oregonians and Washintonians by the moss you see growing on the north side of the strollers we're pushing.


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                            I'll be moving out to the west side soon enough (I'm an Eastern Washintonian) and yeah I gotta say I'd LOVE to have a closer park to me.

                            Looking accross the internet I've realized there are quite a few east coast seasonal parks that have at least one darkride. Kinda sad that I think Enchanted Forest is the only one for us?

                            I journey out to Silverwood though and it's alright I suppose)

                            How would one design a mostly indoor park near the Seattle region I wonder? Build it into a old mall (having flashbacks of hardrock cafe park)


                            There has to be some reason that parks like Wild Waves and Enchanted Forest haven't grown more though right?
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                              Re: Anyplace left in US for a medium to large theme park?

                              Originally posted by Jspider View Post
                              There has to be some reason that parks like Wild Waves and Enchanted Forest haven't grown more though right?
                              I do not know why Enchanted Forest has not expanded. However, Enchanted Village/Wild Waves do not really have much room to expand. To the North and west they have freeways. To the east, housing. To the south they have their parking lot, housing and a rest stop. They could tear some things down and rebuild, but I think they just want to milk their park for every dime.

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