20th Century Fox and dinosaurs compete for Zoo Miami theme park proposals

Posted Wednesday, September 18, 2013 9:26 AM | Contributed by Jeff

After 20 years with the idea of building a theme park on land surrounding Zoo Miami simmering on the back burner, two companies are now moving forward with bids to break ground. One proposal, dubbed "Dinosaur Park International," would be science-minded, featuring dino-centric exhibits and a museum. The other plan, proposed by 20th Century Fox, would be more Orlando-style, with rides and attractions based on the movie studio's films, such as Ice Age and Rio.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:32 PM
Jason Hammond's avatar

I read the title of this and the first thing I pictured were Fox executives in a cage match with dinosaurs. Go dinosaurs! :-)


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:01 PM
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"with rides and attractions based on the movie studio's films, such as Ice Age and Rio."

Ice Age I understand; that was a very successful series. But Rio?? Maybe before building a theme park based around their movies, they should concentrate on making some memorable movies.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:26 PM
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Fox was the original distributor for Star Wars, so that could be some great rides and themes.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 2:47 PM
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Fox was only the distributor, Disney owns the rights, so that will never, ever happen.

Rio was, according to many I know, very popular and a great movie. I passed. But Fox does have a lot of properties to make a few decent attractions from.

Titanic, the ride, anyone?


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:03 PM
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You can have Titanic The Ride. I'm waiting for Valley Of The Dolls The Ride.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:06 PM
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OK, I should probably clarify before I dig myself into too big of a hole.

Here is a list of 20th Century Fox's movies for each decade. There are obviously some excellent movies in that list. Recently, there have been a lot of duds. Many of the studios are putting out some incredibly dumb movies in recent years.

And yes, a flume ride themed to Titanic would be amazing.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:09 PM
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Wasn't Shoot the Rapids the first Titanic-themed ride?


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:31 PM
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"Prometheus, are you seeing this?"

That would be a great themed ride.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 4:30 PM

Porky's Peep Show would bring some sorely missing quality entertainment to the Theme Park Industry. I just hope they serve beer on picnic days!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:43 PM

Mr. Popper's Penguins. (in Smell-o-Vision)

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:13 PM
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Isn't it time for a good scratch-n-sniff ride?


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 6:20 PM
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I thought tighty-whitey twister took care of the scratch 'n' sniff attraction.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013 8:09 PM

sirloindude said:

Wasn't Shoot the Rapids the first Titanic-themed ride?

Nah, that was Poseidon-themed.


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Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:44 AM
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Popcorn scented joke in 3... 2... 1...


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Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:08 AM
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If someone had wanted to make a popcorn scent joke, he or she would have already done it.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 7:47 AM
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Somebody REALLY doesn't get it.


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