Alaska amusement park?

Thursday, March 21, 2002 8:03 AM

The Forbes article mentioned a new amusement park being built in Anchorage, AK for this year. I have some relatives up there and they said they hadn't heard anything about it, and I couldn't find any info on it either. Anybody here know much about this?

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Ohio...so many coasters...
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Thursday, March 21, 2002 8:06 AM
Maybe the featured attraction is a sled ride down Mt. McKinley. Heh.

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Thursday, March 21, 2002 8:14 AM
It's not an amusement park, it's an indoor waterpark called H2Oasis. Doesn't look like they will have very many slides, but they will have a Master Blaster. (And I still don't understand why more waterparks aren't building these!)

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Aaron
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Thursday, March 21, 2002 8:34 AM

Thanks, ColumbusCoaster!

Yeah, it'd be nice if Wyandot Lake would get one of these...or at least something...anything.

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Ohio...so many coasters...
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Thursday, March 21, 2002 8:57 AM
Many years ago,when I was in elementary school,I remember looking at a book about Alaska and seeing a photo of an amusement park called "Alaska Land".I remember seeing a Ferris Wheel in the photo.I don't know if this park had a coaster or not.I would guess this park was in Anchorage,as that is where the largest population base in Alaska is.I am sure this park has been defunct for many years.My memory is a bit sketchy on this on,as it has been over 30 years since I saw this book.It would be interesting to learn more about this park,considering it's unlikely location for an amusement park.

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Thursday, March 21, 2002 9:18 AM
No problem, jimmybob. I agree, one of those would be a great addition to Wyandot Lake. Or maybe one of those "bowl" rides?

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Aaron
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Thursday, March 21, 2002 10:55 AM

Aaron, South Florida hasn't had a waterpark since Atlantis closed down almost a decade ago. The nearest park is a mediocre Rapids in West Palm Beach, quite the commute from anyone in Dade or Monroe counties.

So, if major cities like Miami and Ft. Lauderdale aren't getting a waterpark where the weather is there for year-round operation it'd be hard to fathom a new park going in somewhere else.

Actually, Miami did have a new waterpark on the board a few years ago -- built by Wometco's Miami Seaquarium right next to the Seaquarium but Key Biscayne residents shot it down.

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Thursday, March 21, 2002 11:08 AM

Paris,

I'm not exactly sure what you mean. Wyandot Lake is an existing park here in Columbus -- it's a Six Flags "property" that is basically a waterpark with several dry rides. jimmybob and I were simply saying that we would like to see a Master Blaster added to the park.

Does that help or did I completely miss what you were getting at?

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Aaron
"I think you're blind to the fact that the hand you hold is the hand that holds you down..." - Everclear

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Thursday, March 21, 2002 11:15 AM

Paris said:

So, if major cities like Miami and Ft. Lauderdale aren't getting a waterpark where the weather is there for year-round operation it'd be hard to fathom a new park going in somewhere else.



ColumbusCoaster, I think this is what Paris was getting at...but, with the DBH drawing business the way it does (not FOR the coaster, but I think in large part due to the coaster and its location), I wouldn't be awfully surprised if a waterpark opened in So FL soon. Of course, the only person down there with enough *clout* to get one approved would be "MR. Huizenga"...

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Thursday, March 21, 2002 11:56 AM

You folks are certainly funny. I think the lack of waterparks in Miamia and Ft Lauderdale is due to over saturation (pun intended) of the Florida Market. There are just so many high class water parks (An ungodly amount really) in Florida as a whole that I'm not suprised that some business folk are leery of opening another one.

However, if Davenport, Waterloo & Ottumwa, IA can support water parks then I don't see why a major metropolis in Ohio couldn't supprort one. I realize that there are a few water parks in Ohio, but there's nothing that compares to Florida. (Except maybe CA)

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Thursday, March 21, 2002 12:14 PM

Valleyfair Fan, Good point but the water parks such as Wacky Waters in Davenport is tiny in comparison to a lot of water parks. If only Wacky Waters would expand and maybe build an small amusement park it would greater serve the Quad City area which has over 400,000 people in it.

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Thursday, March 21, 2002 2:35 PM

Ronald S. Anderson said:
Many years ago,when I was in elementary school,I remember looking at a book about Alaska and seeing a photo of an amusement park called "Alaska Land".I remember seeing a Ferris Wheel in the photo.I don't know if this park had a coaster or not.I would guess this park was in Anchorage,as that is where the largest population base in Alaska is.I am sure this park has been defunct for many years.My memory is a bit sketchy on this on,as it has been over 30 years since I saw this book.It would be interesting to learn more about this park,considering it's unlikely location for an amusement park.

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I can fix anything.....where is the duct tape?



Alaskaland is well and running like it never has before, but seeing it is the only theme park in Alaska, it is not really a theme park at all. Alaskaland was a park built for the World Expo to represent the history of Alaska. Covering many acres, this indoor/outdoor park feature only one mechanical ride, a carousel. What you probably saw was probably not a ferris wheel but the Mcharthy (saw) mill, which is no ride at all. The park once had a Psychodrome(indoor scrambler type ride that was taken out in 1998), a Tilt-a-whirl type ride, and a antique car ride. All rides have taken out after the World Expo except for the carousel. The townspeople felt that such rides did not represent any historical importance for the state of Alaska and were just for amusement. The park is really considering changing its name because of the misleading impression the name "Alaskaland" gives as an amusement park. The Psychodrom, the later added ride, was taken out because the noise made by the riders and the ride itself disturbed the park's peace.

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