Is this just "in the park" area, or overall area owned by the company? I know Hershey says the "park" is 110 acres, but the Zoo is an extra 10 or 15 acres, plus there's Chocolate World, the old arena, the stadium, service center, etc. And the parking lot has to be at least 30 ac. I think rule of thumb is like 120-130 cars per acre, allowing for aisles and access drives.
I'm also kind of surprised that Dorney would be nearly twice as large as Hershey. Doesn't seem even as large, let alone twice as big.
Maybe Jacob is one of them Powerball winners and he's going to buy some land and some rides and put up his own brand new park.
I'm sure this has been discussed before. And while I'm not privvy to the park's plans I'll give my uneducated .02 cents:
Unless you're suggesting funnelling patrons thru a tunnel or on an overpass to the new section of the park it means a complete redesign of the traffic flow on Beach Blvd, Grand Avenue, and other streets. That's a hefty price tag unless you can get the city of Buena Park to help. IIRC Anaheim helped with the new freeway off-ramps for the Disney resort but then how often does Disney not get their way?
And we have not even mentioned parking. If Knotts wants to develop the main parking lot on the other side of Grand Ave or the lot behind the hotel you're going to have to replace those spots, and with limited land my guess would be parking structures, also costly.
I think Knotts will continue to maximize the existing space, removing old rides and attractions and squeezing in new rides where possible before expanding across any of the streets that border the park or into the Radisson parking lot.
I've been visiting the park since 1965 and I don't recall the stagecoach path crossing any streets. However the stables are across the street from Xcelerator near the boneyard, so given the right timing one can witness coaches crossing La Palma.