Any large parcels of land left within 30-40 of Miami suitable for a park?

Tuesday, May 18, 2004 12:42 AM
Now that Miramar is fully developed are there any place left 200 acres or bigger within a 45 minute drive from Miami suitable for a regional theme park. I am talking about a park 70-80 acres to start. One about the size of Holiday World or Valleyfair. I think Miami could support a smaller regional park with just a few mid-sized coasters and one hyper(with becons of course). Like Valleyfair but with well runned rides.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2004 12:58 AM
you seem to be quite interested in the possibility of there being land near miami for a mid-size park. (the post regarding blockbuster as well...)

I hate to burst your bubble but unless you have a nice little bundle of 100-500million cash lying around, you're going to be disapointed trying to build a holiday world out of popsicle sticks and glue.

unless you buy one of the cheap six flags parks and move everything. you can probably buy an astroworld or an elitch gardens for 60-100mil. Six flags is having a fire sale on their non-performers. *** Edited 5/18/2004 4:59:29 AM UTC by IntrepidationAW***

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004 8:55 AM
The southeast Florida area is, I believe, the 14th largest metropolitan area in the country. It is baffling that a regional park as not arrived on the map...until you consider the cost of land. My 3 bedroom town home has double in value in the 6 years I have lived here. That is almost unprecedented. The real estate market is way over inflated.

There was talk about putting a park down around Homestead that was going to be a "moving images" park. It would have various versions of theater experiences such as IMAX, OmniMax, 3-D, etc. As with most amusement park "dreams", it too has not materialized.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004 9:46 AM
In visiting Miami last summer, I got the impression that a huge portion of the area is uninhabitable. Between Miami and Key Largo, at one point you drive some 30 miles through swampland with no gas stations, restaurants, anything.

Anyway, I think someone should buy out that Parrot Jungle or whatever it is, that's on the island near Miami Beach. Perfect place for a park! :)

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Tuesday, May 18, 2004 10:56 AM
About 40 years ago there was a large area of land in Central Florida that was swampland with no gas stations, restaurants, anything.

It is now called Walt Disney World.

An island isn't a great place for an amusement park, particularly in South Florida where traffic is already brutal. Imagine all of the traffic generated by Cedar Point on it's peninsula but drop that right in the middle of Miami. I don't think so.

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