Developers secure 600 acres for Grand Texas theme park

Posted Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:15 PM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

Developers announced Monday the purchase of a roughly 600-acre piece of land in New Caney for the Grand Texas Theme Park and Big Rivers Water Park. The attraction would bring a Texas-themed amusement park, water park, equestrian center and retail center that aims to fill a void left by the former Astro World.

Read more from The Houston Chronicle.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 8:31 PM

I thought EarthQuest was dead in the water.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:11 PM

Just what's everyone needs. Another big Texas theme park about guess what?

Thursday, July 11, 2013 9:44 PM

Excellent timing...Earth Quest will be the perfect dumping ground for all of Cedar Fair's dinosaurs in 2015.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 10:23 PM

^^Yeah. Go away dinosaurs. You need to disappear. With all seriousness, also can you take Mean Streak, the Hurler twins, Luminosity, and Son of Beast (never mind) with you?

Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:03 PM

I know you're young, Tyler, but you should really stop wishing coasters would go away. Whaddaya think, they grow on trees?

Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:08 PM

Some are made out of trees.

Last edited by Tyler Boes, Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:09 PM
Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:52 PM

Really? Joke killer...

Last edited by RCMAC, Thursday, July 11, 2013 11:53 PM
Friday, July 12, 2013 12:27 AM

If one good thing came out of this go-away-dinosaurs-and-trashy-cedar-fair-woodies it is that I found a great go-away-spammers song.

Friday, July 12, 2013 12:58 AM
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That's a pretty cool Christian band, Tyler. I've been checking out their other stuff. They have a really cool sound. Thanks for sharing.

Friday, July 12, 2013 1:18 AM

Calling them "christian" is a stretch. I've been to a few of their concerts, and their philosphy is to play songs that both the secular and christian venues appreciate. Then at the non christian venues they share Jesus. Their music itself isn't usually christian. Their last album was trash, and this and two or three others were the only good songs. They got weird lyrics and a weird sound, and they are just weird humans. At what other concerts does the lead singer wear hulk gloves, calls himself Soul Glow Activater, and gets in a human sized hamster ball and crowd surf in it?

Other than sports and theme parks, christian rock is my passion. I like to combine them. I saw the family force 5 at kings island spirit song fest. They weren't my favorite band there, though. famiily force is probably only my eighth favorite band. Skillet, a more tru rock band, is probably the best. Their brand new record is number one in all of itunes for rock. I got it the day it was out. My new coaster buzz avatar is one of there album artworks for it. It is called Rise.

Friday, July 12, 2013 2:33 AM
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Tyler, you're officially a Grade-A topic-derailer....

Anyway, having read the article, this makes sense. Houston is a major population area and lacks a theme park right now. 600 acres sounds like way too much though. And what, they're breaking ground by the end of the year but they're not telling us what they're breaking ground for?

I'm just suspicious of these out-of-nowhere theme park proposals. If this is for real, they'd be smart to import some of the rotting coasters from Hard Rock Park....

Friday, July 12, 2013 9:07 AM

If Houston could support a major theme park wouldn't Asroworld still be in existence?

Friday, July 12, 2013 9:08 AM

Tyler Boes said:

they are just weird humans.

Pot, meet Kettle.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Friday, July 12, 2013 9:13 AM

This is not Earthquest. Completely separate project that was also supposed to be in the same area (EQ will likely never happen).

Friday, July 12, 2013 9:14 AM

Houston was supporting Astroworld just fine. Debt ridden Six Flags closed the park to sell the land they thought was so valuable that to this day is still an empty field.

You do realize that Houston metroplex is in the top 5 largest population centers in the country, right? Bigger than everything but NY, LA, and Chicago.

Last edited by Fierce Pancake, Friday, July 12, 2013 9:18 AM
Friday, July 12, 2013 9:19 AM

Fierce Pancake said:

This is not Earthquest. Completely separate project that was also supposed to be in the same area (EQ will likely never happen).

If that was for me, the article mentioned EarthQuest and that's why I mentioned it.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Friday, July 12, 2013 9:21 AM

This isn't Earth Quest. We all know Earth Quest was too good to be true. Lofty ideas with spectucular concept art.

Grand Texas will be a 'Texas' themed park. Probably without any dinosaurs. The concept art for the park showed an achieveable, buildable park. It was reasonable and not over-the-top.

600 acres was purchased by the developer. A good sign for things to come. In comparison, Astroworld was landlocked at 65 acres. Grand Texas will feature some rolling terrain in the woods, unlike Astroworld which sat on near flat property.

Astroworld.....Gone But Not Forgotten

Friday, July 12, 2013 9:23 AM

The park itself wont be 600 acres, that's the entire property which will have other facilities (lodging, parking, shopping, etc). I predict it's going to open as a pretty modest place based on the given $200 million pricetag they attached to the whole initial development.

Friday, July 12, 2013 9:24 AM

Mike, the article mentioned Earth Quest but intended to say that Grand Texas will compliment Earth Quest.

"He does not see the new park as a conflict with Earth Quest. He compared the two parks to Knott’s Berry Farm and Disney Land in California. In this scenario, Earth Quest would be Disney Land, and Grand Texas is Knott’s Berry"

Astroworld.....Gone But Not Forgotten


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