Does Omaha, Nebraska deserve an amusement park?

Monday, June 6, 2016 9:52 PM

Other than Adventureland in Altoona, IA, the states known for the farming in the Midwest are bereft of a significant amusement attraction. Would Omaha bring in enough money for a park to be well-supported? There was a rumor about "Six Flags Over Nebraska"... let me know your thoughts.

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Monday, June 6, 2016 10:14 PM

Deserve isn't really at issue, it's whether the area can support a park. In the not-too-distant past, Memphis, Tulsa, and Wichita have all lost parks....

As for SFON, the company doesn't really build anything from scratch any more...

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Monday, June 6, 2016 11:36 PM

I am sure Omaha can support a Small Amusement park roughly the size of Adventureland in Altoona, IA. It is much more of a tourist destination than what Wichita currently is. Omaha is a good regional tourist destination with great attractions like a world class zoo, a railroad museum, and the College Baseball World Series. Wichita doesn't have much to attract tourists outside of maybe a small air Muesum. Also the location of Joyland was in a very bad neighborhood which didn't help em at all. There was not much hope into making Joyland profitable again.

Right now Omaha has 1 operating coaster in the area at a small family fun center in Papillion. I have yet to visit that park. Maybe I'll find a chance to visit it, but I love the zoo so much. If you ever go visit Omaha be sure to visit the Zoo. (It takes 2 days to go through it)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:48 AM

My sister moved out to Omaha, so I got the chance to see the village for myself. I think Adventureland is close enough to satisfy any demand nicely.

I've flown out to Denver twice recently- they could definitely use something more than just Elitch Gardens...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 3:20 AM

Why should any town "deserve" anything, let alone an amusement park? Unless of course you live in Muskegon, MI, in which case, you definitely deserve a new coaster.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 5:47 AM

Walk-Off HBP said:
they could definitely use something more than just Elitch Gardens...

Lakeside?

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:44 AM

^ I love Lakeside. I should clarify that I didn't mean to imply Denver could use something else in addition to Elitch Gardens, just that it would be nice if Elitch Gardens was less of a dump than it is.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:34 AM

Agreed. I had an ok day there, but thought it was pretty much a dump with so many missed opportunities. It was nice I could take the train there. Would that Elitch had remained in its old spot.

I looooved Lakeside so much I went twice. (The first night I was there they closed early due to a rash of tornados in the area which is extremely rare for Denver) For the second trip there was beautiful weather and I had a blast. The forgotten old-timey stuff is definitely my thing.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:54 AM

^The old-timey stuff is what led me to consider the place "the Knoebels of the West."

LOVE Lakeside...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 12:41 PM

We also have Water World, which is a pretty sweet water park. But it would be nice if Elitch's actually had the space to build some nice rides. At least they still have the Sidewinder.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:20 PM

I don't understand why Elitch went through all the trouble of moving the park, and then put it in to a landlocked spot. Makes no sense. It's not like there's a lack of land near Denver.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 7:29 PM

Hope you saw Lakeside after dark.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 11:16 PM

Me? I'll answer.
But of course. And took the train ride around the lake after dark for a spectacular view. Cyclone at night was awesome. I took a million pictures of the neon. ( got busted ) And I stayed til close.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 11:56 PM

RCMAC said:
I took a million pictures of the neon. ( got busted )

That's all the reason I need to never go out of my way to get there.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 1:04 AM

J. said:

We also have Water World...

We all have Waterworld. Always.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 11:30 AM

Omaha is a prick. It doesn't deserve crap.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:55 PM

I just saw a TV commercial where the Schwartz family of Omaha, Nebraska takes their vacation in Missouri. So... there ya go.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 8:29 PM

Generally, if you tell a park you're an enthusiast, they'll ask you to leave....

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 9:24 PM

I tried to pass myself off as a harmless fan, which I am, and the gentle but firm answer was no.
I didn't get thrown out, though, and because I'm a risk taker and a rule breaker, I waited to stelth the rest of my shots under the cloak of darkness.
Hoo ha ha ha haaaaaa.....

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016 10:38 PM

I hate to admit it, but I'd have to look at a map to figure out where Omaha, Nebraska is. I know it's somewhere in the Untied States. It's completely off my radar. There is a very good reason for that though, and it has to do with it not having any kind of destination theme park for me to be interested in.

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