Grand Texas developer talks about project, takes stab at Disney

Posted Friday, December 6, 2013 9:35 AM | Contributed by Jeff

At the monthly meeting of the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Chuck Hendrix and Ashley Higson of the Grand Texas Sports & Entertainment District gave a presentation to update area business leaders on their plans to develop a theme park, including five roller coasters. They also insist they won't "do what Disney does to you."

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Friday, December 6, 2013 11:47 AM
rollergator's avatar

The mention of Disney in that way reminds me of SFWoA (SFO, whatever) saying that you'd drive past CP to get to their park. Don't bring up the name of the giant that's willing and able to CRUSH you...

Friday, December 6, 2013 2:21 PM

Barry Bonds?

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Friday, December 6, 2013 3:07 PM
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Yeah, I don't know what they hope to achieve inviting the comparison. The cluster-F that is Main Street every night at Magic Kingdom certainly implies people are willing to shell out cash for the experience.

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Friday, December 6, 2013 3:27 PM
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As a regional park, why ever would they compare to Disney? This park will never be a resort destination, and I don't get that that is what they're going for.

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Friday, December 6, 2013 5:12 PM
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It's just a PR move to get press. They've been doing a good job it seems.

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Friday, December 6, 2013 9:05 PM
ApolloAndy's avatar

Yeah, but whatever happened to "Underpromise and overdeliver." You can get a ton of press by promising that your park will melt the face off of anyone who goes, but if I show up and my face is still solid... HRP and SFWoA know what happens.

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Friday, December 6, 2013 11:35 PM
sws's avatar

They also insist they won't "do what Disney does to you."

I guess they don't want to make you happy.

Last edited by sws, Friday, December 6, 2013 11:35 PM
Saturday, December 7, 2013 2:05 PM
rollergator's avatar

^The image of the Grinch next to that post....that's worth a "+1" to me... :)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:04 AM

In fairness, while I thought his approach was a bit arrogant, he was pitching the concept at a local chamber meeting to a bunch of non-park people. If he doesn’t have general support from the local business community, who likely have connections with elected officials, the project is much more difficult to pull off.

I have been to these kinds of meetings (chamber, planning board etc.) with my park and there is an element of showmanship with any development announcement. Especially if you are trying to sell the concept to local business leaders for support.

Last edited by Hanging n' Banging, Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:05 AM
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:27 PM
kpjb's avatar

That's how towns end up with monorails.


Tuesday, December 10, 2013 5:19 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Is there a chance the track could bend?

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