Posted Friday, December 12, 2003 10:35 AM | Contributed by eightdotthree
A Pittsburgh-area developer wants to build a 400 acre amusement park near the airport. The park would include all of the traditional elements, including a water park and indoor "snow dome" for year-round sledding. A representative from Kennywood thinks there's plenty of room for another park.
$105 million for a 400 acre amusement park? Where are they shopping? Sam's Club?
Man... that is VERY very cheap for an amusement park from scratch of that size & what they plan on having... fat chance!
Back here in Buffalo, there was an amusement park planned during the spring, summer & fizzled out in the fall when it went thru the tubes. It was supposed to be a partially domed amusement park on about 100 or so acres of land and cost well over 160 million for that project. It would have very similar qualities of this one proposed by the Pitt Airport, except it was by the waterfront of Lake Erie.
I don't see this happening, because the real cost will be nearly half a billion when all is said & done.
Five times as large as Kennywood? Wow. And, do we even have to bother? It's another Jazzland scenario. Give it not more than two seasons by itself and we'll have ourselves Six Flags Pittsburgh in no time.
They've got to lose the "Only in America" name. It's terrible. I think I'd rather wear a "South of the Border" t-shirt. Phantom's Revenge Rules, where do you suppose that Kennywood would put any extra rides should the park not work out? It's not like the park is oozing with extra room.
I am even more skeptical then felix. I attend college about 2 miles from the Pittsburgh airport and obviously would be thrilled to see this new park but I don't think it has a chance. Some of the marketing ideas they list I think are good ideas. College ID gets in for about 10 bucks cheaper. 2 Free Days, and the Zip Code day could help get some local people. So many different ideas were proposed for the old Pittsburgh Airport ever since it closed over 10 years ago and they finally just completed a little office park last year. This city has enough problems with the budget crisis and the horrible road system before they could worry about a huge park. How would anyone who is not west of the city get there?
Hey critics, I took some time to talk to these people. They would not say much. What they did send me was a some kind of start up study. Pretty lame, but it did verify that the 105 million was just for the 20 acre water-park, that will open before the rest of the park does. It seems wtae may have chopped that up a bit. I am still not sure what to believe, but I now believe they definately have more of a chance than what was shown on that interview. I do personally feel better about them and their experience, after talking to them. They contacted me back extremely fast, knew their facts and figures, and overall really seemed like nice people with their heads screwed on straight. Let's hope for the best. Larry
Nice people with their heads screwed on straight also came up with an indoor NASCAR track, a high-speed maglev, a revitilization of the 5th/Forbes corridor and all sorts of other major Pittsburgh projects that are either seriously delayed or will never happen. It's not gonna happen people, at least not until there's a park in Indiana or possibly North Carolina to feed them rides ...
Near the airport, huh? Sounds like a recipe for height restrictions.
...ok, maybe not. I don't know enough about the geography of that area to know how close it is. But having been buzzed by UPS 747's while riding Twisted Sist... er... Twins here in Luahvul, the words "airport" and "amusement park" in the same paragraph isn't usually a good thing...