Posted Wednesday, October 19, 2005 10:51 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The economic development director of La Marque, Texas thinks an amusement park would be good for his city following the closure of Six Flags Astroworld, and he is particularly interested in talking to Cedar Fair about the development of a park.
I didn't read the article, but I could see Cedar Fair being the right company to pick in developing a park. They seem to have the whole growing aspect down pat when looking at what they did to Dorney Park, Worlds of Fun, and what they are trying to do to Michigan's Adventure.
If some sort of infrastructure is in place, I could see them doing that and entering the market in that region.
P.S. While I don't completely agree with Cedar Fair stripping Dorney Park its character and completely changing the park you have to admit that what they did worked and are seeing huge returns on their investment.
From what I gather from the article, there is no infrastructure in place. This would be starting a park from scratch, or at least starting a park on a new piece of land that has nothing pertaining to amusement rides currently on it. Your examples of Cedar Fair all pertain to parks that they bought and continued to grow, not parks they started from scratch.
With all the parks that are having problems with their local governments/communities, it is real refreshing to read news like this...however, not quite refreshing enough to make me register to read a dayum article.
Cedar Fair has never built a park from scratch. All of their properties, including the flagship park, were already in place when they were obtained. They haven't even thought of building from scratch since the Irish Hills days, and that was thirty years ago.
People here are thinking it is a publicity stunt. They think SF's will be open next year. Maybe just another owner. Well de construction has already started at the water park. I just want to scream, it aint no joke folks....
There are going to be a lot of surprised people next summer when they realized it was really true!
Who knows, when that hunger kicks in, what might be sparked!
I believe that a new park, with the right atmosphere, collection of rides, and cleanliness, could definitely thrive in the Houston area. It is quite a large market, and I am sure will now be among if not the largest metropolitan area without a major amusement park nearby.
I say any company with the money and half a brain could make some money on this one. I am willing to bet that something in the next 5 to 10 years will be developed. For now, Houston residents should just make the 2 to 3 hour drive to either SFoT or SFFT, if they werent doing that already.