coo man chu
Monday, September 3, 2001 9:18 PM
This is just a quick observation, and question.
Is MACK trucks the same company as MACK the makers of coasters?
And does Marriot, the company that once owned the great america parks (SFGA, PGA) now run old folks homes and hotels?
Spelling and grammer does not need to be corrected if the message gets across!
Tuesday, September 4, 2001 7:28 AM
Can't answer the first question-- but Marriott, the hotel company, is the same company that owned the Great America parks, and actually harbored ambitions of creating a nationwide chain of Great American theme parks. There were plans for a 3d park in Maryland.
Tuesday, September 4, 2001 9:42 AM
The two Macks are different. The ride-producing Mack is a German company, where the truck-producing Mack is American.
Scott W. Short
Tuesday, September 4, 2001 12:46 PM
Yes, Marriott was a Hotel company that decided to get into the theme park business. When it had a difficult time making profits, it dumped the parks. Six Flags bought the one in Chicago and the city of Santa Clara its park. The Santa Clara park was first run and then bought by King's Entertainment Company (KECO) who owned Canada's Wonderland, Carrowinds, King's Island, and King's Dominion. KECO sold the entire chain of parks to Paramount in the early 90's.
And yes, Marriot did have plans for a third park near Washington D.C. It would have opened in 1978, but plans fell through. Too bad!
Tuesday, September 4, 2001 1:04 PM
Wasn't the guy's name Willard Marriot? As in Willard's Whizzer? Is he still alive? If so, he's got to be pretty old.
Tuesday, September 4, 2001 1:49 PM
A developer actually bought the Santa Clara park with the intention of leveling the park and building a subdivision. The city seeing jobs and tourism dollars jumped in. As I recall there was legal wrangling resulting in the city buying the park.
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 9:40 AM
The answers to the original questions:
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 9:45 AM
what's interesting is that the real estate in that area skyrocketed. Paramount would make a bundle by leveling it. Good thing they haven't. I may have gotten my fill by working there for a few years, but I'd hate to see it go.
Wednesday, September 5, 2001 11:23 AM
The same can be said about SFGAm's land skyrocketing in value with real estate. Gurnee has become a popular town in the last 15 years. That land where the park sits has got to be worth a fortune now.
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