They're really going to need something that draws because that town is pretty much in the middle of nowhere with Detroit being the only major metropolitan area decently closeby, a 3 hour drive. But the concept art does look impressive. :)
It sounds like they are putting the cart before the horse.... Not in every instance does "Build it and they will come" apply. If Cedar Point is having a hard time drawing from Detroit this place will have just as much trouble if not more so. I am not convinced that this will work in that location. There are other locations that might work better. And for some odd reason I have hear of this Main Street America proposed park but I think it was for a different location.
Holiday World may be in the middle of nowhere but keep in mind that within a three hour drive you can get to Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, & Nashville. Those are all metro areas with over a million people.
This place only has one: Detroit, which continues to be cited as a reason for CP's decline in attendence since the city's population is declining.
If people go and have a good time, why would they not return? I think it is going to be successful.
It's right off a MAJOR expressway(I75), so it will be easy to get to. It's going to be open year round with things to do in the winter like snow mobile(sp) races. It's close to detroit AND canada as well. Michigan is a HUGE travel destination for many familys with many things to do. Frankinmuth Michigan is in the middle of nowhere, but they bring in millions of people every year...a big chunk of them are from out of state.
Sure the economy in Michigan is crappy right now, but it is not always going to be like this. The economy is bad in sandusky as well.....and look at that park.
But look at the diferance between the parks. Autoworld and chicagoland were indoor parks with only a handfull of attractions, and nowhere to expand. They did not fail because of the location they were in.
The similarities are in the theming. Theming becomes stale (with the exception of Disney because of the huge media conglomerate and they way they have managed to colonize pop culture in a way nobody else has done).
I was looking at the original plans for Great Adventure and it was equally, if not more, grandiose than this. What actually got built was a much smaller version that only lightly drew on the ideas in the original plan. Over the years, Great Adventure evolved into much more of a large amusement park rather than a "theme" park. Does Michigan really need an oversized amusement park?
How about a 1000 acre outlet mall? That's what seems to attract all the business these days. :(
The Wolverine State could use more amusement parks, given its population. Still, this does little to ease the long travel from the Detroit area where MiA and CP are the closest parks of decent size.
I wonder how a small to mid-sized family oriented park would do if it were situated somewhere around Ann Arbor, far enough from Detroit to keep the urban trouble away but close enough to attract regular business from the area? *** Edited 5/30/2007 4:11:35 PM UTC by Arthur Bahl***
They seem to have their act together as far as concept and design goes.. some very impressive looking stuff. Besides the location, the theme just seems sooo lame, and I don't understand why you would spend so much money just to come across looking like a Disney ripoff. The blurb on that page mentions a $160 million price tag. That seems mind bogglingly low, looking at those plans. *** Edited 5/30/2007 4:58:15 PM UTC by ThemeDesigner***