Miami zoo wants to turn into a theme park

Posted Monday, July 15, 2002 4:55 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Metrozoo has hatched a mammoth plan to become a different breed of zoo. But it will take more than simple animal attraction. The zoo got unanimous approval from the Miami-Dade County Commission Thursday for an ambitious master plan that would turn the 731-acre compound into a theme park-like hybrid over the next two decades. Estimated cost over the 20-year stretch: $350 million, which will have to be cobbled from public and private funds.

Read more from the Miami Herald.

Monday, July 15, 2002 7:19 AM
Sounds like it will be a Busch Gardens type place.
Monday, July 15, 2002 8:42 AM

Sweet I go out to Miami a lot, and can't always go up to Orlando, but now I can go to the Miami amusement park!!!! I hope they build a PTC woodie.

Monday, July 15, 2002 8:54 AM

10 bucks bets they'll build a B&M stupid floridans and your BEEMERS

Joe, who's jealous that PKI doesn't have one over 30 years.

Monday, July 15, 2002 9:23 AM
Miami.....Zoo. Anyone else think that's redundant....

Joe, trade you two Beemers (and I'll even throw in one of these pervasive mice)....for Beast, SoB, Screechin' Eagle, or even PKI's Racer....shoot, we need some other steel too, so I'll also accept FoF, anything Intamin...(Drop Zone(?), shoot, I'll take Maggie or even Vortex....the point is: "Read my lips, No New Beemers...."....;) *** This post was edited by rollergator on 7/15/2002. ***

Monday, July 15, 2002 10:52 AM
I didn't see any mention of any typr of coasters or rides. It's possible it may not be that type of theme park.
Monday, July 15, 2002 12:21 PM
I hope that they will add coasters, and finally we can have a good theme park in south florida. something that south florida has needed forever.
Monday, July 15, 2002 1:03 PM
Hey the woodie at Boomer's isn't too shabby.
Monday, July 15, 2002 2:14 PM
Teenage Ninja, that was really not cool. I was born in Miami and the only stupid there are the old people. But you can't blame them.

I love roller coasters, and I need psychiatric help. Or a roller coaster.

Monday, July 15, 2002 2:23 PM

FP....couldn't agree more.....the bummer is that it's almost a 6-hour drive to the best woodie in FL.....and it just KEEPS getting better....

bill, wondering when someone's gonna pick up that other CoasterWorks' project at the astoundingly reasonable price of 500K....

Monday, July 15, 2002 4:49 PM

From the article:

"How about a safari ride aboard a Land Rover for an up-close look at gazelles, rhinos and zebras?"

Hmmmmmm... Think I've heard this somewhere before. Watch it in those turns!!

Crito, ergo sum.

Monday, July 15, 2002 10:16 PM
I say good for florida for building good steel!But I wouldn't mind seeing a nice intamin hyper to go visit.

"Excitement, Adventure. A Jedi Craves Not These Things." *** This post was edited by lbwmobster on 7/16/2002. ***

Tuesday, July 16, 2002 4:01 AM

Miami is not a zoo. It is one of the easiest foreign countries for American's to visit! The only thing more ridiculous than the City is the politics.

That said, the MetroZoo would be a great place to build on a South Florida theme park concept. South Florida is probably one of the biggest metro areas without a theme park...Orlando being 3.5 hours away. I hope it works out.


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