More hurdles face Oz development in Kansas

Posted Thursday, July 26, 2001 8:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The mayor of De Soto, Kansas, says that Johnson County should buy the land of a former army ammunition plant and resell it to developers. The current plans are for the Oz Entertainment Co. to purchase the land and build a theme park and resort, while selling the remaining land to developers. Oz feels that they are changing the rules in a process that hasn't gone much of anywhere on three years.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 11:08 AM
Who's Oz, or what is Oz?

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 12:16 PM
Oz...the the Wizard of Oz...they want to build a park based on the book.

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 12:50 PM
Geeze, can't they just let them build the stupid be park and be done with it? They will enjuoy the result (extra tax $$).

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Thursday, July 26, 2001 12:56 PM

heres a link about the project
http://www.worldofoz.com/
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http://www.geocities.com/ultimatethrillparks/index.htm
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 1:52 PM

No offense or anything, but....WHY!!!!?????
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 4:17 PM
Wow! These artists' renderings of the park are beautiful! Gotta love that "flying monkey" themed inverted. If the park is half as elaborate as these pictures it'll be fancier than Disneyland.
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Thursday, July 26, 2001 5:40 PM
Hopefully the council will just let Oz go build on the site or hopefully Oz will pick somewhere else in Kansas, or maybe they'll decide to come up here to Virginia and give SFA, BGW and PKD a run for their money (Hey, I can dream can't I?)

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Friday, July 27, 2001 1:47 AM
I'm telling you Flying Monkey looks awesome with a Vertical Loop inserted into a Cobra Roll. A tight turn or Hammerhead joins the two. Have a look at the layout here; www.coaster-network.com/bm/bm/monkey.htm

They could always build the park in Oz, no, not that OZ, but Oz which is otherwise known as Australia. :)
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Friday, July 27, 2001 2:03 AM
john peck's avatar While I love the concept to this park, I have my doubts that it would actually become profitable. Look at both Visionland and Jazzland's situations, there up to their necks and they werent half as themed as this place is trying to be....

Im hoping they have done enough research on tourism numbers so the park doesnt have to rely so much on the local population.
I am very skeptical, reguardless
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Friday, July 27, 2001 11:21 AM
I could see this being pretty big, though. Everyone loves The Wizard of Oz. Who didn't see it when they were young, and what parent doesn't want their kids watching it? I think of it as another Disney Land/World. Only thing I can think of that would hinder it is weather. But, as with anything, who knows how the GP will feel about going to Kansas. With the Disney parks, there's more than just Disney near by. What else is there to do around this new park? Not to knock Kansas, I've never been there, so I really have no idea.

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Friday, July 27, 2001 11:48 PM
When Disneyworld was built, there was nothing around except the Magic Kingdom back then and look how successful that became.

Thematicly it doesn't make sense to build this anywhere EXCEPT Kansas, it's just too bad the Kansanians(?) don't want it very much.
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