My own theme park

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 9:58 AM
I want to own my own theme park by the time I'm at least 35. I'm 15 so I got a while. I was just wondering if their is any information for me about running my own theme park. Information like How much money I would need and about how much space. Do I need to go to college or something. The park hopefully will be in my hometown New York City and have at least 6 record breaking or first of a kind roller coasters. Give Six Flags great adventure a run for its money.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 10:07 AM

Derrick Whitsett said:
Do I need to go to college or something.


I can't believe you just asked that. yes, go to school. finish school, then worry about the real world. you aren't going to own a park when you're 22 unless you've got the money. you'll probably have to run other parks, then plan for your own park, get the money and the clearance, and build it. don't worry about where it is or what kind of records you can break or who you will compete with. just build it and give yourself some credibility. then you can build in NY with 6 record breakers and run SFGAd into the ground.

the more I think about it, the more I realize how badly we need free higher education such as the system in many European countries, even if it means significantly higher taxes.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 10:13 AM

I admire your drive, but I don't think there's ever going to be an amusement park in NYC. The land alone would cost more than I'm going to make in my entire lifetime.

Even in rural New York or elsewhere, you are going to have to go deep into debt to start a park, and you're not going to be allowed to do that until you're older and have a lot of established credit.

So my advice would be, go to school, major in business, spend about 20 years working hard and learning everything you can, in the theme park business if possible, save a nice nest egg, and then see about starting a park.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 10:49 AM
If I were to go into New York City, I wouldn't build a new park. I would buy out the concessioned rides (Jumbo Jet, etc) that run along the Astroland park. A more realistic and feasable idea.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 11:03 AM
Win the lottery.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 11:08 AM
rob Bill Gates lol
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 11:10 AM
Go to school and get degrees in business, marketing, and accounting. You should get a job at an existing park and get some experience. Get to know a lot of rich people who may have enough money to go in on a venture with you. Or friends who are in high places in banks... otherwise you'll never get enough money. Secure a cool hundred million or two, pick some land (carefully) and see where you go from there.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 11:27 AM
TitanFan? ;)

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 12:20 PM
Don't listen to any of these people Derrick! They all want you to fail! In fact, I would encourage you to drop out of school immediately or at least as soon as possible. Simply play RCT2 all day and occasionally go to the bank to learn about money and the grocery store to learn about food. That's the secret of the industry right there, folks!

In regard to your questions, in order to run a theme park you need exactly 33 million dollars and 235 cubic acres.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 12:25 PM
"cubic acres"....man, I am dimensionally perplexed....;)
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 12:28 PM

Righton Bull guy! I was thinkin the same thing!

My suggestion....start small. Holiday World did(and still is). Don't make one of those HUGE parks. Keep it simple and "family."

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 12:37 PM

rollergator said:
"cubic acres"....man, I am dimensionally perplexed....


Because an acre is a unit of area...I'm assuming cubic acres is a measurement in 6 dimensions. Perhaps that's feasible if you build your park in a black hole or something. :)

Anyways, go to college and major in something you like doing. If you don't like management, there are many other things you should be over a theme park owner. You can always take sick days/weekends off from your 9-5 job to visit parks.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 12:42 PM

My plain for life

When I'm 16 & 17 work at SFDL for the summer

When I'm in College (18) work at Cedar Point

I'll graduate from college with a business degree and I'd like to work for Cedar Point or SF park as a CEO or manager or the director of new rides and development.

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As the coasters get bigger so do the queue lines

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 12:56 PM

I sould do that. Start off small with maybe 1 or two good wooden coasters or 1 B&M coaster, add maybe14 flat rides and food and shop stalls, and maybe a kids section. Thank's for the idea!

To Flabby Lips: No offense, but I got to go to school. I'm one of the smartest people in my school. I might go to college for at least 2 years just to get more knowledge about the business

*** This post was edited by Derrick Whitsett on 11/12/2002. ***

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 1:07 PM
Derrick, Flabby Lips was being a smart-aleck. You should plan on going to college for four years.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 2:22 PM
Let's see. First, you must factor in inflation, since it'll take 20 years to achieve your goal. Second, you must factor in the high cost of doing business in New York City. Third, where exactly in NYC could you build a park that would challenge SFGA from a size standpoint? Lastly, where exactly are you going to get the kind of money necessary to even get off the ground, especially with your desired rides. Custom rides and/or record breaking rides cost big bucks.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 2:35 PM
First off, building this park in NY will NEVER happen, so let's get that straight. Now, onto where it can really go? How about next to my park in Washington state on a farm (ala Oakwood), where stands the glorious, and air-filled machine, the legendary Carl Phare Coaster? It can (and will) happen. Don't give up your dreams... If you are successful, and brave enough (read as insane), you too can own your own coaster. :)
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 2:35 PM
Join AMWAY first.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 2:46 PM
you're a dumbass...
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 10:40 PM

Let me tell you a little story about myself.

I remember wanting to own a park when I was a kid. Adults would ask me what I wanted to be when I grow up and I would tell them, "Amusement Park Owner". I had big plans; even the design of my park on paper(which looked really good, for me being a pre-teen).

Around the age of 16 or 17, I started doubting my plans would ever come to pass. I noticed that Math was my weakest subject in school, I didn't spend money wisely, and I just didn't have a good business sense.

Also around that age I started attending small "Punk Rock" concerts. I was also getting involved with volunteering at yearly haunted house projects.

A few years had passed and I found myself organizing these "Punk Rock" concerts and Haunted house attractions. I didn't realize it at the time, but I view these events as "amusement" for the public to enjoy. I am now in the process of moveing my opperations to a larger city nearby within the next few months where I can become even more successful.

So even though it didn't turn out to be even the slightest bit a large of a business as an amusement park, I DO own my own amusement parklike business.

My advice to you is to only set your goals at a realistic level. I don't think you could ever build a Six Flags sized park from scratch, but what about buying and resurecting a small defunct park or building a family fun center?

My Mom and other mothers around the USA are known as saying," you can be anything and do anything you want to do", and in a way, they're right.

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