Nashville Theme Park

Sunday, June 15, 2003 9:24 AM
What company would you like to see build a new theme park in Nashville?

Paramount? Busch? Six Flags? Cedar Fair? Other?

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Sunday, June 15, 2003 9:54 AM

Let's Have Busch build it and re-erect drachen fire.

Six Flags Wouldn't build it because since when do they start new parks. Paramount Could do it. But that wouldn't be my fave. Busch could do a fine job, They would be my choice. Cedar fair would build , but then they would butcher the coasters.
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This place would be be a nightmare for midgets.

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Sunday, June 15, 2003 10:10 AM
Six Flags, Paramount, and Busch already have parks relatively closeby Nashville. I'd say a Cedar Fair park would work there best. It's also kind of ironic how the new mini park being installed there is called Valley Fair. :)

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Sunday, June 15, 2003 11:22 AM
thepinkdoomofmonkeys said:

Let's Have Busch build it and re-erect drachen fire.
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I agree. I would Like to see Busch build a park in Nashville. But I belive they are pretty much finished Building parks from Scratch. (Busch considered buying Opryland back when National Life sold it to Gaylord in the 80's, but they backed out because they would've had to buy the Hotel and the Opry as well.)

My next choice would be Paramount or Cedar Fair. I think Six Flags has to many parks now anyway.

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*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 6/15/2003 3:23:50 PM ***

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Sunday, June 15, 2003 12:40 PM
People, unlike other coasters in storage, Drachen Fire no longer exists. I believe it was completely scrapped. Please get over it.
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Sunday, June 15, 2003 1:46 PM
Yeah , I was really just joking there. But it would be cool if they could convince B&M to smooth it out and rebuild it, that would be awesome. That coaster had the coolest layout ever.

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This place would be be a nightmare for midgets.

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Monday, June 16, 2003 7:41 AM
Since when are any of the big players building parks from scratch? Best I can figure the last _major_ new non-destination theme park built in the US was Fiesta Texas, and that was built by Gaylord. I guess Jazzland might count, but again, not built by Six Flags.
Come to think of it, what was the last _new_ park actually built by either Six Flags, Paramount, Cedar Fair or Busch? Even the Herschends don't build _totally_ from scratch.

It's been a long time. The point is, building a new park is risky. All those companies are publically held and aren't allowed to get away with risky.

Anyway, as for Nashville, I seriously doubt anyone's going to build anything _massive_ there. If anything gets built at all my bet is it'll start out small and grow (like Themepark LLC's current plan of building just a waterpark and growing from there)

Though I still hold out hope that my company is going to build a park in Nashville someday, and that I'll get to help design it. Nashville would be a perfect fit for us. We'll see.
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*** This post was edited by ThemeDesigner 6/16/2003 11:43:35 AM ***

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Monday, June 16, 2003 8:59 AM

RollerJunkie said:
Six Flags, Paramount, and Busch already have parks relatively closeby Nashville. I'd say a Cedar Fair park would work there best. It's also kind of ironic how the new mini park being installed there is called Valley Fair. :)

Busch has a park nearby here? Where?! :)

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Monday, June 16, 2003 7:34 PM
I just found a news article today from last Thursday's Tennessean newspaper that basically says the idea for a new Nashville theme & water park involving designers, Themeparks LLC, is pretty much a dead issue. Sad but true, here's the full article copied from The Tennessean (I'm bummed!):

"Negotiations have stalled on a proposal to build a water park that would have eventually expanded into a theme park in Wilson County, with neither side optimistic about talks resuming.

''I don't think we're going to be pursuing it,'' said Ed Hart, CEO of Themeparks LLC, a Louisville, Ky.-based company that signed an agreement last September to negotiate exclusively with Wilson County for one year.

''We laid out what we needed and thought could be achieved. Consequently, I don't know how you move forward,'' Hart said.

Officials felt the project was ''gaining momentum,'' several months back. Three locations were identified as possible sites, with county officials saying off Interstate 40 near South Mt. Juliet Road was a preferred location.

Hart said Themeparks LLC wants a public-private partnership for the project, estimated to cost $24 million for the water park and $125 million for the expanded theme park.

The company requested Wilson County guarantee bonds for about 50% of the project's initial cost. Themeparks LLC would pay back the bonds, but if the company defaulted, the county would be responsible. ''They want the county to share in costs more than we were willing to give,'' Wilson County Executive Robert Dedman said. ''We don't want to be responsible, and if it went down, we'd be responsible. We'll listen if they have a new proposal.''

However, ''unless they make contact with us, I'd say it's dead,'' Dedman said.

Holly Sears, Wilson County's economic development director, said it's been several months since any discussions have taken place. Hart and Dedman said yesterday their positions would not change.

''We still have the memorandum of agreement, but I would say not having any conversations the past couple months is a concern,'' Sears said.

Themeparks LLC began working with Wilson County after negotiations with Metro broke down; because of the inability to make a deal in Davidson County.

Hart did not anticipate Theme parks LLC looking for another Midstate location to build a theme park despite what he feels is a void since Opryland closed in 1997.

''We've looked at Davidson and Wilson County, and I'm not sure there is the political will to get this done,'' Hart said. ''We don't know the reason, since more tax revenues are generated. How much was lost when Opryland closed? This was an opportunity to solve that problem.''

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Monday, June 16, 2003 7:46 PM
I would still like to hope that a company like Busch would take interest in building a Nashville theme park. There is so much potential here for tourist dollars, it only makes sense. So what that Busch hasn't built a new park in ages. Both Busch parks are at least 11 hours from Nashville so I don't see a conflict of interest there personally.
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Monday, June 16, 2003 7:57 PM
Judging from that article, I guess Nashville will remain Park-less unless that "Valley Fair" tourist trap ever developes into a Real Park.

It's funny to think that at one point it seemed that Thrillopolis was a sure thing. They had a website, site plans and everything.

They evan had an Official Forum.

I'd like to see Busch build a Music or Country/Southern themed park in Nashville. I think they'd do a really good job, much better than what Opryland could have done in it's Heyday.

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*** This post was edited by Dukeis#1 6/17/2003 12:06:04 AM ***

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 10:59 AM
thrillerman1,
Here is the link to the article.

There was a similar article in April that I mentioned in one of the threads here.

Dukeis#1,
That wasn't an official forum. If you google on thrillopolis, it even says "|| ThrillopolisThemePark.com || Un-Official Source for ..." It was run by the same guy that has the access2control.com site, and has had oprylandthemepark.com registered for what looks like almost 3 years now. I've tried to email him several times in the past offering help with the Opryland site but assume he felt threatened since he'd never reply (I verified the address was good).
Someone (Themeparks LLC maybe?) also registered thrillopolis.com in March 2002.

There are plenty of other good open easily accessable areas outside Nashville. I hope they don't stop looking.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 5:58 PM
Herschend Family Entertainment Corperation (a.k.a. Silver Dollar City, Inc.) could even do it in mmy opinion.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2003 8:05 PM
If the park were to start out small, I wouldn't mind something along the lines of Holiday World. What a great park...clean, perfectly themed, and 2 of the best coasters ever! Surely someone is interested in building here. Busch, Busch?!
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