New Iowa Park on the brink of final announcement

Posted Friday, May 2, 2003 5:48 AM | Contributed by MForceXtreme

The official announcement for the construction of the planned amusement park in Iowa has been tentatively set for May 15, a local spokesman said. Steve Minard, president of Metro Omaha Theme Park L.L.C., said he'll announce at that time the scope of the park, the timing of the construction and other specifics.

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Friday, May 2, 2003 8:31 AM
300ft drop tower! high expectations though, 1m people a year?

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Friday, May 2, 2003 8:32 AM
oh and by the way, sometimes 76 acres can be good, for example, Blackpool Pleasure beach is only something like 43 acres, and nothing has stopped that!

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Friday, May 2, 2003 10:12 AM
Although 1m people may be optimistic, the Omaha area has a population of over 700,000. Wild Adventures in southern Georgia is in the middle of nowhere and draws 1.2m. Holiday World is also in the middle of nowhere and should hit 1m in the next few years.

Mike

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Friday, May 2, 2003 12:24 PM
It has a chance of drawing 1 Million people because it will be open year round. There are indoor and outdoor sections of the park so over the winter time people will still come to the arcades and other things that are indoors.

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Friday, May 2, 2003 12:45 PM
Don't forget people, Lincoln is almost 300,000 people and we are all used to driving to Omaha for the occasional trip. When you consider Columbus, Fremont and South Sioux into the Omaha mix, there is more than 1 million people within 1.5 hours drive to this park. It could have enough 'pull' to allow it to thrive.

I am guessing that many people used to going east to Adventureland may not do that as often. This will, however, create a nice 'corn triangle' of regional parks, WOF, Adventureland, and Omaha-Council Bluffs.

Maybe this development will cause Cedar Fair to address something major for WOF????

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Friday, May 2, 2003 2:40 PM
Papa's Park? Is that really going to be the name?

They would have to sell t-shirts that said "Who's your daddy?"

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 2:16 PM
Actually the Omaha Metro area is closer to 1,000,100 people according to the most recent survey.

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Saturday, May 3, 2003 3:51 PM
Oh my God! This is so awesome, I thought this project had died back in November, the last I heard was that executive from Disney came to help with the marketing or somthing of the sort. Finally, something closer to home, 20-25 minutes away from me! This would definitely benefit the entire area but I think that, although out of the way, land out on I-80 between Omaha and Lincoln would have been better for expansion and better for any height restrictions that a location close to Eppley would bring. Then again, riverfront property near the casinos and two arenas is beneficial... in some ways.

A 300 foot drop tower seems a little unrealistic for the Omaha metro area. I wonder how the Council Bluffs locals will act towards this whole plan, hopefully they will realize the revenue potential that the park has and be open and optimistic about it, unlike that of other theme park neighbors.

I hope that if rumors are true, we may be the new home to Thunder Eagle from Race World... that looks like a very fun woodie and definitely deserves a good home, it was only open for around 14 months! ... Or the woodie may come in 2004 and be a S&S creation... who knows? (*Starts the rumor mill)

Sparky, I do believe (as of now, may change or have changed...) that Papa's Park is the name, http://www.papaspark.com is registered to the company and the company's name is Metro Omaha Theme Park, LLC so I doubt it is the company name. We'll see on May 15! You can bet I will be at the grand opening, especially if any drop/shot tower is there!*** This post was edited by OmahaJohn 5/3/2003 10:08:51 PM ****** This post was edited by OmahaJohn 5/5/2003 8:28:57 PM ***

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Sunday, May 4, 2003 9:15 PM
Is 76 acres just for the initial park? Is there any plans to buy more land for expansion in the future to build a hypercoaster?
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Monday, May 5, 2003 5:07 AM
John: Denise Dinn never created anything other than a bankrupt company. She's not a designer or engineer.

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Monday, May 5, 2003 4:36 PM
What exactly did she do then? Just manage it?

76 acres is just the first phase of the park. The plot of land between S. 24th Street and the South Omaha Bridge Road is rather large and other articles state that the first phase would be around 80 with 50 acres for expansion. Most of the land over there past the South O Bridge (the last time I took that road) looked to be mostly vacant but the park will have a few close neighbors... hopefully the same thing won't happen to this park like with what happened to Peony.

"Minard also said that other amusement parks have put orders on hold for two roller coasters being built and that his firm may purchase one of them. This means it could be installed much quicker than if one had to be built from scratch, he said." - an article from the Daily NonPareil

Now, what coasters have been postponed or cancelled this year? I was just glancing over the articles that I have saved and I thought this was interesting.*** This post was edited by OmahaJohn 5/5/2003 8:44:57 PM ***

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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 1:34 PM
OmahaJohn, we've been having a pretty good discussion about the park, and possible rides at this sight here. Please note their are multiple threads on this site about the topic. http://www.worldsoffun.org/community/index.htm
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Tuesday, May 6, 2003 4:25 PM
Thanks, I have been looking for a place to talk about it! I am in the process of creating a website dedicated to it, I am just looking for an "official" name for the park.
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