Posted Monday, November 24, 2003 11:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff
A planned park associated with former Wild Kingdom host Jim Fowler now has a new name and new attractions. The park, set to be developed on nearly 1,000 acres of timber land north of Brunswick and off Interstate 95, was originally called "Jim Fowler's Life in the Wild: A Resort for Animals and People." The new working name is "Steamboat City." Ground breaking is planned for 2004, with no opening date set.
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BATWING FAN SFA
Monday, November 24, 2003 2:57 PM
It sounds alot like Fowler wants to make another attempt at the failed wild life preserve style park,although it appears this time he's learned from his mistakes on that project by deciding to add a ride oreinted park from the get go along with the wild life area.
For those who didn't know Jim Fowler was the man most responsible for creating Wild life preserve back in 1972,that park was in business for 10 years before the waterpark was added in 82 & the rest as they say is history.
Wildlife preserve would later become Wild world & in 94 premiere got their hands on it changing the name to Adventure world & just 5 years later SFA.
This will be interesting to watch because if this project turns out to be a failure as Wildlife preserve was some 32 years ago then might we have another Wild world situation on our hands?
Monday, November 24, 2003 6:41 PM
This park sounds similar to Wild Adventures in
Valdosta Ga .I am not sure how far apart they are.
Can the market handle two parks with the same theme in close proximity ? Will they get enough business while building up with a complete park nearby?
They will have more drive by traffic (location,location,location)
*** This post was edited by kevin38 11/24/2003 6:44:52 PM ***
BATWING FAN SFA
Monday, November 24, 2003 9:38 PM
The theme doesn't really matter all that much...what does matter is that as long as they provide something good & exciting for their local market & if the paying customers believe they've gotten a good value for their money then the park will be successful.
Competition can be a good asset because it requires both parks to work extra hard to get more business & it means new attractions for the local market.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:21 PM
Also, Brunswick is near the Barrier Islands on the coast. Lots of tourism going on in the area. It's been several years since I've been, but the town is not too large based on the full time residents, but there's a lot going on there because of the beaches. Valdosta, on the other hand is not as close to the coast and is a larger market area on its own.
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 9:59 PM
Creepy. I've actually been driven right by this area and thought "This would be a great spot for a theme park."
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 12:48 PM
Batwing Fan SFA, I was begining to think I was the only one who remembered the Largo Wildlife Preserve! I never did understand why they thought that a drive through safari park was a good idea for that area. As for a park in Brunswick, GA, I was there in the Navy when NAS Glenco was still open. That is a nice area, a well planned theme park should do good.