Omaha in line for new amusement park

Posted Friday, February 15, 2002 5:07 AM | Contributed by Swoosh

Papa's Park wants to build a new amusement park in Omaha. The park would include racing woodie, inverted coaster, water coaster, 26 rides, and could be open by Memorial Day 2003.

Read more from KETV.

Friday, February 15, 2002 5:23 AM
Wheres Omaha?
Friday, February 15, 2002 5:38 AM
Friday, February 15, 2002 6:17 AM
I hope they pull it off as Omaha would be a great stopping point on a drive from WoF to Arnold's Park.  My suspicion tells me the inverted will be a Vekoma and the woodie a GCI. 

Matthew - who can't believe someone asked where Omaha is!

Friday, February 15, 2002 6:40 AM
This is very cool  news. I don't blame RememberIdora on that question. If there is one town that no one knows about it is Omaha. I mean you never hear about them on the news do you? I mean its not a bad thing.

Of course that's just my opinion I could be wrong~Dennis Miller

Friday, February 15, 2002 6:41 AM
It sounds like Setpoint has another potential customer. According to the video report, the parks naming rights are for sale. Let's hope they don't get another Enron or PSI Net.

Lastly, did anyone else read the scary story under the headlines? If you're a male, you'll know what I'm talking about:) *** This post was edited by Intamin Fan on 2/15/2002. ***

Friday, February 15, 2002 6:42 AM
1 year is pretty quick to build something that big!
"I'll bet that thing hits 5 Gs going through that loop.....faaar ooouut!"
Friday, February 15, 2002 7:01 AM
The sad thing is Omaha is the biggest city in Nebraska and some people have never heard of it.  I can understand why thought because I live in Nebraska and it not the best place on earth to live.
Friday, February 15, 2002 7:10 AM
Don't they teach geography in schools anymore?  In any event, with a population of about 335,000 it will be interesting to see if it can sustain the park.
Friday, February 15, 2002 7:15 AM
Wahoo, what do you think the population of Santa Claus, Indiana is? :)



Friday, February 15, 2002 7:22 AM
The metro area of Omaha is about 1,000,100 people, I think it will be no problem. And with Lincoln near by as well. Omaha used to have an Amusement Park called Poeny Park. It had a Galaxy model coaster.

To bad I'll be living in California when it opens. But it's about time to get a park, there is nothing to do here!

Fear the Wrath of the Orient Express!!

Friday, February 15, 2002 7:24 AM
As I have said before, build the park outside Omaha between Omaha and Lincoln.  You could tap the Lincoln market and have lots of room to expand.
Friday, February 15, 2002 7:31 AM
If indeed it does happen when will the construction on the rollercoasters start and the park it self?
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Friday, February 15, 2002 7:34 AM
Wow! This sounds fantastic! Another park that I will NEVER visit.
--Let's see, SliverWood, Frontier City, Lagoon, New 'Omaha' Park....
Friday, February 15, 2002 7:46 AM
What's the point in saying you will never visit a park?  I'd like to think i'll get to as many as I could eventually...
If the shoe fits, find another one.
Friday, February 15, 2002 7:56 AM
To me this is fantastic news as I'm from Iowa and a trip to Omaha isn't that big of a deal (as opposed to the 9 hour trips to Cedar Point).  It'll be interesting to see how Adventureland, Worlds of Fun, and Valleyfair deal with the new competition.
Excalibur Crew for 2002! *** This post was edited by Valleyfair Fan on 2/15/2002. ***
Friday, February 15, 2002 8:00 AM
In the video it is said

Omaha is becoming more of a entertainment destination  

Steve Minard Papa parks

WTH is there to do in Omaha !

Any ways it also says they need an area to expand with in the future.  The map I have looks like the area they are looking at seems to be to crowded already.

Is anyone familiar with this area that could shed some light as to the possible locations?  They say north of the convention center but the area where the reporter was standing was 10th and Capital?




*** This post was edited by Ragingusmc on 2/15/2002. *** *** This post was edited by Ragingusmc on 2/15/2002. ***

Friday, February 15, 2002 8:06 AM

It doesn't matter where they build the park in Omaha, This park will still tap into lincoln. The aim of the builders is to have it close to the riverfront/downtown wich currently has plenty of area to expand as long as they get the land now and don't wait too long. The idea is attract the casino goers and their families hopefully to turn it into a family thing much like vegas. except not quite the size. However they o say that they have other areas in mind one of wich I am sure is in Council Bluffs and i do agree that the Mahoney area would be smart as well. But as for Lincoln they would still go to Omaha vice Kansas City no matter where you put the park in Omaha.

Yes as stated above Omaha May have a population of 400, 000 but the entire metro area wich consist of Bellevue, Council Bluffs, Bennington, Carter Lake, and several other smaller towns that are in the metro area you are at least talking a million people and that is without Lincoln, Freemont, Souix City, Grand Island, Norfolk wich all would benefit from this park being in Omaha Just because it would now be closer than any other major park.

The reson why peony didn't survive was because it was just what it was a city park and did not have the rides or ability to attract people from Omaha yet the surrounding areas and cities. A park like this papas park will attract not only people from the area but it will tap into the tourism of the casinos in Iowa and not to mention It is on I-80 wich could get a lot of people to stop on family vacations.

There are also plenty of prks wich are in much smaller cities but get national recogniton and survive on that recognition. I believe Holiday World has been mentioned, And I would like to throw in Wild Adventures wich is in the small town of Valdosta Georgia with a popultaion of 42,700.

Friday, February 15, 2002 8:13 AM

St. Joseph, Mo & Kansas City are also not too far.
Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze
Friday, February 15, 2002 8:45 AM
I live right in Omaha and even if all we get is a Vekoma SLC and a GCI it will be a BIG improvement with having nothing. lol

And for those of you who think there is nothing to do, we have the eighth largest Zoo in the US, if I'm not mistaken. That can get boring though.


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