Oz project dead

Posted Monday, December 31, 2001 7:39 AM | Contributed by supermandl

The plan to build the "Wonderful World of Oz" theme park has finally died, after two years of ups and down with local government. While the plan was originally approved in some form in 1999, later votes in the approval process stopped the project from moving forward.

Read more from The Kanasas City Star.

Monday, December 31, 2001 7:40 AM
If you look back at the stories on this from the last few years, it was always the one commissioner who objected. One has to wonder if she was acting on her interests or those of her constituents.

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Monday, December 31, 2001 9:04 AM
That's pretty sad...I sit here and just shake my head in disgust.  If she didn't want it to be there(she says contrary yet does everything in the opposite) then why string the investors along like that.  Something stinks here...and I don't want to find out what it was...better to not know I think.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 10:03 AM
This really is kind of sad. The artists drawings were very impressive and this would have really helped their economy with taxes.
THe one thing I don't understand is why couldn't they have planned the park in a different county?
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Monday, December 31, 2001 10:33 AM
Sounds like there were alot of people opposed to the park.  Oh well,  everyone else knows they are missing out on a lot of money.
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Monday, December 31, 2001 10:50 AM
What will happen to the proposed B&M Inverted?  Wasn't the Winged Monkey supposed to go here?
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Monday, December 31, 2001 11:08 AM
Anyone have any pictures of the artists drawings?
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Monday, December 31, 2001 11:09 AM
Very sad state of affairs. I was looking forward to going to Oz, but one person with the high hopes of becoming a somebody in the world of politics has to ruin a good idea, for political gain. I like how the person wrote the story. Hopefully that councilwoman will not be reelected. They would have created countless numbers of jobs, because if I am not mistaken there was going to be a golf course and a resort there as well. (If I am wrong please let me know)
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Monday, December 31, 2001 11:24 AM
Here are the storys in order:

Oz blocked by one public official:

http://coasterbuzz.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=1579

Oz project continues to stumble and stand still:

http://coasterbuzz.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=2354

More hurdles face Oz project:

http://coasterbuzz.com/news/news.asp?NewsID=2547

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Monday, December 31, 2001 12:31 PM
I know some people from the area.  They were VERY opposed to the park, to the point of not listening to reason.  Their take on it is "We're tired of the Wizard of Oz stereotypes and want nothing to do with it."

The people I was talking to even said something to the effect of "that area is poor, why put a park there?"  Pointing out to them that it'd bring money TO the area just went over their heads.

Very sad.

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Monday, December 31, 2001 3:23 PM
Well there goes my idea for the Wicked Witch themed water ride. :(
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Monday, December 31, 2001 6:16 PM
Well, I live in the county where this was supposed to be built. I'm a huge enthusiast of theme parks, but this one was NOT your average park. Yes, the idea was great and the drawings and plans looked fantastic. But, the company heading the project wasn't one to trust. If another company that knew what they were doing and established trust with the citizens and commissioners of Johnson County were taking on the project, then I would be VERY pleased to see something like this in mid-america.

As for counties, they tried to build it in Wyandotte County (just north of Johnson), but NASCAR beat the park to the land and now the Kansas Speedway sits on that land. So, they headed south. The county and myself couldn't put trust in the company because they didn't pay back the loans they received from Wyandotte County. They also never stuck to their stories. Everything you heard from them varied from a previous statement. 

In the end, I don't think the project under the same company was the best option for our area. While I would like to see another park in the area to compete with Worlds of Fun, if it has the 'Oz' name or theme, many would be opposed to it...just because of its reputation.

As for the commissioner that opposed Oz. She's a stuck up snob and I'm definitely NOT voting for her next year when her term is up. Oz isn't their only thing that she was opposed to. She's opposed to many other things that the residents of the county want and need. 

Finally, in response to GregLeg's comment, you are correct in the fact that Wyandotte County isn't the most wealthy of counties. However, Johnson County is. I believe it is the fourth or fifth richest county in the country. So, it's not like we couldn't afford the park.

Matt

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Monday, December 31, 2001 8:35 PM
Thank you, Matt.  I'm glad to hear it's NOT just blind opposition to the park, which was the impression the folks I'd talked to gave.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2002 10:16 PM
We have plenty of "OZ" parks out here in California. They are called San Quentin and Folsom. Come visit any time. Everyone is very friendly Haha... sorry, I just had to say that.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 12:53 PM
That's really sad!! Well, now that this plan has failed maybe Cedar Fair will invest more money in Worlds of fun!!!

Here is a cool website that best describes this hole article!

www.worldsoffun.org/kcparks/oz.html
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Wednesday, January 2, 2002 8:27 PM
Yeah, that link you posted is a VERY old page we have on our site. We used to have some pages about other historical Kansas City parks and a brief bit on Oz. The links and e-mail addresses no longer work and the info is very out of date. I'm surprised you found that link. :-) Anyway, just a quick warning.

Matt

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Thursday, January 3, 2002 7:38 AM
Matt - I actually found this website some years ago when I went to Worlds of Fun for the first time.  I always thought that was the main reason why Cedar Fair LLP didn't invest big dollars in capital Expenditures @ WOF. They were affraid of what was to come in Kansas City, Kansas.

I can't believe that the investors spent 40 million in Research and Project Planning.  If I were an investor, I would sue 'big time.'  I hate when political propaganda effects the one thing that keeps me a child and thats the Theme Park industry.     

Chris *** This post was edited by cvp2000 on 1/3/2002. ***

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