Posted Monday, May 1, 2006 11:13 PM | Contributed by DawgByte II
Local elected officials got their first look at plans for the proposed Wizard of Oz theme park Thursday at an invitation-only meeting in the Wheatfield Community Center. Niagara County Legislature Chairman William L. Ross, one of those attending the session, said Richard A. Burch, president of Oz Central, the company proposing the $750 million plan, offered no information about how the project will be financed.
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The Summit. O'Toole said there were drawings shown for attractions like the "Kansas Tornado," a 650-foot observation tower which is to simulate a tornado once an hour through the use of strobe lights and steam.
Wow. I can't wait to see that in action.
*** This post was edited by UBRhino 5/2/2006 12:36:24 AM ***
They also mentioned the rollercoaster briefly that would have the cars in the shape of flying monkies. You can use your imagination what kind of coaster that would be, but their stress is a theme-park, not amusement park (disney... not six flags).
They also want to build a 3-story carousel and have around 80% of the attractions indoors either through Emerald City & the castle, or through domed structures (glass or spray-concrete) where-as having a botanical garden-like atmosphere. Other areas included Glinda's area (the good witch), the bad witch, munchkin land, and a couple others.
The whole thing is based on the 38 books from The Wizard of Oz, but absolutely nothing to do with the movie franchise... although you wonder how much you can get out of a book... they did say that there are actually over 600 characters represented in the book, so it was quite impressive. They focused on a few characters like Tik Tok (who looks like a reject from the Robots movie last year) among others.
People who voiced their concern didn't like the hotel going up so close to their backyard (hello, NIMBY)... but a lot praised the idea. One fat lady said that she didn't like the fact that if she wanted to sit outside in her barcalounger, she'd have to stare at this 1000' tall tower, and asked them to shrink it a bit. Hey lady, turn your chair around a few degrees and you won't have to look at it!!
Most of the park seemed to be very well hidden in the 800 acres, so it's not like anything would be an eye-sore. The overhead map showed that some of the park would be on one of the man-made drainage lakes which covers around 50 acres. It was very very impressive, and it's now only starting to accellerate.
Today has a new news article I'll probably submit as well.
That's what they invision it to look like. Overall, the park would take only 200 of the 800 acres. It looks like it'd be a tight squeeze, but they leave a lot open for expansion.
Just trying to get an idea here.
Basically, the park itself would be located here [Adobe Warning]:
The water to the South is Niagara River, and should give you an arial idea where it wants to go.
You were at the meeting too???? A WNYer?
The thing I found dissapointing was the fact that so much potential park expansion space is being used for park operations facilities and parking...I do give the guy much credit for attempting such a risky venture. It has to be different to get the draw in that area.
The North East corner could be used for so much more.... Instead they put warehouses there. If the park is to small you will not get repeat customers....
I wonder how this will affect SFDL and PCW.
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