Progress on possible theme park in Nashville

Friday, May 3, 2002 12:49 PM
For those interested, here are some recent articles from the Tennessean newspaper related to a possible future theme park in Nashville, including a picture of a model of a themed section of the park:

04/25/02 - Metro hears proposal for theme park
04/28/02 - Developer says park's profit would cover costs
04/29/02 - Downtown doesn't need junky theme park
04/29/02 - Take a critical look at Thrillopolis proposal
05/26/02 - Personality, attention to detail, picking key people have paved

I found these by going to and searching (search box on right side of page) for 'theme park'. There are also some letters to the editor on the subject there.

One article talks about the site they're eyeing being a poor site. With the surrounding interstate, river, Nashville skyline, Adelphia Coliseum, housing projects, etc., I highly agree, as I explained in this thread.

If you're looking for someone to email, here's some people you might try:
*Mayor Bill Purcell -
*Ed Hart, Themeparks' chief executive officer - *cant find email address.*
*Metro Finance Director David Manning - (email form)
*Tim O'Brien, senior editor at Nashville-based industry trade magazine Amusement Business -
*Richard Lawson covers economic development for the Tennessean - or 615-259-8283.
*Rick Bernhardt, Executive Director Metro Planning Nashville-Davidson County - or 615-862-7173, 615-862-7209 Fax

Edit#1 - added email addresses.
Edit#2 6/3/02 - added Rick Bernhardt, added link to 5/26/02 article.

*** This post was edited by Raptor Pilot on 6/3/2002. ***

Friday, May 3, 2002 1:26 PM

Ahhhh, HUSS' LAND OF THE GIANTS...... :) I was waiting for someone to get this awesome ride package!

I really hope Nashville approves this plan and moves on it. But, I think they should reconsider the location. 82 acres can get eaten up by a park real quickly. They should shoot for something more suburban that will give them room to expand easier.

WCUSA-The World's largest theme park is coming!
Theme parks will NEVER be the same!

Friday, May 17, 2002 9:04 AM
This morning, Channel 2 news aired a story, showing the first pictures of a wooden coaster and steel coaster. The wooden coaster is fairly small, the steel coaster looks to me like a B&M inverted. It's nice to read that they do have back up locations in mind. I have the story Channel 2 aired today (5/17/02) recorded, as well as one from around Feb 28th or Mar 1st (are there others?). I hope to get a friend w/ a capture card get them on to the PC to share.

You can read most of the story, see a picture of the inverted coaster, and watch a video here.

Also, I've found some more articles on the topic at The Nashville City Paper's website. Search on "theme park".
Worth note is the April 26 article in which Tom Powell, associate publisher of Amusement Business magazine, said the location is terrible.

*** This post was edited by Raptor Pilot on 5/17/2002. ***

Friday, May 17, 2002 12:22 PM

Oh hell yeah, I want this park to open up now. :)

B&M inverted with seven inversions (tieing it with Montu for most inversions on an inverted) incl. Immelman, Vertical loop, heartline, cobra roll, two interlocking flatspins, and a helix finale.

Sounds good to me!

Fiesta Fest Weakest Link contestant wannabe.

Monday, June 3, 2002 9:04 AM
Update - I added a link (to originial thread) to a decent article from the Tennessean 5/26/02. It's mainly about Ed Hart, with some talk about Magic Springs.
Something I found interesting in the article - "Until Kentucky Kingdom, Hart had never been involved with theme parks. He had 10 years with J.C. Penney Co. Inc. in product development in New York".
Wonder if that has anything to do w/ the awful main planned site they're looking at. IMO, someone who was the least little bit of an amusement park enthusiast wouldn't want to build a park there. Maybe it doesn't. Just a thought.
Wednesday, June 19, 2002 1:15 PM
Keeping this post up to date.

As stated here in the news item, the proposed downtown location for Thrillopolis is no longer being looked at (smart move). There are plenty of other areas in the Nashville area that would be very nice sites for a theme park and everyone I talk to here (Nashville) seem to agree on both accounts.
Now that that location is no longer being looked at, here's to hoping they find a better location for a theme park that pleases all the required business/government people for getting this thing built.

Wednesday, August 7, 2002 7:01 AM
I've just (by accident) come across an unofficial thrillopolis website at which looks like it went online mid June.
There's a forum there as well.

The overhead layout in the Attractions section there is a general layout taken from Huss's web site. Would a park have/want to use that same layout?

Not to be ungrateful, but surely the park (if built) will have more than 2-3 coasters and a bunch of spin and pukes, wouldnt it? Those in the know, speak! :)


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