Well, *I* would WAY prefer Jax over Cape Coral, in that one is a two hour drive and the other is MUCH worse...;)
SW Florida is growing fast, and there's enough people south of Tampa to make SOME sort of park, but it really IS still very retiree-oriented...maybe a Southeastern Bonfante?
Jax wouldn't be a BAD choice, but it IS a little close to WA...still, demographically, it's WAY more in line with SF's normal customer base than ANY place on the West coast...(unless they want to build on top of BGT, LOL)....
Still, we know from experience that SF does NOT build parks *from scratch*, and right now they don't have the "scratch" needed to build a decent-sized carnival....;)
I had heard from a buddy around the Cocoa Beach area that rumors were circulating there about a month ago.
He said that they had planned to put one around the Cocoa Beach, Port Saint John Area.
Well, we can see that now the rumors are in three different areas.
But yes, I agree; Six Flags does not have the cash to build another park right now. While Six Flags does not have a theme park in FL, I think it would be a great idea somewhere around the Miami area because, in my opnion, there just aren't very many good roller coasters in that state for as many people as there are.
I think that someone seeing a commercial for a theme park often sparks rumor. I remember a few years ago(mid-late 90s) that there was talk from some higher up political people that my family are friends with that SFI was building near Charleston/Huntington/Beckley WVa. My dad was @ the Capital(is it 'a' or 'o' for a building?) Complex atleast 1 time per week on business, and he heard it from many area officials he was aquainted with.
That was around the time that SFI was doing a national add campaing about being #2 in the industry and how you had to offer what #1 didn't, and such(around the time they teamed up with DC, pre-Premier days when SF was starting to grow).
It happens, but I knew a park would not be coming to WV. Where is there flat land here to support such a park?;)
Funny thing....I heard from one of my *customers* in Miami today that there's some rumbling going on about some property located in Homestead area that has been getting lots of attention as a potential location for an amusement park....
SF? Highly doubtful. Could a *regional* park survive in that area? Undoubtedly!
Just speculation... but Six Flags runs water parks and the article linked above said Weeki Wachee Springs was facing financial difficulties? How about Six Flags buying Weeki Wachee Springs. It fits their current model of buying existing things. Could this be an answer to the rumors?
Rob Ascough said: I know that SF owns a rather large chunck of land outside of Cape Coral, but right now have no plans for it.
They Do? All of their holdings were disclosed in a recent annnual report to stock holders and I didn't see any information on land in Cape Coral, or anywhere in Florida for that matter. Where did you get this information from?
dragon....I thought of that, but the article referenced in Hernando Today was QUITE specific about locations, and the area in question was NOT Weeki Wachee.
Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have an SF park nearby. Considering what's been going on at The Mouse House over the past couple years, I think there's some potential even in the crowded Central FL market....still, the South Florida market would prove a MUCH easier entry point, and more lucrative, with WAY less competition.
Weeki Wachee might be better suited to Kent Buescher, LOL...;)