SFMW Future Speculation

Saturday, October 20, 2001 3:57 PM
When SFMW buys the fairgrounds would it be smart to put a water park in? I say it would but the only flaw is that there's already a SF owned water park in the Bay area (Waterworld). What's your opinion?

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Saturday, October 20, 2001 4:15 PM
Add a super huge woodie bigger then the Beast! :)
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Saturday, October 20, 2001 7:10 PM
Add a hyper as well as a gyro drop. But the city of Vallejo better raise the height limit to 200+

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Saturday, October 20, 2001 8:39 PM
I say they should put in more parking! The size of the parking lot is rediculus!
Saturday, October 20, 2001 10:45 PM
If SFMW does buy the fairgrounds, as has been rumored/speculated on since SFMW moved into Vallejo back in 1985/1986 (as Marine World Africa USA), first thing is first; build a bigger parking lot! The present lot is just too small for some of the crowds that can come into the park.
Now as for the waterpark, it could be done, but as SFMWManiac87 said, there's already Waterworld in Concord. That could just as well shoot that idea down even though I think you could divide the fairgrounds evenly enough to allow for that hyper and other expansion to co-exist with a waterpark; pending it's all done right of course.
Best bet is that if SFMW gets the fairgrounds, expect a hyper (if they don't manage to cram it into the present land they do own), and add in other thrills and attractions that are non-animal related. Then we could see the present side be used solely for animal exhibits/attractions.
That's my guess of course. Though a stand-up gyro drop could fit nicely in the park right now...
There are more improvements I could think of for SFMW besides buying the fairgrounds, but I'll save it for my site when it goes back live.

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Saturday, October 20, 2001 11:30 PM
Let me just state that this is my opinion, and nothing more.

It seems as if, in the last few years, SFMW has been trying to 'steal the thunder' of PGA. They're, in essence, attempting to create a park that is just marginally better than PGA, but a heck of alot closer to two major population centers (San Franicisco and Sacramento). The placement of the park (just off of I-80) has allowed it to flourish. They've added many attractions that are similar to attract those who prefer the other park:
-Kong (similar to Top Gun *in the eyes of the GP*)
-Roar (similar to Grizzly)
-The Skycoaster
-Medusa (when it premiered, the commercials advertised it as "The world's first flying coaster", just as PGA was to open with Stealth)
-etc., etc., etc.

All of these attractions (and many more) bear resemblance to that which resides at PGA. The commercials even say "The best park in Northern California!", which is pretty much saying "Why go there when you could come here?"

So, the question we should ask ourselves is not "What does Marine World need?" or "What would be the coolest thing for them to get?", but "What does PGA still have that SFMW doesn't?" On this point, I'd have to agree that a drop ride of some sort is in order, probably Intamin. There are numerous logistical problems that the park needs to correct, but they still need to solidify their image before going into the realms of the unknown.

Although PGA seems to be in the downs right now (with sagging profits and attendance), their reputation could allow them to easily strike back. This reputation is apparent throughout the park; just listen to someone trying to coax a friend onto Kong: "It's just like Top Gun at Great America!". Or to someone at Roar: "I've been on this one before...No, wait...that was Grizzly at Great America..." SFMW doesn't have this reputation yet, and they're working on building it by giving the people slightly better versions of what they already have in an easier-to-reach location.
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*** This post was edited by dmb-crush on 10/21/2001. ***


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