I just wonder why they have not made a decision, yet. It has been over two years since Katrina hit. It seems that if they do not wish to continue in the New Orleans market, then they should relocate the rides and sell the land already. Enough of this futzing around.
well they're stuck with the land for right now... nagin won't budge on that... and they have already moved Batman to SFFT. perhaps they feel the other rides aren't worth moving. The Jester was an Okay steel coaster, and the woodie they have probably has serious rotting issues.
They also had a boomerang coaster... something like all of the parks have. They could sell the boomerang and the jester, but perhaps they are waiting to see if they get more insurance money or something. haha "deuling boomerangs" for 2009 somewhere...
^^LOL, about 6-8 weeks ago, we *finally* settled on some hurricane claims from '04. Considering we were at about .05% of what SF was looking for, it could be a COLD cold day on the bayou before they see ANY of that money...
On the flip side, as Nawlins returns gradually and becomes more of what it once was, there will be a call for SOME sort of venue like this, only smaller. I'm thinking more along the lines of Kemah, less SFNO. Time (and tide) will tell.... :-/
I think the Mega Zeph train might end up on Screamin' Eagle. Sort of like what SFWOA did with Raging Wolf Bobs in 2003. Gerstlauer trains have been moving all over the place lately. *** Edited 1/24/2008 12:09:53 AM UTC by WOF Guy***
They have that S&S tower that one would THINK would be salvageable... I know that among other things. I know various parks from around the chain have picked up random nick nacks. I know SFA has their "pimped out" Fright Fest hearse and some of their shade structures (still waiting to be assembled as of the end of the 2007 season) and SFNE picked up some of their props. I'm sure they're looking over EVERYTHING there to see what can be kept and what will still need to hit the junk yard. Personally, even if they do reopen, I think the best option would be to take it all down and start from scratch just on a smaller scale.
WOF Guy said: I think the Mega Zeph train might end up on Screamin' Eagle. Sort of like what SFWOA did with Raging Wolf Bobs in 2003. Gerstlauer trains have been moving all over the place lately. *** Edited 1/24/2008 12:09:53 AM UTC by WOF Guy***
Please NO!!!! From my exp. on G-trains compared to ptc's, I much prefer ptc's.
Living close by I only have passed it twice since the hurricane and it looks like it did then except for the fact that Jester has a poke a dot coating over the green track. Mega Zeph looks the same, and Batman the Ride of course has been moved to SFFT. I went there last year in the morning and drove up to the entrance where there were a bunch of security cars sitting there and the gate was closed, but that was during the time they were taking down BTR.
I hope that it eventually re opens and I think like mentioned earlier, the Kemah Boardwalk is a nice place and I think it would be a great addition. I also think that because the park was losing money with this park and with the 150 million or so quoted above could defiantly help with the debt.
Somone correct me if I'm wrong. But, I don't think they can put any of the $150m toward the debt. I belive the +/- 100 year lease says any money recieved from the settlement has to be used for rebuilding the New Orleans park.
Well I am sure the park would back out of its contract if it could, but whenever and if ever they do get their insurance money I would imagine they would have to use it at that location, but I am not positive. Anyway its not like its really loosing money right now anyway everyone else is still recovering from the hurricane I am sure it might be a while before enough people will want to go to an amusement park to make it profitable.
^ SF was going to build a "Hurricane" Harbour apparently the same year Katrina hit and obviously you know why plans were cancelled. Unless I'm wrong and it was just a rumour someone correct me.. but that would be an Ironic name HURRICANE harbour.. which in reality is what NOLA is.