Study says new Nashville theme park would be a winner

Posted Wednesday, March 16, 2005 10:17 AM | Contributed by Raptor Pilot

Metro Councilman Charlie Tygard commissioned a study to see if Nashville could support another theme park. The study concluded Nashville is the largest market without a theme park, and if one opened here again, it could bring a million people and millions of dollars to Music City.

Read more from WTVF/Nashville.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:14 PM
well, duh.

/using sarcasm to help keep my hopes down

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:18 PM
Who was that one guy that kept claiming that he was working on a project for a Nashville theme park (or was it Memphis?)? That guy was a hoot.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 3:38 PM
You mean CoastermanX?
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 4:26 PM
Seriously, the biggest no-brainer of the decade.

There was the one in Memphis which was to be a park of mamoth proportions from what I remember. More of a pipe-dream of mamoth proportions as it turned out. And then Nashville Shores water park was probably the most recent idea that got shot down b/c of community input about the potential noise and traffic, etc.

If a park were to be built, I don't know that it would be in Davidson county b/c it's mostly all subdivided out these days and I bet a potential park would face a lot of the same obstacles that Nashville Shores faced when they were trying to build up a park. Just my opinion.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005 6:00 PM
Thank you councilman Charlie Tygard. Now let's put that study into action. Bring it on!
Wednesday, March 16, 2005 6:35 PM
Wow, Im remembered, amazing.
Thursday, March 17, 2005 12:44 AM
Well true, the people in the Nashville Shores area didn't want a park there, but the main reason that park idea flatlined is because the Army Corp of Engineers manages that land, and they have a policy that prohibits amusement parks on federal property it manages. That ended quickly.

The basic reason Thrillopolis didn't go through is, from what I remember, the first location in downtown Nashville was a terrible location and I it seems the scrap yard wouldn't sell the land, and the '2nd' locations (there were 3), all in Wilson County, didn't work out because Wilson wouldn't put up the amount of funds that Themeparks LLC was asking for their share. But I believe that was just between Wilson and Themeparks at that point, and Metro Nashville/Davidson county was out of it.

Now that Metro is interested in a park again, and seem to think it would be a success, maybe they'll be more willing this time around to find a location and do what it takes to get it built. At least, that's what I like to think. :)

And I imagine there are still several good locations in Davidson that aren't populated.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 1:25 PM
I share the same response as Themedesigner......DUH!

I barely remember Opryland, but from what I CAN remember is was a great little park. I think they made a mistake by shutting it down anyway. We have enough malls. :-D

How far is Nashville Valley Theme Park from the original Opryland site?


Thursday, March 17, 2005 1:33 PM
Or they could just build a new park in my backyard in Williamson County?

I've LOVE to see a park go in around Nashville. There's nothing for us enthusiasts to do here. We need a park badly.

Tina, Nashville Valley is just a few minutes drive from the original Opryland site. But it's an absolute disaster.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 4:42 PM
I ended up seeing this story on the local TV news here. There's another news article and that video from WKRN. The video shows the Opryland Railroad, the Grizzly River Rampage, and more footage of Hangman than I've seen since back when the ride opened. I hate how they compare attendance to year-round parks though.

I've never been or spoken with anyone that's been to Nashville Valley, but it's basically a small fair in a parking lot.

Thursday, March 17, 2005 7:28 PM
I only went out to Nashville Valley to ride the Pinfari made King coaster. I was desperate for a late autumn coaster fix. Bleh...It didn't solve that problem. Coaster-itis is a bad bad thing.
Friday, March 18, 2005 6:21 PM
Here's another article about the theme park:

You can download the research synopsis documents on that site.


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