Theme park anchors new Niagara development

Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2005 9:56 PM | Contributed by supermandl

Hoco Ltd., a Niagara Falls-based hospitality and entertainment developer, is working with city officials on a multi-phase project that will cover 30 acres, extending south from Clifton Hill toward the Skylon Tower. The mixed-use project will include a 28-story, 294-room Comfort Suites hotel, a 50,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor waterpark, an amusement park and 140,000 square feet of new retail outlets and restaurants along Clifton Hill.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2005 10:36 PM
Well, we know there now will be a woodie at the new Niagara park...hopefully it will be a nice mid-sized woodie.
Tuesday, June 7, 2005 11:31 PM
It would be nice to go and visit....I hope it would be a woodie worth riding, even if its mid-sized
Tuesday, June 7, 2005 11:35 PM
I don't see the need for a new park there since there are so many attractions near the falls and Marineland only 3 miles away.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 7:28 AM
Look on the bright side theres now compation!
Oh its so early sorry aboutmy english.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 8:28 AM
I don't know how they'll fit a wooden coaster there within 30 acres, unless it's a wood coaster with steel supports which takes up less room than wooden supports.

...but the coaster is supposed to be 101' tall while the wild-mouse like coaster will be roughly 75' tall. They say that they're not trying to be the next [Six Flags] Darien Lake, but instead a mid-sized family park... so most of the flats won't be spin-n-pukes.

...I'd just like to really see how they will manage to squeeze all this in that small area. Looking at a sattelite map, it looks like it's going to be quite a challenge.

...Marineland may only be 3 miles away, but marineland is also just that... a marine animal themed park. They're opening up a giant aquarium, have all the beluga & orca habitats & the marine shows. Their concentration isn't about rides... but that may now change with the increased competition in the area & the really really booming Niagara Falls, Ontario area.

There's a really bad picture of what the park will look like (from above) here:
A pic of the ferris wheel:
An artists rendering of the park from... a distance

It'll be a huge improvement from 15yrs ago with the ugly Maple Leaf Village giant wheel & tacky carnie-rides.

Wednesday, June 8, 2005 9:19 AM
It does sound much better than Maple Leaf, but does Niagra really NEED the amusement park?
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 9:45 AM
Orlando doesn't NEED another theme park but I certainly wouldn't mind one!
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 11:07 AM
Well, the reasons for doing it make a lot of sense and it will improve Clifton Hill, especially if it is designed with the level of quality they are saying it will have.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 12:12 PM
Maple Leaf Village may have had a carnival like atmosphere at times, but it was a great place to work...I was there for 4 years, and did a few of the different jobs, as well as being the last person to run the wheel in regular service (not including operation for potentional buyers) It was sad to see that go elsewhere....I think we need something, but i'm not sure if this is the answer....Marineland is starting to add more rides (big investment last year on 400ft 3 leg sky screamer and 2 other flat rides) Problem there is that everything is sooooooo far away from everything else. In order to get to Dragon Mountain (Arrow Coaster) you have to walk a mile, then the Sky screamer you have to walk up a rather large hill (so i've been told) to get to it....They need more shade to....I haven't been in a while, but that's the way it was before, and from what others have said, it's the way it still is....It'll be interesting to see what happens with the new park idea. One thing for sure, we definitly need another coaster in niagara falls!!
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 12:46 PM
For those worried about the 30 acre area, don't forget, Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio sat on 36 acres and had TWO wooden rollercoasters.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 3:26 PM
How much real estate does Kennywood occupy? I'm sure it's more than 30 acres but I know it isn't huge. How about Rye Playland? That place is pretty small but manages to feel big. It's all about how the land is used and how things are arranged. A site with trees and gardens feels a lot bigger than a 30 acre concrete pad.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 3:56 PM
Sounds great to me! Please...just give me another reason to go back to the falls. I loved it before, and I didn't even know at the time Marineland had anything worth riding, (I know...bad attitude. But I've learned since then.). I don't see any problem anybody should have up there, tourism is going to be there either way, might as well keep 'em as long as possible and give them things to do. As far as the noise level, it sounds like the parks people are doing what they can to help with it.
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 9:36 PM
Anytime they add a woodie...It gives me a big old *****!

Smile you perverts...SMILE! :-)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 2:28 AM
Hmmm, you have my attention.

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