Theme park group looks just outside Nashville for new park

Posted Friday, September 20, 2002 4:39 AM | Contributed by Chad Kelly

Themeparks, LLC is considering a location off of a main highway east of Nashville for a "Thrillopolis" theme park. Local residents think it would be good for their economy, but may cause traffic problems.

Read more and view video from WSMV/Nashville.

Friday, September 20, 2002 5:10 AM
Traffic problems can be solved.... we're talking about a new GCI here! (note the Video)
Friday, September 20, 2002 5:25 AM
This is good news. Central Tennessee has been in need of a good-sized theme park since Opryland closed. I'd be interested to see if the coaster models shown on the NBC segment are part of the final plans.

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Friday, September 20, 2002 6:27 AM
At least the locals are all for it (kind of), unlike those Oklahomans.
Friday, September 20, 2002 7:02 AM
Darnit! You beat me sending it in! There's an article in my paper today. It looks interesting.
Friday, September 20, 2002 8:06 AM
PkI FaNaTiC, which paper did you see it in?

I actually heard about this last week when my girlfriend told me she read it in her local (Mt Juliet News) paper. Actually, here it is.

Here's the Tennessean's version.

I always thought the best areas would be either
1. the area north of Nashville on I-65, between Goodlettsville and White House.
2. the area northwest of Nashville, between I-24 and John Tune airport.
3. the area west of Nashville off I-40 between the airport/dam and Wilson county, would be a good spot. Though I wasn't thinking all the way to Mt Juliet, but maybe thats the only area w/ enough land. And certainly much much better an area for a themepark than downtown Nashville. I'll take it!

Friday, September 20, 2002 8:11 AM

The coasters and rides I could spot were a B&M Inverter (Montu size i belive), GCI woodie (looked like the same layout as the Celebration City one), Vekoma Giant Inverted Boomerang and a Huss Land of Giants.

That's one heck of a park to start with IMO...

Friday, September 20, 2002 8:37 AM
Those may have been handy models that someone borrowed for publicity, not models of coasters actually proposed. The GCI looked familiar.
Friday, September 20, 2002 8:40 AM
Quote from article:
"The Wilson County Economic Development Board confirms that the same group behind Kentucky Kingdom is now looking at several Wilson County sites for its next project."

What? Six Flags is Theme Parks, LLC? Anyone know about this?

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Friday, September 20, 2002 9:02 AM

du8die - that's referring to the group who started Kentucky Kingdom, not the current owners.


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Friday, September 20, 2002 9:05 AM
KK was purchased by SF after these folks developed it.
Friday, September 20, 2002 9:43 AM


Friday, September 20, 2002 9:44 AM

The B&M inverter looks pretty nifty. Twisting drop, vertical loop, zero-g roll, cobra roll, MCBR, etc. Now about the Vekoma GIB: why would they get another one? Maybe they know about Stunt Fall and how well it's (supposedly) doing.

Ooooh. So the people who did KK will also be working on this? Awesome. I love the name, and I'd really like to see a Land of the Giants!

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Friday, September 20, 2002 11:48 AM
That story proved one thing: You can't do a story about building a theme park in the South without getting the qualified opinion of a gun store owner.
Friday, September 20, 2002 12:05 PM
I actually believe Ed Hart bought Kentucky Kingdom from the original owner. I think it was started as a large kiddie park and then closed after one or two seasons. Hart came in, built it up, made the deal with Vekoma for the ride package, etc. I think his last deal was for CCI for Double Trouble (i.e. Twisted Sisters) before they sold out and Six Flags got the park (and massive amounts of debt).


Friday, September 20, 2002 12:18 PM
Since the Tennessean article has Ed Hart saying a waterpark would be built first with expansion to follow rather than building a full-blown park with roller coasters, it appears the models shown on the tv news segment really don't have much to do with current plans.
Friday, September 20, 2002 12:42 PM

Yes I read it in the Tennessean, Raptor Pilot.

Friday, September 20, 2002 1:01 PM
I hope this park gets built. Never been to Nashville. This will give me even more reason to visit! I can't believe WSMV ends the segment with a still shot of the defunct Steel Phantom! **moment of silence for Steel Phantom**
Saturday, September 21, 2002 5:45 AM

OMG!!!! I really, really, really hope that they build this!!! I visit family every year just out side of Nashville, and I am sick of driving all the way to SFOG. That B&M inverter looks amazing!! Hopefully that is the design that they will get.

Saturday, September 21, 2002 9:42 AM

LONNOL, 'moosh, we've heard of Ed Hart before...he's a hero of sorts....are you saying HE is involved with this project? If so, that makes me somewhat more hopeful for the eventual success of the park...:).

Note: I have DECIDED, at long last, that moving out of FL would be the best way for me to (finally) get a job somewhere in the industry....Potential pay cut be darned, I gotta do what I love....not like the State of FL was making me a wealthy man, anyway, LOL....I'd make sure the DOH gets someone good to replace me before I'd go though, the kids our program serves were the real reason I hung in so long....


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