So I guess I shouldn't get my hopes too high for this from yesterday's Herald:
It seems as if Metrozoo is going to propose a 20 acre water park along with a 20 acre entertainment center. If all goes well, a hotel and a theme park will follow.
Any thoughts on this?
Yep, I know that those pesky afternoon thunderstorms in the summer doomed Six Flags Atlantis -- but the problem is just as bad -- if not worse -- for central Florida and it has 5 water parks. As it stands, Metrozoo would be in a choice position as the nearest water park is about a 1 1/2 hour drive away with the Rapids in West Palm Beach.
I think this is a brilliant idea and it might very well pave the way for South Florida to finally build an amusement park.
That's when they announced a *very good* possibility (almost a done deal, yeah right?) of the Whitewater Group's (I think that's who it was) Water/Theme Park for Florida City w/Coasters! In the middle of nowhere @ the South End of the Florida Turnpike (no homes, *relatively* close by) and ... across the street from a high school!
Now Miami wants to put all that noise, an more traffic, right next to the Metro Zoo ... don't think so! Residental and Commercial property totally surround the Zoo!
CC, as far as the area goes Metrozoo has a huge piece of land -- about 300 acres. Obviously you have significant issues when you combine rides with animal habitats though it certainly hasn't stopped places like Wild Adventures, Busch Gardens, Animal Kingdom, Hersheypark, etc. from merging the elements.
They added a carousel last year, which is a start. I think they realize that they have trouble drawing less than 500,000 guests open 365 days a year while the Fair Expo attracted 770,000 guests -- spending more per guest -- in 2 1/2 weeks last year.
I think this will be a huge hit for Metrozoo (if it happens), in part because it already has a built-in audience of half a million guests who will be there annually.
As for the theme park, once Kent's done with Cypress Gardens I wonder if he can connect the dots. He went 3-4 hours south of Valdosta to Cypress Gardens. Another 3-4 hours south and he would have another project trying to combine elements he is all too familiar with.
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