Valley Fair to open in... Tennessee?!

Thursday, June 5, 2003 4:34 PM
A new $3.5 million park is opening June 9th in Nashville, Tennessee and will feature 14 rides including a Pinfari Zyklon coaster and a carousel. http://www.amusementbusiness.com/amusementbusiness/people_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1903377

If you didn't notice, this isn't a Cedar Fair park. ;)

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Thursday, June 5, 2003 5:41 PM
Looks like a traveling carnival...

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Thursday, June 5, 2003 7:28 PM
I noticed that it doesnt say anything about Cedar Fair. Could they legally call their park Valleyfair if it isnt a Cedar Fair park?

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Thursday, June 5, 2003 8:28 PM
Well they are calling it Valley Fair with a space while CP uses the name Valleyfair so I guess that is how you get around it.

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Friday, June 6, 2003 4:06 AM
Come on! How about some originality here? Out of all the park names in the world could they not come up with something better than Valley Fair? How about

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Friday, June 6, 2003 4:17 AM
Actually, the official, legal name of the Cedar Fair park is "Valleyfair!". Note the exclamation point. That is part of the name.
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Friday, June 6, 2003 6:27 AM
Another story about it...

http://www.tennessean.com/local/archives/03/06/33875997.shtml?Element_ID=33875997

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Friday, June 6, 2003 6:35 AM
Kind of reminds me of "Little-A-Merrik-A" in Wisconsin.

3.5 million seems pretty cheap to start a park. It must be of the carnival setting.

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Friday, June 6, 2003 10:38 AM
There was a CB news article about this last year titled "Nashville's Opryland area takes steps to survive". I live in the area and this is the first I've heard about it in the local media. I just hope that if this thing fails, the powers at be don't think that a 'real' park would also fail here, and not realize zero big rides (and old rides) = low attentance (ie. Opryland).

The person on the phone said they're behind Grand Ole Golf, which would have to be the small plot of land dead center in this pic, between the putt putt (GOG) and the outlets mall. Sure looks small.
Link to map.

Here is the latest on the proposed Thrillopolis in Wilson county.

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Friday, June 6, 2003 10:41 AM
Well, yeah--they'll be renaming all the CF parks Valleyfair! real soon now; complete with the removal of coasters until there are only 6 in each park. CP's gonna take a lot of work...whooooole lotta work.

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Friday, June 6, 2003 10:49 AM
I was looking at the aerial photo RaptorPilot provided and I was looking at the remnants of Opryland thinking that some of the greenspace was still there. To my surprise the entire park was completely razed and turned into a parking lot. If you look very closely there is a green space that was the Grizzly River Rampage, which is all that is left. You can see the station, the space in the middle was the spillover lake and you can plainly see the outline around the lake was the course for the ride...and you can even see where the big tunnel once was. How depressing.
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Friday, June 6, 2003 11:04 AM
Despite any issues with the name, I wish them the best of luck. It looks like a family park. It does seem landlocked however.

Is this in a part of the same space where Opryland once stood?

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Friday, June 6, 2003 11:11 AM
Bigkirby...it's not the same space, no. If you are familiar with the area the new park is located on the road in front of the entrance to Opryland hotel off of McGavock pike I believe. Opryland was south of the hotel.
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Friday, June 6, 2003 11:47 AM

RollerJunkie said:
Looks like a traveling carnival...

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AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Friday, June 6, 2003 12:35 PM
You have a good sense of humor, DD. I'll have some of whatever you're taking.

CF parks actually have more than 6* coasters?!

-Danny, do I really need to say it?
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Friday, June 6, 2003 1:04 PM
As far as I know, it's on the other side of McGavock Pike from the Hotel/Shopryland, over where all the small hotels, museum's, and a few food places are. You can see GOG from Briley Parkway.

I've never looked in that area where the Grizzly was, but there are still the same tall rock structures around there, where they used to be. Part of the mall is where the front section of the park was, not just the parking lot.

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Friday, June 6, 2003 1:24 PM
First, gotta take a shot at you, Danny...

CP has more than six, so I inserted "good" and still found six "good" coasters. Of course, it's all subjective, but polls and ridership would show TTD, MF, Raptor, Magnum, Mantis, and Wicked Twister as being "good." That's six right there, you'd be hard pressed to find another park with that many "good" coasters in its lineup.

Oh, and btw, Dorney Park has nine coasters. :-p

Anyhoot, this park looks fine and dandy and all with its coaster, but has anyone heard any progress with Thrillopolis? Any locals? I really want this park to happen as it'd be about 3hrs away from home.

Sorry to change the course of the thread slightly.

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Friday, June 6, 2003 1:38 PM
"-Danny, do I really need to say it?"

That means I was joking since it seems I always have to say I am just so someone won't take some of the funny stuff seriously. I know, it takes you a little more time to catch on than the others, Joe... Cheap shot! ;)

I know how many coasters Dorney has and 9 includes 3 kiddie coasters *and* Hercules... Negative points plus tax? Haha.

CP has more than 6 good coasters IMO, but Mantis isn't one of them. Add in Gemini, Blue Streak, Wildcat, even Disaster Transport! Doesn't matter as I was playin' around anyways. Thanks for playing too. Joe Cool with me. =p

-Danny
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Friday, June 6, 2003 1:41 PM
RP I tried to put in a link on here to mapquest and I don't know how to create a short link on my mac & t the link made this page too big - blah...so anyway...If you look on mapquest by clicking 'south' a few times on your pic above you'll see grizzly. It's at the north end of the parking lot as the only patch of green trees btwn the parking lot and the hotel.

I see a sidewalk that goes from the parking lot all the way over to it. I wonder if it's public access or not? Looks like wardrobe and the warehouses are gone as well, but I see Oprylands old office, the building that is next to that, and the building that housed TNN. Before today i just thought the mall was in oprylands old parking lot. I did not realize that they paved over the entire park sans the Grizzly. I never went that far back into the parking lot of the mall, so next time I'm at home I am going to take a trip out there and see if I can get back to the grizzly greenspace.
*** This post was edited by coasterfreaky 6/6/2003 5:50:38 PM ***

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Friday, June 6, 2003 4:00 PM
I had seen the area on mapquest. What I meant was I've never actually looked inside the rock structure (where the actual ride would have been) while I was there. I only see the rocks every time (and I comment on them every time :) ) and didn't think anything was beyond them. I'll definately look next time I'm there.
I wonder why the tunnel area would be visible on the map though. It's the grassy section at the top, right? Unless they had to dig up that part to get the tunnel out, if it went all the way around (under) the waterway.

BTW, they just changed that map not too long ago. It used to be from somewhere around right after the park had closed.

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