Worlds of Adventure proposes new animal attraction

Posted Monday, October 22, 2001 4:53 AM | Contributed by Chitown

Six Flags Worlds of Adventure wants to build a new animal attraction to draw more visitors to its wildlife side of the park, sold to them by Busch last year when it was Sea World of Ohio. The attraction will involve lions and be built in the area between the two formerly separate parks. The attraction will open in 2003.

Read more from The Plain Dealer.

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Monday, October 22, 2001 5:06 AM
john peck's avatar Good. The park is aware it needs to spread out traffic and get even more family attractions in. Listening to guest concerns is a good sign people!
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Monday, October 22, 2001 8:18 AM
Will they still make the hypercoaster, dark ride, and new monorail?
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Monday, October 22, 2001 8:43 AM
Jeff's avatar Who said they were going to do any of that?

Regardless of what expertise they have, I'm a bit concerned about them adding more animal attractions. I recently went through the wild life side with my wife and two other biologists, and they were very concerned about the habitats. They were worried about the sizes, conditions, diet, etc. They wouldn't go as far as to say they felt the animals were being neglected, but speculated that perhaps they just didn't know how to treat and care for them. In light of the apparent exodus of Sea World people, I can see how that would be possible.

Perhaps most upsetting is that Busch didn't just take the whales, they took their long history of conservation as well.

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Monday, October 22, 2001 9:15 AM
Regardless of what one may think of the habitats for the animals at WOA; very few of the animal people left the park after the merger. Most of the people who left were extra unneeded staff in other departments. On the otherhand one can make the arguement that SFI does not maintain a budget to keep the same level of care in the animals. But I would argue that as well. *** This post was edited by meangene on 10/22/2001. ***
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Monday, October 22, 2001 11:12 AM
Jeff, If you or your party who went with you, have some expertise in animal care, perhaps you should contact the park HQ and offer some suggestions, or complaints from a creditable professional. If they are doing anything wrong, I would like to see it corrected. SFWoA has the potential to be one of THE TOP theme parks in the world, if everything continues to come together properly. I was there this past spring, and though I could see where it needed a lot of work, it was exciting to imagine the possibilities.
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Monday, October 22, 2001 11:37 AM
Shortly after Six Flags Ohio merged with Sea World Ohio, they said that some of the plans they were exploring included expanding the monorail system to link both sides of the park and also an ocean themed dark ride. I read this on their site and in a newspaper site article as well. The hyper coaster has been a pending idea for some time, if it ever gets approved.
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Monday, October 22, 2001 11:40 AM
I heard somewhere that SFMW may provide some of the animals for SFWoA.

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Monday, October 22, 2001 12:32 PM
Zar is right, even C-Buzz had a news update on the hyper.

I am sure that SFI knows how to take care of the animals, not many employees having to do with animal care were let off, if any. SF has two other parks with animals.

The animals seem to be doing fine also.

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Monday, October 22, 2001 2:08 PM
From talking to some of the old Sea World employees the last time I was at SFWoA... "Six Flags is more profit driven than Busch...", "Six Flags just doesen't care about the animals the way Busch did..." None of the old SW employees has much good to say about SF.

It seems like the animals are just an "attraction" to SF, as opposed to Sea World where they were the reason for the park.

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Monday, October 22, 2001 2:59 PM
Please still add the hyper. please please please please........
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Monday, October 22, 2001 6:15 PM
They definitly should add the hyper, that would draw more crowds than the animal attraction, not that I'm against the animal attraction, it is always good for the little people to have somewhere to go while the big people ride their rides. 
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Monday, October 22, 2001 8:50 PM
Why does it just have to be the little people? Along with being a coaster nut, I  am a softy when it comes to animals. I love visiting zoos and I am sure some people here enjoy them also. I think it would be a great addition to the park. However, after what Jeff stated, I hope they can step up and take care of these animals just like Busch and the world class zoos across the nation.

I wish SFGAm had the same attractions. They have the world class coasters but it would be great if they had an animal park as well. My daughter and I would be in heaven.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2001 4:29 AM
I'd like to see all the additions they've proposed, rides and animals.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2001 11:38 AM
SFWoA is my home park, and I must agree that the animals do look a little cramped. I hope that they learn how to take care of all those animals. Its nice to go to that side of the park where it isn't as packed and to relax and watch the shows and animals but it is sad to see some of them in such tiny enclosures.
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