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Old 12-22-2011, 12:48 PM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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Let's fantasize a bit...
There are theme parks and amusement parks across the nation, but what places could and should open a new theme/amusement park for what reasons and under what themes?

Here's a list of most of the Theme/Amusement parks across the nation. We are talking parks that either focus on roller coasters or some sort of theme, but not the "water parks" (only a select few). Water parks aren't AS KNOWN to draw tourism (although there are some such as Schlitterbahn) as theme parks like Disney and Universal Studios, and Amusement parks like Six Flags and Busch Gardens.

After looking over the list (and please don't waste thread space harping over any parks that were left off the lists below. We're imagining possibilities here...) talk about where you would like to see a new theme or amusement park. Why there? What themes? What kind of rides? What would set it apart? Also, what cities seem to be lacking amusement?
USA Theme Parks, Amusement Parks, Waterparks, and Zoos





WALT DISNEY---
Walt Disney Land, (Los Angeles CA) - 1955
Wald Disney World Resort, (Orlando, FL Area) - 1971

SIX FLAGS---
Six Flags over Texas, (Dallas Area) - 1961
Six Flags over Georgia, (Atlanta Area) - 1967
Six Flags St. Louis, (St. Louis Area)
Six Flags Great Adventure, (NYC/Philly area)
Six Flags Magic Mountain, (Los Angeles Area)
Six Flags Great America, (Chicago Area)
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, (San Antonio)
Six Flags America, (Washington, DC Area)
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, (San Francisco Bay Area)
Six Flags New England, (Boston Area)

CEDAR FAIRS---
California's Great America, (San Jose Area) - 1976
Carowinds, (Charlotte Area) - 1973
Cedar Point, (Cleveland Area) -1870
Dorney Park, (Philadelphia Area)
King's Dominion, (Richmond/Washington, DC Area)
King Island, (Cincinnati Area)
Knott's Berry Farm, (Los Angeles Area)
Michigan's Adventure (Muskegon, MI)
Valleyfair, (Minneapolis Area)
Worlds of Fun, (Kansas City Area)

ANHEUSER-BUSCH---
Busch Gardens, Europe, (Hampton Roads Area)
Busch Gardens, Africa, (Tampa Area)
Sesame Place, (Philadelphia Area)
SeaWorld, San Diego, (San Diego Area)
SeaWorld, Orlando, (Orlando Area)
SeaWorld, San Antonio, (San Antonio Area)

UNIVERSAL---
Universal Studios, Hollywood, (Los Angeles Area)
Universal Studios, Orlando, (Orlando Area)

SCHLITTERBAHN---
Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, New Braunfels, (San Antonio Area)
Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, (Houston Area)
Schlitterbahn Kansas City, (Kansas City Area)
Schlitterbahn Ft. Lauderdale, (Miami Area) - *FUTURE* Announced in 2010

HERSHEY PARK---
Hershey Park, (Philadelphia Area)

DOLLYWOOD---
Dollywood, (Knoxville, TN Area)

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Old 12-22-2011, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Never knew these even existed!

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Schlitterbahn Galveston Island, (Houston Area)
Schlitterbahn Kansas City, (Kansas City Area)
Schlitterbahn Ft. Lauderdale, (Miami Area) - *FUTURE* Announced in 2010
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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MTV Networks (Viacom International)---
Nickelodeon Universe (Minneapolis Area)
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:06 PM
 
Location: The City
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HERSHEY PARK---
Hershey Park, (Philadelphia/DC/Baltimore/NYC Area)
Correction above

There are 4 major theme parks within an hour or so from Philly; many are in striking distance of NYC/Philly/DC/Baltimore Think Hershey is closer to Baltimore than it is to Philly for example (yet within about 2 hours or less from nearly all, maybe a little more from NYC, not totally sure but close to two hours


Also Dorney is another that is both NYC and Philly, nearly equadistant from both

Great Adventure is a disaster, 30 million people live within 100 miles
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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Colorado Springs can use a Six Flags.
So could long island,ny!!
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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When I take a look at the list above, one thing jumps out at me...

NO PHOENIX

Then there are a few more that I don't know if they have an amusement park in their metro or not:
Seattle
Portland
Las Vegas (well... kind of, but not one of the listed above)
Memphis
Nashville
Miami
New Orleans
Pittsburgh
Denver (well, there IS a former Six Flags park near downtown Denver...)

Are there (MAJOR) Amusement or Theme Parks near these cities? If so, what?
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:01 PM
 
Location: The City
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When I take a look at the list above, one thing jumps out at me...

NO PHOENIX

Then there are a few more that I don't know if they have an amusement park in their metro or not:
Seattle
Portland
Las Vegas (well... kind of, but not one of the listed above)
Memphis
Nashville
Miami
New Orleans
Pittsburgh
Denver (well, there IS a former Six Flags park near downtown Denver...)

Are there (MAJOR) Amusement or Theme Parks near these cities? If so, what?
Pretty sure Knoebels is in the Pittsburgh area, plus Hershey and Cedar Point are not too far from Pittsburgh
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:11 PM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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Here are some ideas of mine:

"Disney-City" in Las Vegas
"Winter Disney" in Denver

"Busch Gardens America" Saint Louis
"Busch Gardens Asia" in Seattle
"Busch Gardens Oceana" in Phoenix
"Busch Gardens Space" in Houston
"Busch Gardens Arctica" in Alaska

"Six Flags Mile High" in Denver
"Six Flags Nevada" in Las Vegas

"Universal Studios, Vegas" in Las Vegas
"Universal Studios Big Apple" in Brooklyn
"Universal Studios Graceland" in Memphis

"Cedar Fairs @ Stone Mountain Park" in Atlanta

"Schlitterbahn South" in Atlanta (near Galleria Mall along the Chattahoochee River)
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:10 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Detroit and Salt Lake City could use something big like a Six Flags or a Busch Gardens
Phoenix and Las Vegas could use some huge Wisconsin Dells style Waterparks
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Old 12-22-2011, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Never knew these even existed!
Here are few more

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island, Texas (built)
Schlitterbahn Cedar Park, Texas (Proposed)

Schlitterbahn
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