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The Northwest, definitely. One of the reasons I left Seattle in May 2001 was the lack of roller coasters. And in the 10 years+ I’ve been away, the situation hasn’t improved at all.

 

People will cite the weather as a reason for the lack of theme parks (“It rains there all the time…”), but this excuse doesn’t hold. Seattle has some of the nicest weather in the country - it’s very moderate, never too hot or too cold. I now live in New York - New York gets many more inches of rainfall per year than Seattle, and it doesn’t prevent New York from having theme parks. Hey, if Scandinavia can have awesome theme parks with its cooler northern climate, then the Northwest should be able to as well.

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Houston, and New Orleans.

 

These places are local enough to me, so I know what I'm talking about. Houston is, what, the 3rd most populated US city? Astroworld was great, but since demolished, they don't have any parks, and the closest thing to an amusement park is Schlitterbahn Galveston, a good hour away.

 

Baton Rouge already has a small amusement park with a Galaxi, a vekoma boomerang, and two crappy spinning coasters, in addition to a very credible water park (Blue Bayou), and with a medium sized population I think that's adequate. But NOLA has had nothing since SFNO, which housed an amazing CCI (Mega Zeph). Once, Viacom promised a big Nickelodeon Park on the SFNO site, but backed out quietly. There was also supposed to be a water park at the site, which has been scrapped too. There's two pretty intact vekomas there, (backwards looper and boomerang) it would be a bargain to just restore the salvageable rides and open a small park there for any stable company.

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Having lived there for a few years while in High School, I can say West Virginia could really use a theme park. They do have Camden Park, I small park in Huntington that is currently the states only amusement park. Of course, they are suppose to be building Wild Escape near Wheeling, but I haven't really heard much about it recently.

 

 

Really about the best place in West Virginia to build any kind of themepark would be in the Eastern Panhandle town of Martinsburg, for two key reasons. They can attract the Baltimore and DC crowd and Berkeley County ( Martinsburg ) does NOT have any zoning whatsoever. The way it is right now one can build any size park anywhere they want in that county...and the county can NOT touch you with a ten foot pole.

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The Northwest, definitely. One of the reasons I left Seattle in May 2001 was the lack of roller coasters. And in the 10 years+ I’ve been away, the situation hasn’t improved at all.

+1. I have a friend who lives in the Vancouver WA area who's told me that the nearest park is SFDK, she gets a bit jealous when I brag about going to SFNE.

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The Northwest, definitely. One of the reasons I left Seattle in May 2001 was the lack of roller coasters. And in the 10 years+ I’ve been away, the situation hasn’t improved at all.

+1. I have a friend who lives in the Vancouver WA area who's told me that the nearest park is SFDK, she gets a bit jealous when I brag about going to SFNE.

 

Has your friend ever heard of Wild Waves

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I am dying down here. I just moved here from Washington D.C. there no theme park relatively close. Louisiana and Alabama are on either side but neither have theme parks within reason. Does anyone or has anyone heard of any developments to build a park down here? (Besides SFNO attempts). With Biloxi being such a huge market for Casinos and beach goers and great weather I am surprised that nothing has been planned.

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I don't think every park would end up like HRP. I think even something on the scale of Galveston Pleasure Pier would be recieved well here.

 

I've read things about a MGM theme park for Mississippi that didn't happen.

MGM Theme Park

 

but that was north misissippi... which is 6 hours away.

 

Sigh

 

 

That was victim of the economy of 2008.

 

Anywho, is there a pier large enough to pull off one of Landry's boardwalk/ piers? I'm wishing for somthing similar for Mud Island in Memphis. They now know where to build the Island up after last year.

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Having done quite a bit of research in my Master's program about the area last year, I would guess a major factor has to be the insurance rates. I know many residents have been unable to rebuild after Katrina due to the insurance being way too high... something that greatly frustrates them. I would imagine this is true for potential theme park developers too.

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^Good point. Costs have to be the sole reason. Aside from the start up costs being high (rides aren't cheap), the insurance (ride insurance+hurricane insurance) would be ridiculous. I could only imagine the costs of building a pier in the Gulf Coast post Katrina (good luck getting financing on that!).

 

Beach and Casino development is much more profitable because there isn't as high of an initial start up cost, and someone could see a return much quicker. $1 million bucks (rough cost of a major flat ride) could buy quite a few slot machines that will instantly make money...

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